Published On: Wed, Feb 14th, 2024

Prefix Systems predicts 2024 shift to ‘Warm Roof’ solutions

With increasing issues including condensation, for solid roofs that are a ‘cold roof’ design, Prefix Systems believe that 2024 will be the year in which diligent installation companies will move over to solid roof solutions that are 100% ‘warm’ by design.

With increasing regularity, Prefix Systems have been on site to inspect timber cold roofs in 2023 that have failed due to condensation. Subsequently, they went on to replace these roofs with their award-winning WARMroof as the ultimate permanent solution. On site these cold roofs had failed despite best efforts with limited ventilation, and with dew points affecting the UK 9 months a year on average, the risk of condensation is a real issue for these roof types.

With conservatory roofs being replaced with surprising regularity, some companies are opting for a roof solution which doesn’t provide a long-term solution. A ‘warm roof’ by definition is one where the insulation sits above the rafters and not just in between (which is a cold roof by definition). So the message is clear, as Chris Cooke, Director of Prefix Systems points out and said: “Ask your current solid roof supplier if their insulation sits above the rafters, if it’s a no, then it is NOT a warm-roof – it’s a cold roof. Furthermore, you’re at risk by installing such products in terms of remedials and importantly the risk in losing out on future referral sales,” he added.

Chris continued: “Warm roof design is the preferred method for roof composition across the construction sector and with good reason. It ensures roofs perform not just in terms of years, but for decades and it’s the same philosophy for Prefix. Our award-winnning WARMroof solution is part of a permanent solution to the home, much in the same way that a Building Inspector would prefer to see a warm roof constructed extension and it’s a must that we should as an industry think in the same way.”