Flat Roof Installation Videos and More for 2018

Happy New Year from us all at diy-flat-roof.com!

This year we will be sharing more flat roof news, views, great products and tutorials with you in our blog, and we hope you will join us.

To start off the year, we wanted to share a great YouTube channel with you. As DIY roofers, you will find a range of fascinating videos, addressing all types of flat roof installation with EPDM rubber roofing. There are dozens of videos in the channel, many of which give excellent, easy-to-follow instructions to handle application issues such as how to remove creases from your EPDM rubber roofing membrane, and some hot tips to help fit your EPDM membrane around vent pipes and other extrusions.

You can also learn some great marketing strategies in the Permaroof channel, as we are happy to talk about how you can grow your flat roof business with us. We have trade opportunities, industry-leading support and award-winning customer service and what’s more, we are the UK’s number one importer and stockist of genuine Firestone EPDM rubber roof systems. Why would you go anywhere else?

Have a look at a quick sample of what’s on offer…


We will be staying on top of the latest flat roof industry news this year, and will bring you the news about Health and Safety, legislation changes, new initiatives and some general ‘What’s On’ posts, so that you don’t miss out on this year’s trade shows.

Join us this year, follow our blog and look forward to finding out even more about flat roofing in 2018.

There are plans afoot for more videos this year, so watch this space, and subscribe to the Permaroof Online channel on YouTube. We have some great shots of our headquarters too, and offer some behind-the-scenes glimpses of the incredible space we have in Derby, where we also have our purpose-built training centre for EPDM flat roof installation and liquid waterproofing.

What is EPDM Rubber Roofing and How it is Changing Flat Roofing

Finished EPDM Rubber Roofing Installation | DIY Flat RoofThe introduction of EPDM rubber roofing has undoubtedly changed the way that flat roofing is approached for both trading roofers and the DIY community, but how? In this article, we will explore what EPDM rubber roofing is, and how and why it has revolutionised the flat roof industry forever.

Traditional felt roof coverings are outdated, and the roofing industry has for many years been searching for a sustainable alternative that will last, and outperform traditional roofing methods and materials.

What is EPDM rubber roofing?

EPDM is a synthetic rubber roofing membrane manufactured by Firestone in the US. It is not a brand-new product, but its longevity is only now being realised to the fullest, as the product continues to prove itself as a revolutionary material in terms of performance, weatherability and its lasting power. To date, millions of square metres of EPDM rubber roofing have been applied all over the world, and the performance of the product in all climates has been nothing short of astounding.

Made from a synthetic rubber compound, and combined with high-performance polymers and carbon black, EPDM rubber roofing can withstand high and low temperatures, elongate up to 300% and maintain flexibility over its lifespan, which currently is expected to be more than five decades, while remaining completely inert and UV stable.

How is flat roofing changing as a result of EPDM?

Historically, flat roofing has remained a ‘specialist subject’ in terms of application, due to the use of hot bituminous products and a need to make sure installation is seamless. Flat roofs can be far more susceptible to water ingress than a sloping roof, and the joins in traditional roofing materials have created vulnerable points across the surface of the roof deck, problems with which can also lead to pooling.

EPDM rubber roofing is installed typically in a single piece, particularly in domestic installations such as:

  • Garage roofs
  • Shed roofs
  • Garden office buildings
  • Flat roof extension projects
  • Green roofing

Laying the membrane in a single piece across the entire roof deck removes the necessity for joining membranes, which gives the whole installation an immediate benefit for the DIY installer with superior waterproofing even before adhesives are applied!

Using water-based adhesives and simple tools, such as sponges and rollers, has changed the way the average DIY enthusiast thinks about flat roofing, and now, with EPDM rubber roofing, and the introduction of off-the-shelf, ready-to-install flat roof kits, DIY flat roofing is more than do-able for even the most inexperienced self-builder.

More and more people in the UK are considering working on their existing homes, rather than moving to a new house, and with innovations abound in the DIY market, homeowners are gaining confidence and working towards extending living spaces, while spending renovation funds on getting the jobs done that they can’t.

Find out more about DIY flat roofing with EPDM rubber roofing now, or contact us for further information, and start thinking about your new flat roof project.

