When it comes to roof conversions, one of the most requested projects is changes to garage roofs. Many old garage roofs develop issues when they deteriorate over the years, so there comes a time when property owners decide it’s best to upgrade. This can be due to garage leaks, structural issues or unsightly materials.

Any type of roof conversion should involve the expertise of a qualified roofer to give your project the best chance of success. Here’s everything you need to know.

Can you convert a garage roof?

There are lots of benefits of garage roof conversions, giving you a chance to create a durable roofing solution that works for you. Think about what you intend to use your garage for and how to get the most out of the space.

Flat-to-pitched roof conversions are popular for their attractive look and increased headroom. If the garage roof conversion is purely for aesthetical reasons, you may even decide that the existing flat roof doesn’t need removing, installing the new pitched structure on top. Work with an expert roofer to choose the right solution, and they may be able to match the material to your property.

Can you make changes to garage roofs without planning permission?

In the UK, garage roof changes may require planning permission, depending on what’s involved and the specific alterations you want to complete. If the work falls within permitted development rights, usually for minor alterations and extensions, planning permission may not be necessary.

However, any garage roof alterations must meet conditions, such as not exceeding certain height limits, adhering to material constraints and not obstructing public visibility. If the property is located in a conservation area, further restrictions may apply.

When you hire a garage roofer, they can advise further and guide you to the right support from your local planning authority if necessary. This will avoid problems further down the line.

What’s the best flat roofing for a new garage roof?

In some cases, a complete garage roof replacement is required, especially if your old flat roofing has rust, water pooling or leaks. Modern flat roof systems are still popular for garage roof upgrades, especially as the price is often more cost-effective.

It’s best to speak to your local roofer about the best flat roofs for garages, as there are lots of good options on the market, including EPDM rubber, GRP fibreglass and high-quality felt. The latter involves high-performance bitumen that’s heated and bonded for a more durable and waterproof structure than old felt roofs.

As well as getting the right look for your garage roof, always consider functionality, including its predicted lifespan, insulation and strength.

Need a garage roof upgrade? Contact us

Radlett Roofing can assist with all garage roofing projects, coming out to Hertfordshire locations such as Potters Bar and Rickmansworth.

For a free garage roofing quote, contact us now.