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Flat Roof Insulation

The type of insulation used in a new flat roof is dependent on the roof specification. On a new concrete slab, with a screed, semi-rigid insulation boards such as expanded polystyrene board, extruded polystyrene board, glass fibre batts, mineral fibre batts, urethane foam board or phenolic foam board are laid under the roof covering. In a new timber structure, glass fibre quilt and mineral fibre quilt can be laid between the joists. In case of an existing flat roof, insulation can be increased externally with extruded polystyrene or foamed glass, or internally with an insulated lining board such as mineral fibre or polyurethane foambacked plaster-board.

Three choices are available for insulating a flat roof depending on the roof specification:
  • Cold roof
  • Warm roof
  • inverted roof

It is essential to understand the difference between those specifications to be able to install insulation in the right place to create a vapour barrier in the right area and prevent rotting of the roof joists.

Warm roof

A warm roof is when the insulation spans across the top of all the joists; it must be continuous and span over every joist. This means that any air rising from underneath would make the void between the joists warm hence a ‘warm roof’.

Cold roof

In a cold roof the insulation is put at the bottom of the joists or below the joists. This way sufficient ventilation is maintained which allows air to circulate above the insulation (below the roof). The void above the insulation should be at least 50mm thick. In this case the decking with the roof on it, which is above the joists, would be cold hence a ‘cold roof’.

Common mistake in the roof specification is when the insulation is installed inside the joists (close to the top part of the joists). This makes the roof neither cold nor warm, creating the void below the insulation. In this case there is no ventilation which makes the whole roof ‘sweat’ and causes the joists to rot.

Inverted roof

The inverted roof concept which is also known as protected membrane or upside down roofing. This method ensures insulating both the water proofing membrane and the reinforced concrete slab from extreme thermal stress. This is achieved by placing an extruded polystyrene thermal insulation board above, instead of below the waterproofing membrane and can be used for insulating flat topped buildings or balconies, retail or office developments, flats, hospitals, airports, hotels and residential housing in areas where roof is exposed to high temperatures.

Insulationshop.co offers a wide range of high density flat roof insulation from manufacturers such as Xtratherm, Celotex, Knauf, Kay Metzeler, Cellecta and more. For more information about particular products please see product description.

