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Freephone: 0800 023 8350
Telephone: 01438 229 655
Mobile: 07961 147 476
enquiries@tjcoppingroofing.com

A 4th generation family run business

Roofing Services Finchley | Roofer Finchley | Roof Repair Finchley | Flat Roof Repair Finchley

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Reliability and timekeeping

9.95

Tidiness

9.88

Courtesy

9.92

Workmanship

9.91

Invoice history is based on 299 reviews

Charged as per quote

96.32 %

Above quote (kept informed)

3.68 %

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T. J. Copping Ltd Roofing Specialists are a family owned roofing company who have been successfully trading since 1960. Their desire to offer a quality roofing service with competitive rates is as strong today as it's always been.

Flat roofing: Finchley by T. J. Copping Ltd Roofing Services.

A little Finchley history

Finchley probably means "Finch&39;s clearing" in late Anglo-Saxon; the name was first recorded in the early 13th century. Finchley is not recorded in the Domesday Book, but by the 11th century its lands were already held by the Bishop of London. In the early medieval period the area was made up of rather sparsely populated woodland.

Proper farming began at Finchley in the 12th and 13th centuries and by the 15th and 16th centuries the woods on the eastern side of the parish had been cleared to form Finchley Common. The medieval Great North Road, which ran through the common, was not a place that was safe to travel owing to the number of highwaymen who frequented the area until the early 19th century.

T. J. Copping Ltd Roofing Services specialise in flat felt roofing construction and have a very long list of satisfied customers in the Finchley area.

We have been in the flat roofing business for many years and can supply any new customers with references and a free, no obligation quote. All our work carries a guarantee for you added peace of mind too.

Flat roof construction methods in Finchley

Any sheet of material used to cover a flat or low-pitched roof is usually known as a membrane and the primary purpose of these membranes is to waterproof the roof area.

Materials that cover flat roofs typically allow the water to run off from a slight inclination or camber into a nearby gutter system. Gutter systems have the advantage of keeping both walls and foundations dry. Gutters on smaller roofs often lead water directly onto the ground, or better still, into a specially made soak away or water butt. Occasionally, however, flat roofs are designed to collect water in a pool, usually for aesthetic purposes, or for rainwater buffering.

Traditionally most flat roofs in the western world make use of tar or asphalt more usually felt paper applied over roof decking to keep a building watertight. The felt paper is in turn covered with a flood coat of bitumen, which is asphalt or tar, and then gravel to keep the sun's heat, UV rays and weather off it and helps protect it from cracking, blistering or degrading too rapidly. Roof decking is usually of plywood, chipboard or Oriented Strand Board, also known as Sterling board of around 18mm thickness, steel or concrete. The mopping of bitumen is applied in two or more coats as a hot liquid, heated in a kettle. A flooded coat of bitumen is applied over the felts and gravel is embedded in the hot bitumen.

A main reason for failure of these traditional roofs is ignorance or lack of maintenance where people or events cause the gravel to be moved or removed from the roof membrane, commonly called a built-up roof, thus exposing it to weather and sun. Cracking and blistering occurs and eventually water gets in, which is why you should give us a call regularly to save a large repair bill at a later date.

Roofing felts are usually a paper or fibre material impregnated in bitumen. As gravel cannot protect tarpaper surfaces where they rise vertically from the roof such as on parapet walls or up stands, the felts are usually coated with bitumen and protected by sheet metal flashings.

Benefits and uses of flat roof systems in Finchley

A flat felt roof is the most cost-efficient roof shape as all space can be used fully, whether it is below or above the roof. Having a smaller surface area, flat felt roofs require less material and are usually stronger than pitched roofs. This style of roof allows ample space for solar panels or outdoor recreational use such as roof gardens. Applying a tough waterproofing membrane forms the ideal substrate for green roof planting schemes.

Where gable roofs are uncommon or space is limited, flat roofs may be used as living spaces, with sheltered kitchens, bathrooms, living and sleeping areas. In third world countries, such roof tops are commonly used as areas to dry laundry, for storage, and even as a place to raise livestock. Other uses include pigeon coops, helipads, sports areas like tennis courts, and restaurants outdoor seating. So you see there really is no end to the uses of a felt flat roof.

Flat roof maintenance in Finchley

A flat felt roof will last much longer if it is properly maintained. Some will use 10 years as the average life cycle of a felt roof, although this does depend on the type of flat roof system in place. Some old tar and gravel roofers acknowledge that unless a roof has been neglected for too long, a BUR, otherwise known as a built up roof of tar, paper and gravel, will last 2030 years. There are BUR systems in place dating to the early 1900s.

So if you live in or around the Finchley area and would like to talk to us about your flat felt roof, or any other roofing project, we want to hear from you.

We are frequently in the Finchley area and all our roofing work is carried out with the utmost professionalism and care, we know you'll be delighted with the end result. Call T. J. Copping Ltd Roofing Services today for a free, no obligation quote.

T. J. Copping Ltd Roofing Specialists are always a phone call away and are happy to offer a thoroughly professional roofing service to their clients. With public liability insurance and a guarantee of a free, no obligation quotation, we really are the roofing company you can trust to get the job done.

Some of the specialist roofing services we carry out:

  • Any new roof work and repair work
  • Domestic and commercial roofing
  • Slating and tiling
  • Flat roofs (single ply membrane and high-performance torch-on felt)
  • Lead work, Bays, valleys, parapets, flashings and box gutters
  • Cement work (verges and chimney stacks)
  • Fascias, soffits and guttering
  • Insurance work
  • Repairs and maintenance such as slipped slates, broken tiles, leaking gutters and overhauls.

Further Information

If you would like to know more or are interested in a quote we would be happy to help. Phone us on 01438 229 655, email us at enquiries@tjcoppingroofing.com or fill in our contact form and we will be in touch as soon as possible.

Areas covered:

Freephone: 0800 023 8350

Telephone: 01438 229 655

Mobile: 07961 147 476

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