What is the difference between bitumen and roofing leather?
There is no difference between the words “bitumen” and “roofing leather”. Bitumen is more well-known, but it is the same as roofing leather. Bitumen is made from refined petroleum. It is obtained by removing the lighter fractions of petroleum from crude oil during the refining process. The heaviest component remains, which is bitumen, a dark and viscous liquid. This is why it is also called roofing felt or tar felt.
Advantages of roofing leather
Roofing leather is a popular choice for roofers, and it offers a number of benefits, including:
The lifespan of roofing leather is about 25 to 40 years. The product is still being developed, which is why some people are already talking about an even longer lifespan.
Roofing leather is an affordable roofing material. We estimate a price of €60 to €95 per square meter, including installation.
Roofing leather is waterproof when installed properly. Of course, you don’t have to worry about this at VIP Dakservice.
It is very easy to repair a small leak in roofing leather. Cracks in the roofing leather can be easily repaired by melting the pieces together. This process is also known as “burning” the roofing leather. A leak in roofing leather can often be repaired within 24 hours.
Roofing leather is available in multiple colors, so you can choose colors other than the standard black that may better match the rest of your home.
You can melt roofing leather over itself a maximum of two times, which is sometimes a quick and easy solution for a roof leak.
When should you replace your roof leather materials?
Roofing leather is a great type of roofing material and is very easy to repair. If you have a leak in your roof, the roofer at VIP Roofing Service can fix it in a jiffy. Repairing roofing leather is a matter of melting the pieces that have been removed back together. We can often fix the leak in this way.
If it is a major leak or your roof is 25 years old, it is wise to replace your roof. This can be done by simply placing a new layer on top. However, it is advised to only do this once. If there is already a second layer and you are experiencing a major leak, we will remove everything and install new roofing leather.
Cost of roof leather replacement
Roofing leather is not only the easiest type of roofing material to work with, it is also relatively the cheapest for your flat roof. We will come and lay roofing leather for you starting at 60 euros per square meter. This includes the cost of materials, installation, and finishing. For more information about finishing, materials, and costs, please contact us or make an appointment to visit our showroom in Hedel.
Different types of roof leather materials
At VIP Dakservice, we generally work with two different types of bitumen, also known as roofing leather: SBS and APP. Both types are of high quality, but they differ slightly in some respects. In addition, you can vary in color and shape, although the most popular color is still gray or black. White roofing leather has sustainable advantages. White roofing leather is produced in such a way that it ensures that your home does not heat up as quickly. A white roof reflects sunlight, which results in more yield from your solar panels and a less warm house, which you then do not have to cool with air conditioners.
SBS roofing leather
SBS roofing leather stands for Styreen Butadieen Styreen. SBS roofing leather is made of elastomer, which makes this type of roofing leather more elastic than APP. The main advantage of SBS is that its elasticity can absorb any movement of the underlying layer (insulation, wood, etc.) well and therefore will not tear easily. SBS is, on the other hand, less resistant to a lot of UV radiation when it is not well protected.
APP roofing leather
APP roofing leather stands for Atactic Polypropylene and is made up of thermoplastic. This type of roofing leather is flexible at certain ambient temperatures due to this thermoplastic, and therefore APP is better able to withstand UV radiation and other weather influences than SBS roofing leather.
Our working method for replacing roofing leather
Do you have roofing felt roofing that is partially worn out, or completely worn out, and do you want advice on how to replace it best? We are happy to help you with all options. You can expect the following from us:
1. Discuss requirements
If you want to replace your roofing leather, you can easily choose the material that is already on it. Roofing leather can always be welded together. But you can also add a new layer. You can do this once. After that, the roof covering will be too heavy. You can also choose a different pattern or color. We will advise you thoroughly, so that you can make the best quality and most beautiful choice.
2. Roof Inspection
A roof inspection is free and always part of the request to be able to properly assess the quality of the roof and roof structure before starting the assignment. We can always make an indicative quote, but before we schedule the actual assignment, we always come to measure the roof exactly and check for surprises such as rotten parts of the rafter frame. This way, the customer never faces unexpected costs.
3. Determine number of m²
A key part of the roof inspection is measuring the number of square meters. The number of square meters determines the price in the quote. To do this, the number of square meters for your roof must be accurately measured. We use advanced materials for this so that we work sustainably and carefully. However, sometimes certain obstacles make it a bit more difficult, such as a skylight.
This quote is free and we will send it to you so you can review it at your leisure. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us and we will adjust the quote as needed.
5. Scheduling assignment
Once you approve the quote, we will contact you to schedule an appointment to replace your roof. We will take into account all schedules and the time we need to install your roof.
6. Performing assignment
We’ll be at your doorstep, ready to start the roof replacement process at the agreed-upon time. We’ll efficiently remove the old roof and replace it with a beautiful new one, ensuring minimal disruption to your daily routine. Once the work is complete, we’ll thoroughly clean up the area, leaving your surroundings pristine.
Once the project is complete, we will take some time to conduct an evaluation. We will use photos to show you how the roof was built. These photos will also be shared with you. How did you experience the entire process? Are you satisfied? Are there any areas for improvement? We also always ask if you would be willing to share your experience with our future customers.
Why VIP Dakservice for your roof replacement?
For personal customer contact, clear coordination, and the best project results, you’re in the right place with VIP Dakservice.
Here are some reasons why getting your roof replaced by VIP Dakservice is a good idea:
Working with the latest and most durable materials
Roof leak repaired within 24 hours
25-year manufacturer's warranty
10-year warranty on the completed project
No long wait times
High customer satisfaction
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