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Brand: Xtratherm Model and Size: 2400x1200 - 2.88m2
Delivery Time: 1-3 working days
Xtratherm Plydeck is a composite insulated panel consisting of a 50mm Xtratherm Polyisocyanurate core with a composite foil face, bonded to 9mm OSB board. This innovative product provides both thermal insulation and decking in one application. Application Xtratherm Plydeck is designed ..
Guide Price: £41.38
£49.66 inc VAT
25mm Unilin FR/MG Flat Roof Board - pack of 18 25mm Unilin FR/MG Flat Roof Board - pack of 18
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Brand: Unilin (prev. Xtratherm) Model and Size: 1200mm x 600mm - 12.96m2
Delivery Time: 3 - 5 days
25mm Unilin FR/MG is a high performance PIR core with mineral coated glass facers suitable for use below single ply waterproofing systems and partially bonded built-up felt. It is compatible with adhesively bonded single ply roofing membranes laid on mechanically fixed ..
Guide Price: £109.97
£131.96 inc VAT
Brand: Xtratherm Model and Size: 1200x600mm - 7.2m2
Delivery Time: 3 - 5 days
Xtratherm FR-MG 50mm is a mineral coated glass faced board. Xtratherm XT/FR MG boards should be laid over the vapour control layer in a break bonded pattern. The long edges of the boards should be laid at right angles to the direction of the substrate and all edges must be fully supported by the dec..
Guide Price: £85.32
£102.38 inc VAT
Brand: Recticel Model and Size: 1200x2400mm - 2.88m2
Delivery Time: 1-3 working days
96mm Recticel Plylok PIR Flat Roof Insulation Board is a rigid PIR board consisted of a few bonded elements contributing to its thermal performance and rigidity. The closed cell rigid 90mm PIR foam core is faced on both sides with multi-layer aluminium foil and bonded to 6mm WBP plywood. It is ..
Guide Price: £144.76
£173.71 inc VAT
Brand: Celotex Model and Size: 1200x2400mm - 2.88m2
Delivery Time: 1-3 working days
Celotex TB4020 is targeted at cut-to-fit applications between rafters or joists and enables users to achieve lower U-values with a single layer of insulation than has previously been possible. TB4012 is also appropriate for use in floors and walls. With low emissivity foil facings, TB4012 is manufac..
£28.41
£34.09 inc VAT
Brand: Kingspan Model and Size: 2400x1200mm - 34.56m2
Delivery Time: 3 - 5 days
25mm Kingspan Thermaroof TR26 is a high-performance, fibre-free, rigid thermoset PIR insulation core faced on both sides with a low emissivity composite foil facing which is used for insulating flat roofs and is fully compatible with most mechanically fixed single-ply waterproofing systems and most ..
Guide Price: £454.09
£544.91 inc VAT
Brand: Kingspan Model and Size: 25mm TR27 - 8.64m2
Delivery Time: 3 - 5 days
25mm Kingspan Thermaroof TR27 is a PIR insulation board made from highly effective rigid PIR core faced with coated glass tissue on both sides added during manufacturing. The product offers substantial durability and long life span depending on the condition of the supporting structure. Th..
Guide Price: £109.78
£131.74 inc VAT
Brand: Kingspan Model and Size: 3m x 100m - 300m2
Delivery Time: 3 - 5 days
Kingspan Aquazone is a high performance non-woven polyethylene membrane suitable for use on inverted roofs finished with gravel ballast, green roof systems and concrete pavers on appropriate supports. Kingspan Aquazone can can dramatically minimise the cooling effect associated with rainwater flowin..
£566.21
£679.45 inc VAT
Brand: Knauf Model and Size: 1200x600 - 6.48m2
Delivery Time: 1 - 2 days
50mm Rocksilk RS60 Universal Slabs are rock mineral wool slabs, available in a range of densities and designed for use in multiple thermal and acoustic applications where density is critical. The standard product is supplied unfaced, but slabs can also be manufactured with a factory applie..
Guide Price: £41.63
£49.96 inc VAT
Brand: Knauf Model and Size: 1200x600 - 4.32m2
Delivery Time: 2 - 3 working days
50mm Rocksilk RS100 Universal Slabs are rock mineral wool slabs, available in a range of densities and designed for use in multiple thermal and acoustic applications where density is critical. The standard product is supplied unfaced, but slabs can also be manufactured with a factory appli..
Guide Price: £54.60
£65.52 inc VAT
Brand: Knauf Model and Size: 1200x600 - 8.64m2
Delivery Time: 2 - 3 working days
50mm Earthwool Flexible is a non-combustible, inorganic rock mineral wool slab, used for thermal and acoustic insulation and specifically designed for installation by friction fitting. Earthwool Flexible is odourless, non-hygroscopic, rot proof, does not sustain vermin and will not encourage th..
