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Traditional felt roof coverings are outdated, and the roofing industry has for many years been searching for a sustainable alternative that will last, and outperform traditional roofing methods and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