NHBC Proposals Accepted by the CMA on Structural Warranties

New NHBC Proposals Accepted by CMA for Structural Warranties | Construction NewsBack in March last year, The National House Building Council (NHBC) began its new proposals on structural warranties to replace previous undertakings given in 1995, to update the current insurance regulations that protect against defects in new properties.

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has discovered, during evidence gathering, and a Government consultation on the subject, that the NHBC is still highly competitive, although house builders are buying structural warranties from other providers, and has accepted the new proposed arrangements.

In a review of administrative legislation that was launched in March 2017, evidence was gathered over the following three months by the CMA, and reviewed at length during a Government consultation at the end of the autumn. Notice of acceptance of the new undertakings was given at the beginning of December 2017, and the superseded regs are now in force for the next 15 years across the UK.

What will change under the new proposals?

The revisions to the current structural warranties market will modernise the system, and further encourage competition, while strengthening the protection offered.

The NHBC must now display on its website, clear information to member builders that they can source structural warranties from the NHBC or another provider. The new regs will also ensure that the NHBC will not be required to oversee other structural warranties delivered by its competition.

The new proposed structural warranties undertakings will remain in place for the next 15 years, and will supersede previous undertakings.

UK 2017 Budget Delivers a ‘Budget for Builders’ Says FMB

UK Chancellor Delivers Budget for Builders | Construction NewsThe Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has commented today on the UK Budget 2017, delivered by Philip Hammond, saying that it is a ‘budget for builders’.

Following plans to set a target of building 300,000 new homes every year by the mid-2020s, industry experts doubtfully acknowledged the government’s pledge, due to underfunding, lack of support for the industry, and most critically, the skills shortage faced throughout the country. However, this budget’s announcements have strengthened opinions about achievability, due to the additional financial support expected for small and medium-sized enterprises – hence why a budget for builders.

The Chief Exec. Of the FMB, Mr Brian Berry, said ‘The Chancellor appears to be putting his money where his mouth is with the announcement of £44 billion of capital funding, loans and guarantees. In particular, a further £1.5 billion for the Home Building Fund to be targeted specifically at SME housebuilders can play a significant role in channelling crucial funding to this sector.’

The commitment of the 2017 budget to training within the construction industry is a promising announcement, one which is warmly welcomed by the FMB, as Mr Berry continued, ‘With Brexit around the corner the next few years will bring unprecedented challenges to the construction sector. The Government will need to make sure that the sector continues to have access to skilled EU workers, but we are pleased that the Chancellor has today listened to the needs of SME builders.’

Also wading in with support for this commitment is Steve Radley, Director of Policy at the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), who said ‘The right skills will be critical to deliver this change, so the £34m funding for construction training is a vital investment. The focus on digital skills is essential to developing a workforce which exploits the benefits of the digital revolution, aiding modern methods of production and boosting productivity.’

He remains sceptical about the skills crisis, however, and added, ‘there is no quick fix to the skills shortage and construction skills must be of a high standard. We look forward to working closely with employers and Government to ensure these promising new measures deliver for our industry.’

UK Housebuilding Output Falls Again in Q3

New Housebuilding Output Falls in Q3 2017 | Roofing News UKIn a report published by the ONS this week, figures have again demonstrated a decline in construction housebuilding output in the third quarter of 2017. The figures also demonstrate a further-than-expected slide in output, as in August, the estimated fall would be 0.7%, when it actually was closer to 0.9%.

Industry experts are hailing the further fall in housebuilding output as a ‘construction recession’, especially following the 0.5% decline in Q2, although experts also say that on the whole, construction and housebuilding output is still at higher levels than those of a year ago – with figures recording an overall 1.1% increase on last year and 7.1% higher than the recorded figures of Q3 2015.

Experts do agree, however, that performance-by-sector results are encouraging, with output for private housing rising 1.8% to a record high level. This is also encouraged by the announcement last month that an extra £10 billion in funding for the government’s Help to Buy scheme may strengthen and maintain the house building sector, while additional certainty provided by affordable rent-setting plans is set to deliver greater building plans from the housing association market.

A clear area of weakness highlighted by the report is private commercial building, which has experienced falling orders for three consecutive quarters. Public sector projects are coming to an end, and there is no clear plan for additional projects to replace those completed. Hospitals and schools projects have ended, and significantly lower volumes of contracts are being put out to tender.