Guide Price: £45.31
£54.37 inc VAT
Brand: EcoTherm Insulation Model and Size: 1200x2400mm - 2.88m2
Delivery Time: 1 - 5 working days
25mm EcoTherm Eco-Versal is a foil faced universal solution for insulating walls, floors, pitched roofs, dormer cheeks and ceilings. It is ideal for insulating timber frame walls and can also be used to insulate solid walls internally. EcoTherm Eco-Versal comprises a fibre free rigid polyisocyanurat..
£12.76
£15.31 inc VAT
Brand: Rockwool Model and Size: 1200x1000 - 24.00m2
Delivery Time: 2 - 3 weeks
60mm Rockwool Hardrock Multi-Fix Dual Density Fleece Faced Boards are manufactured from renewable volcanic stone which produces a non-combustible roofing insulation board. A uniquely versatile solution suitable for all roof covering types - torch, pour and roll, single ply, EPDM, liquid applied and ..
Guide Price: £624.27
£749.12 inc VAT
Brand: Knauf Model and Size: 1200x600 - 14.4m2
Delivery Time: 2 - 3 working days
25mm Rocksilk RS45 Universal Slabs are rock mineral wool slabs designed for use in multiple thermal and acoustic applications where density is critical. The standard product is supplied unfaced, but slabs can also be manufactured with a factory-applied foil or tissue facing and are available with a ..
Guide Price: £41.63
£49.96 inc VAT
Brand: Rockwool Model and Size: RW5 50mm - 2.88m2
Delivery Time: 2 - 3 working days
50mm Rockwool RW5 (Prorox SL960) is a high quality resin bonded rigid slab for a wide range of thermal, acoustic and fire insulation requirements both within buildings and for industry. They are suitable for many applications including thermal insulation for floors, walls, roofs and boiler rooms. Th..
Guide Price: £42.82
£51.38 inc VAT
Brand: Rockwool Model and Size: 1200x600mm - 8.64m2
Delivery Time: 1 - 2 days
50mm x1200mm x 600mm Rockwool Flexi Insulation Slab is a unique semi-rigid thermal and acoustic insulation product made from volcanic rock. It has a flexible edge, specifically developed using patented technology for a fast and easy, perfect friction fit between timber and metal frame syst..
£46.33
£55.60 inc VAT
Brand: Rockwool Model and Size: 600x1200mm - 11.52m2
Delivery Time: 1-3 working days
25mm Rockwool RWA45 is a high quality resin bonded flexible slab for a wide range of thermal, acoustic and fire insulation requirements both within buildings and for industry. They are suitable for many applications including thermal insulation for floors, walls, roofs and boiler rooms. The str..
Guide Price: £34.32
£41.18 inc VAT
Brand: Rockwool Model and Size: 1200x400mm - 5.76m2
Delivery Time: 1 - 2 days
50mm x1200mm x 400mm Rockwool Flexi Insulation Slab is a unique semi-rigid thermal and acoustic insulation product made from volcanic rock. It has a flexible edge, specifically developed using patented technology for a fast and easy, perfect friction fit between timber and metal frame syst..
Guide Price: £30.24
£36.29 inc VAT
50mm Cellecta Hexatherm XROOF 300L Thermal Roof XPS Insulation Board
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Brand: Cellecta Model and Size: 600x1250mm - 0.75m2
Delivery Time: 2 - 4 days
50mm Cellecta Hexatherm XROOF 300L is an extruded polystyrene thermal insulation board designed specically for inverted roof applications where a high resistance to compression and water absorption is essential. XROOF roof insulation boards are ideal for a multitude of roofing requirements, inc..
30mm Rockwool RW3 Slab (Prorox SL930) - pack of 15
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Brand: Rockwool Model and Size: 1200x600mm - 10.8m2
Delivery Time: 2 - 3 working days
30mm Rockwool RW3 Slab (Prorox SL 930) is a semi-rigid resin bonded slab, providing great thermal, acoustic and fire resistance, designed to be used in various applications in floors, walls and roofs, including special applications in industrial buildings for insulation of  ships, offshore plat..
Guide Price: £58.64
£70.37 inc VAT
50mm Cellecta Hexatherm XDRAiN Drainage Channel Inverted Roof Board - XPS Insulation 50mm Cellecta Hexatherm XDRAiN Drainage Channel Inverted Roof Board - XPS Insulation
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Brand: Cellecta Model and Size: 600x1250mm - 0.75m2
Delivery Time: 2 - 4 days
50mm Cellecta Hexatherm XDRAiN is a high performance extruded polystyrene inverted thermal roof boards, featuring integrated drainage channels on their underside, which speeds up the shedding of rainwater from the roof, eliminating the need for a separating drainage mat, making them ideal for green ..
56mm Cellecta Hexatherm XMD Vertical Up-Stand Roof Board - XPS Insulation
