Expert Roofing Contractors in the design & installation of all roof types
FBR Construction offers a wide range of domestic and commercial services at highly competitive prices. There are a number of different roofing styles that we specialise in:
- Slate Roofing
- Tile Roofing
- Fibreglass Roofing
- Zinc & Copper Roofing
The Roof Design
A “truss roof” is a roof which is made in a factory and delivered on site for erection. Price can vary from supplier but this can bring down the labour costs dramatically compared to a cut roof. Once the truss roof is on site, it can be erected within a few days and your new home can be sealed from all weather conditions.
Materials and timber are delivered on site, and are designed and fabricated by a carpenter. This process can be more labour intensive and more costly, however it can lend itself to more unusual design features.
What is the difference between natural slates and fibre cement slates?
- The principle difference is that natural slates are quarried and fibre-cement slates are man-made.
- Natural slate guarantees can be up to 70 years while fibre-cement slate guarantees are generally up to 30 years.
- Natural slates are pieces of true slate rock split and dressed for use as a roof slate. Natural slates require specialist skilled slates and have to be graded on site according to their thickness.
- Fibre-cement slates consist of Portland cement, reinforcing fibres and water.
- Laying natural slates can be a slower process than fibre-cement slates. Labour costs can be greater due to the extra work required.
- The appearance and finish of a fibre-cement slated roof is consistent and precise while a natural slate roof tends to create more rustic look with natural tonal variations.
The term “Tile Roof” is very broad, because there are so many different styles, colours, and materials that can be used for roofing tiles. These tiles include clay roofing tiles and concrete roofing tiles, as well as innovative new roofing tiles. We can discuss the merits of each with you to insure the proper installation and roofing material for your job.
What are the different types of tiles available to the Irish market?
Clay Roofing Tiles
Clay roofing tiles are still commonly used today because they are very durable and offer good protection. They easily handle the worst weather conditions and can be fireproof. Clay tiles come in a wide variety of colours and styles and easily provide lifetimes of 40 to 50 years.
Concrete Roofing Tiles
Concrete roofing tiles are very durable and usually last the lifetime of the house. When properly installed concrete roofs offer superior protection from wind, rain, and hail; withstanding winds of 125 miles per hour. Like clay tiles, concrete comes in a wide variety of colours, textures, and styles. They can easily be given the appearance of any other roofing material, such as clay, slate, of cedar shingles.
Fibreglass Roofing – also known as GRP Roofing – is guaranteed for 30 years with little or no degeneration. It is commonly used on flat roofs, balconies and wet rooms. Fibreglass is new to the Irish market in the last 5 years. It’s a durable material that can tolerate foot traffic on a day-to-day basis. Instead of your standard grey colour with other roofing materials, with fibreglass you can choose an RAL colour as your finished colour.
If you are having issues with planning due to heights, fibreglass is an ideal solution for fitting a flat roof.
Zinc & Copper Roofing
Zinc & Copper is weatherproof, corrosion resistant, and not degraded by ultraviolet light. A patina on the surface protects it from moisture. As a result, zinc and copper roofing and cladding has a very long service life, and can in theory last a lifetime.
The long life of a zinc and copper roof makes it cost an effective choice when considering whole life costs. The material is also 100% recyclable and takes just half the energy to produce from ore than steel or copper, and a quarter of the energy required for aluminium.
See our Work
See our Roofing photo gallery for examples of previous work we have completed.