Rubber Flat Roof Installation Guides in PDF

Rubber Flat Roof Installation Guides | DIY Flat RoofDid you know that we have a library full of rubber flat roof installation guides for you to access for free?

We have years of industry experience with the installation of rubber flat roof systems, and have put together an extensive range of PDFs detailing many aspects of installation. You can download these and store them on any device to make a handy reference library in case you get stuck with the application of your EPDM rubber flat roof system.

Although the DIY installation of EPDM membrane is straightforward, sometimes it is easy to forget a step, and our PDFs can provide a handy solution for a quick reminder of how it’s done.

Tricky parts of the installation, such as dealing with extrusions like flue pipes or skylights, can lead to a touch of head-scratching from time-to-time, and our PDF rubber flat roof installation guides can provide a go-to reminder, even if you are on the roof deck at the time.

What rubber flat roof installation guides are in there?

We have three main guides to walk you through the three types of installation:

  • Fully adhered application
  • Ballasted system
  • The mechanically fixed system

We also have several individual installation guides that deal with other parts of the install, and have been designed to address the areas you may encounter a stumble, such as performing an external corner detailing, or attaching to perimeter walls or adding trim.

We have done our best to think of everything, and have a range of videos for you too, as often it is easier to watch someone tackle an issue if you are really stuck.

Head on over to our dedicated rubber flat roof installation guides page and have a look through the wide range of resources we have, to help you tackle your DIY flat roof project.

Before and After EPDM Rubber Roof Installation

Before EPDM Rubber Roofing Installation | Flat Roof News

Before EPDM Rubber Roofing Installation

EPDM rubber roof installation can make an enormous difference to your flat roof projects, and not just for waterproofing!

EPDM rubber roofing membrane is durable, flexible and gives exceptional performance for flat roofing, particularly when compared to outdated felt and bitumen applications.

The other thing that EPDM membrane delivers is an outstanding, professional finish, making even a first-time DIY flat roof project look amazing.

After EPDM Rubber Roof Installation | Flat Roof News

After EPDM Rubber Roof Installation

We have included before and after images here to demonstrate the results you could reasonably expect.

Take a look at our Gallery page here to view some more incredible before and after photos of EPDM rubber roof installation projects and see for yourselves what can be achieved.

After EPDM Rubber Roof Installationincredible before and after photos of EPDM rubber roof installation projects and see for yourselves what can be achieved.

EPDM rubber roof membrane delivers both high-performance and aesthetic value, with an unmatched expected lifespan of 50 years or more. This often means that you will never have to re-visit your flat roof again for a replacement, as once it is installed correctly, it requires little or no maintenance to stay looking good and performing well. Repairs can be tackled with ease if necessary, and as the membrane is laid in a single piece, there are no joins that traditionally cause problems for other types of flat roofing materials.

Poor quality flat roofing installations do not typically last for very long, and could end up giving you problems for years to come. Once water finds a way into your property, it is only a matter of time before this leads to leaks, roof deck damage and interior damage that can be a costly exercise to put right.

Using superior flat roofing materials such as EPDM rubber roofing systems offers installers the opportunity to put paid to a leaking flat roof, reducing flat roof repair bills and ultimately bringing peace of mind about the roof – one of the biggest and most expensive tasks a homeowner will face during their time in the home.

New Construction Orders Lowest Since 2014

New Construction Orders Fall For Industry 2017 | Roofing BlogIt has recently been announced by ONS, that new construction orders for the industry are at their lowest since the first quarter of 2014, despite other industry housebuilders announcing record profits.

The latest figures show that output across the construction industry fell by 0.9% in July, which is a further 0.4% lower than July 2016. Aside from this, it has been said that new orders during the second quarter were 7.8% lower, translating to an overall reduction by 12.6% over the year.

According to Rebecca Larkin, an economist at the CPA, ‘for the year to date, construction output is still 1.3% higher than a year ago.

According to the research, the largest drops in new construction orders have been realised by the private housing, commercial and infrastructure sectors, with commercial orders tailing off and falling more than 11% since the UK referendum. Uncertainty in the UK over Brexit has been blamed for much of this reduction, yet rising materials costs, and a lack of skilled construction workers is also cited as good reason.