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Brand: Cellecta Model and Size: 1200x2400mm - 2.88m2
Delivery Time: 2 - 4 days
56mm Cellecta Hexatherm XMD is a high performance extruded polystyrene thermal insulation board bonded to a 6mm thermal laminate facing, suitable for vertical upstands. It combines the benefits of high performance extruded polystyrene with a facing board to produce a composite thermal board to suit ..
50mm ThermaFleece CosyWool Flexible Slab 390mm x 1200mm (pack of 42)
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Brand: Thermafleece Model and Size: 1200x390mm - 19.66m2
Delivery Time: 2 - 5 working days
Thermafleece CosyWool Flexible Slab is a versatile low density insulation rich in British sheeps wool, which would give you all round performance and value for money. It contains 75% Sheeps wool, 15% recycled polyester and 10% polyester binder with a high recycled content making it highly envir..
Guide Price: £165.42
£198.50 inc VAT
50mm ThermaFleece NatraHemp Flexible Slab 370mm x 1200mm (pack of 48)
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Brand: Thermafleece Model and Size: 1200x370mm - 21.31m2
Delivery Time: 2 - 3 working days
Thermafleece NatraHemp Flexible Slab is a medium density insulation rich in home-grown hemp fibres and is a safe, efficient and durable alternative when plant fibre is the preferred choice. Hemp is a fast-growing, low-impact plant crop that produces fine fibres suitable for insulation. Hemp fibres a..
Guide Price: £224.38
£269.26 inc VAT
50mm ThermaFleece UltraWool Flexible Slab 390mm x 1200mm (pack of 30)
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Brand: Thermafleece Model and Size: 1200x390mm - 14.04m2
Delivery Time: 2 - 3 working days
Thermafleece UltraWool Flexible Slab is a versatile high density insulation rich in British sheeps wool, which would give you all round performance and value for money. It contains 75% Sheeps wool, 15% recycled polyester and 10% polyester binder with a high recycled content making it highly environm..
Guide Price: £154.31
£185.17 inc VAT
Brand: Cellecta Model and Size: 1200x2400mm - 2.88m2
Delivery Time: 2 - 4 days
62mm Cellecta Hexatherm XPLY is a high performance extruded polystyrene thermal insulation roof board bonded to a 12mm plywood laminate facing, also suitable for internal walls and floors. It combines the benefits of high performance extruded polystyrene with a facing board to produce a composite th..
100mm Isoroc Isofas Mineral Wool Insulation Slab - 1000mm x 600mm (pack of 3)
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Brand: Isoroc Model and Size: 1000mm x 600mm - 1.8m2
Delivery Time: 1 - 2 days
100mm Isoroc Isofas Mineral Wool Insulation Slab is a reliable and durable non-flammable insulation solution for universal use. These slabs can be used in external and internal wall insulation as thermal, acoustic and fire insulation. They can be used as a barrier for fire protection...
Guide Price: £41.00
£49.20 inc VAT
30mm Recticel Powerdeck U PIR Insulation Board for Flat Roof Hot Applied Systems - pack of 16
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Brand: Recticel Model and Size: 600x1200 - 11.52m2
Delivery Time: 1-3 working days
30mm Recticel Powerdeck U is a high performance, rigid PIR board for use in warm flat roofs under torch-on with bituminous waterproofing systems for new build and refurbishment projects and in any bitumen compatible single-ply membrane system. It is core faced on both sides with a bituminous glass f..
Guide Price: £146.93
£176.32 inc VAT
Brand: Recticel Model and Size: 600x1200 - 14.40m2
Delivery Time: 1-3 working days
25mm Recticel Powerdeck F is a durable, high strength PIR insulation board for built-up felt, mastic asphalt and single-ply membrane waterproofing systems. It has a PIR core faced on both sides with a gas tight alkali resistant facing - perforated mineral coated glass fibre tissue to both sides. It ..
Guide Price: £101.78
£122.14 inc VAT
30mm Soprema XPS SL Extruded Polystyrene Board (pack of 14) 30mm Soprema XPS SL Extruded Polystyrene Board (pack of 14)
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Brand: Soprema Model and Size: 1250x600mm - 10.50m2
Delivery Time: 2 - 3 working days
30mm Soprema XPS SL is an extremely durable, high strength extruded polystyrene thermal insulation board offering high water resistance for flat and pitched roofs. It can be stored and installed in severe wet weather conditions with no deterioration during its life. It is easy to cut and customise o..
Guide Price: £102.21
£122.65 inc VAT
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