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membrane is durable, flexible and gives exceptional performance for flat roofing, particularly when compared to outdated felt and bitumen applications.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

2017 Build Show Focus on Fire Safety

Build Show 2017 | Roofing and DIY NewsThis years’ Build Show, to be hosted at the Birmingham National Exhibition Centre (NEC) for the third consecutive year, will have a strong focus on fire safety, considering the recent tragic events in London.

The organisers of this years’ event have announced that there will be a series of one-hour workshops within the show, which attendees can learn about fire prevention, regulations and more from industry experts, free of charge.

Since its launch three years ago, the Build Show is gaining ground as one of the largest trade shows in the UK, showcasing the latest innovations and technology the construction industry has to offer.  In addition, the Build Show is advocating training opportunities, supporting the industry concerns over skills shortages, both now, and for the future.

Build Show expected to be the busiest yet

Media 10 Event Director, Nathan Garnett expects this show to be the busiest yet, and with a range of exhibitors taking advantage of the new planned layout and zones including Health & Safety, Roofing and Insulation, Windows and Doors, Tools and a BIM Prospects Theatre, there will be plenty to keep attendees busy for the three-day event.

Mr Garnett said, ‘The Build Show 2017 comes at a crucial time when there are many questions in people’s minds over building safety, quality and regulation. The Build Show can provide the industry with a much-needed space to network, develop and learn. We aim to bring people together from across construction so they can benefit from the new solutions and products on offer that will enhance their businesses. We can already tell that this will be our busiest show to date and we’re committed to making it the best platform for collaboration, innovation and education in the built environment.’

The Build Show will host open theatres, and will encourage industry debate and discussion, inviting industry leaders and experts to open topics at the forefront of construction. We expect this year that subjects at the top of the agenda will indeed be fire safety and prevention, but are keen to see some of the most innovative construction products showcased and discussed, particularly as sustainability has been a key subject in recent months.

To book your tickets, click here. Registration is now open, and tickets are free.

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