Ms Larkin continued, ‘In particular, the sectors suffering the largest falls were the industry’s largest three: private housing, commercial and infrastructure. Commercial new orders began tailing off in the second half of 2016 and are 11.2% lower since the EU Referendum. Whilst this downward trend was expected amid the rising uncertainty, giving way to a reluctance to invest in new office space. Private sector house building and infrastructure are the key drivers of growth in the CPA’s forecasts for 2018 and 2019. New orders in these key sectors were the lowest since 2015 and highlight that there are now lower volumes of work queued up in the pipeline.

The CPA has allowed for the reduction in the number of new construction orders in its forecasting for 2018, and has factored in the loss of replacement projects for those that have now reached or are near completion.

Become an Approved Flat Roof Installer

Firestone-approved EPDM training | Flat Roof Installer NetworkHave you thought about becoming an approved flat roof installer?

Permaroof UK Ltd can support your new path with our Firestone-approved EPDM training courses.

Permaroof UK is the largest importer and stockist of the revolutionary EPDM rubber roof system from Firestone, and has a range of installer courses to suit you. Our position in the industry means that we can offer some fantastic opportunities to our participants.

Whether you are an experienced flat roofer wishing to expand your services offerings, or a DIY enthusiast looking for a training course to help you fit your own EPDM rubber roof, our training days can prove invaluable.

What types of EPDM flat roof installer courses do we run?

The Permaroof flat roof installer courses come in three levels, and provide intense training for participants:

Bronze level

  • Full, one-day intensive training
  • Certificate
  • Course CD – Glossary, information, warranty template
  • Firestone training CD

Silver level

  • As Bronze level, plus tools

Gold level

  • As Silver level, plus a model roof

All levels deliver comprehensive training to give additional confidence to EPDM rubber roof installers, and are run by team members who have experience of fitting EPDM systems in the field.

All our courses are held at our training centre in Derby, located at our headquarters, and include refreshments and lunch.

What happens afterwards?

Permaroof UK Ltd has launched a nationwide approved flat roof installer network, giving our training course participants the chance to join us. After the course has been successfully completed, Permaroof may invite you to take part in a professional assessment and vetting process, which can result in further opportunities.

In a service that is free for homeowners, UK residents can search for local flat roof installers to tackle their critical works. Why not consider joining us, and make the most of our fantastic reputation for your business?

The single-ply membrane market is growing fast, as trade roofers and DIY flat roof installers realise the benefits of EPDM rubber roof membrane over traditional felt roof coverings.

Visit the dedicated page on our website to find out more about how you can join us and become an approved flat roof installer.

New Kitemark Launched for Building Information Modelling

It has been announced this week that a brand new Kitemark has been launched by the BSI specifically for the Building Information Modelling (BIM) sector. The new Kitemark will demonstrate that manufacturing processes has BIM embedded.

This new age of construction with digitisation on a previously unprecedented scale has manufacturers facing challenges around representation accuracy, what information should be provided about these products and standardisation.

The aim of the BSI is to limit these challenges for manufacturers, and to provide them with the means to demonstrate that BIM standards have been met, standardised and validated. The placement of the new Kitemark will now also prove that BIM requirements have been met, that the product will fit and function correctly within a digital model and that dimensional, performance and specification data directly related to the product has been properly validated.

Increasing design accuracy

The new Kitemark will be awarded to manufacturers fulfilling the requirements as laid out by the BSI, in a process that will also take customer satisfaction into account.

Designers are pleased with the introduction of the Kitemark, as now the process of identification of accurate digital products and objects will be much simpler. Historic placement of placeholders within the design process can now be replaced with objects that will make the designs more accurate, and in turn more cost efficient, right down to the point of installation.

Verification of designs in advance will now streamline processes and reduce time overall.

One industry expert said, ‘The overall aim of BIM is to help companies to carry out more efficient methods of design and construction, ultimately driving out waste and inefficiency. This Kitemark has been developed to gives architects and designers the assurance that the BIM objects they are choosing for their projects accurately represent the physical product, reducing the number of checks they will need to undertake throughout the project. The manufacturing industry is highly competitive, therefore it’s really important that manufacturers can differentiate their construction products when tendering for BIM projects and to gain access to new markets. BIM is here to stay and manufacturers need to ensure that they are prepared ¬– we believe this new Kitemark will help manufacturers to do that.

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