Roofing Innovations



Roofing Innovations

Allia Future Business Centres Ltd, Future Business Centre, King’s Hedges Road, Cambridge CB4 2HY
Office Hours

Mon-Fri: 8am – 5pm

Saturday: 8am – 1pm

Sunday: Closed

Our Services

At roofing innovation we have the skills and experience in install all of the below services. We provide a project manager to oversee the quality and progress on site. Our teams have a wealth of knowledge and training to undertake the below services.

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Natural Slate

Slate is a product with unmatchable technical properties that adapts to any project, always providing considerable added value. Slates gives any roof or facade an inimitable, timeless, unchanging appearance. Its elegance and personality confer a unique character.


Fibre Cement Slate

Fibre Cement slates are designed to reflect the qualities of natural slate. Available in a range of colours and beautifully textured surfaces. Combining the benefit of modern slate technology with the look of a natural slate.


Clay Tiles

The beauty of natural clay tiles lies in the way which they retain the natural colour of the clay material before maturing to a darker, richer shade. The degree to which this occurs and the rapidity with which any changes takes place depends upon two factors. The first is the nature of the tile itself, and the second is the environment in which it is laid.

Machine made tiles are extremely dense and durable. Accumulations of extraneous material are slow to take hold and the appearance of the tile is slow to change. The colour of the tile will not fade under any circumstances and the slow change that does take place will be a steady darkening of colour.

Due to the nature of the clay tile production process, slight colour variations are to be expected and actually in many cases enhance the look of the finished roof.


Concrete tiles

The majority of concrete roof tiles manufactured around the world are surface treated. This protects the tile during the early, critical stages of the product’s life.

All concrete tiles are coloured to give them the appropriate appearance and unlike clay tiles, this colour will eventually fade over time. However, manufacturers can take measures to ensure that their concrete tiles are colour-fast, such adding colour throughout body of the tile as well as its surface, then adding an acrylic coating.

This treatment of concrete tiles has a host of benefits such as enhancing the intensity of the tile colours, prolonging the life of the pigment rich tile surface and protecting it from rain water erosion. By adding colour to these products, manufacturers can ensure that the colour is consistent between product batches of tiles and fittings.




It is also possible to finish a sloped roof with zinc. These days, zinc roofs are especially seen on modern houses with a deviating or unique roof construction.


Applying a zinc roof is a job for specialised roofers. In case of a pitched roof, one usually applies the ‘standing seam system’, although zinc can also be applied in the shape of zinc slates.

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Torch on Felt roof

Two or three layers of bitumen sheet are applied by gas torch to form the roof coating. This is a very cost-effective option. Roofing felt keeps flat roofs watertight and has been used for over one hundred years. It’s made from a mixture of bitumen, fibrous membrane and sand. With a lifespan of around 30 years and a mid-tier price point, it’s a solid choice for flat roofs and is suitable for some sloped roofs too. One of its advantages is its malleability and a multi-layering approach that stands up well to foot traffic. 

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GRP and Fibreglass flat roof

One of the main benefits of GRP roofing is that it has an incredible strength to weight ratio, meaning that less material is required to provide good strength properties. GRP also has a number of unique properties which result in it being able to be moulded to almost any shape, around and over irregular roof shapes and uneven structures.

GRP is incredibly resistant to corrosion, meaning that it can be installed on roofs near factories and commercial buildings that handle chemicals.


Single Ply membrane

This is one of many single-ply membrane options, with other variants available including PIB, TPE and TPO. Gas is polymerised to form a vinyl resin which creates a durable composite. This material can be made in numerous different colours. Single ply roofing systems are one of the most popular of flat roofing materials, particularly advantageous if the project has weight and load bearing considerations. The membrane is durable and resistant to European climate conditions, tears and punctures, yet incredibly lightweight, typically 2-3kg per square metre. The speed of installation makes it a cost-effective method. They generally provide good value for money, although it requires a more specialised fitting process.

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EPDM is a rubber-like material, which means that it is flexible. This means that EPDM roofing can be used on roofs that have uneven structures, or structures such as skylights, pipes and gutters without any issues. The rubber material is not easily broken, meaning it will not be damaged by falling items or other impacts. This flexibility also reduces the potential for cracks to appear because its flexibility allows for expansion and contraction. Additionally, EPDM roofing is breathable, but impermeable, meaning moisture and heat can escape from the roof, but moisture, smoke and other vapours cannot enter the roof space. This helps prevent moisture build-up in the roof which can lead to damp, rot and structural damage.

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Loft Conversions

Turning your unused roof space into living space is an extremely cost effective way to create extra rooms in your property as most of the structure is already in place. Loft conversions are becoming increasingly popular as homeowners look to increase the size of their home instead of moving. A modest loft conversion can be as low as £40,000 depending on the extent of the works required. By comparison, the cost of moving house, (over and above the additional cost of your mortgage), can easily be in the £15 – £20k range.

Almost all loft spaces can be converted providing there is sufficient space to stand up in the middle. As a rule of thumb, providing that the distance from the top of the ceiling joists to the underside of the ridge timber exceeds 2.4m then it should be possible to convert your loft. Whilst 2.4m sounds very generous, once additional structure is added (floor joists, ridge beam etc) this height will become nearer to 2.1m.

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