Dispelling the Myths About Green Roofing

Green roofing has been increasing in popularity across the UK for some time, yet there are still some common myths that surround this relatively new concept for domestic roofing. From being high maintenance to causing structural damage, the myths are widespread.

We’re dedicated to green roofing and making the UK greener – one roof at a time. We thought we’d take a look at some of the most common myths and see what we can do to change or update them.

Is green roofing high maintenance?

When first installed, a green roof needs to be ‘watered in’ as any new garden bed or border would be. However, once the roots begin to establish after a couple of months, a green roof is often perfectly self-sufficient and much easier to look after than a border.

This of course can depend on the type of use and therefore planting you will be using. Usually, sedum, moss and grasses are extremely low maintenance. If you’re having a more formal, heavily-planted ornamental roof terrace, you’ll be spending more time looking after those plants.

Does a green roof affect the structural integrity of a building?

The origins of this common myth lie in the additional weight that a green roof carries over a regular flat roof membrane. There are several layers to a green roof, and some consist of gravel used to provide drainage across the roof deck. This coupled with the weight of soil, insulation, planting and water makes a green roof considerably heavier.

If green roofing is prepared and installed correctly, following a professional assessment of the load bearing capabilities and strengthening if necessary, then there is no link between green roofing and structural damage. It is always advisable to have flat roofing checked before installing any type of roof covering, as over time, old and previously worn materials can allow water to seep into a roof deck. It is a waste of time and money if new materials (and in particular green roof installations) need to be later removed due to damage in the deck itself.

Does green roofing lead to higher likelihood of roof leaks?

It is arguable as to which is the most important layer in a green roof project. Designers and maybe even homeowners may argue that the planting is on show and most important of all, but in reality, the installation will fail, and the roof will leak without a good quality base membrane at the very bottom.

EPDM membranes are ideal for green roofs, offering 100% waterproofing over their expected lifespan of more than 50 years. Once correctly laid and protected with an insulating layer from the drainage gravel, EPDM outperforms any other membrane and offers peace of mind over the long term.

Green roofs are only for commercial, eco-friendly buildings, aren’t they?

Although green roofs have been traditionally more popular in the commercial sector and for public buildings around Europe, they have been around since the 1940s in some form for the domestic garden. As more consumers are beginning to take responsibility for the climate and looking to sustainable, eco-friendly systems for construction, green roofing popularity is accelerating.

Popularity is also on the increase because of greater accessibility to materials and systems that can be installed as part of a DIY project. EPDM membrane is easy to apply, and the green roof division are on hand to assess, design, advise and even provide a full green roof kit for professional or DIY installation at home.

Find out more about green roofing.

About Permaroof green roof division: Permaroof green roof division can help advise you on all aspects of your project; the type of planting to choose for your needs; applying for permissions if necessary and the best base membrane or material for your all-important bottom layer. Talk to us today on 01773 609080 or visit the Permaroof green roof division page to find out more.

Facts About Façade Waterproofing

Façade waterproofing with Permaroof EPDM strips can offer a long-term solution with an expected lifespan of 30-50 years, effectively reducing the effects of humidity and improving thermal insulation properties.

Permaroof’s EPDM façade waterproofing custom-cutting service ensures the best fit for your building’s needs, whether you’re working on a large commercial installation or a domestic garden office.

We take time to understand the needs of our clients and can help with all aspects of waterproofing. Let’s look at some of the benefits of using EPDM for façades and why it is important to ensure a building’s water tightness.

Download our guide – 10 Facts About Façade Waterproofing to find out more.

Humidity reduction and superior thermal insulation properties

Humidity in a buildings’ fabric can be damaging in several ways, affecting wood and concrete and weakening the integrity of the building over time. Waterproofing façades can dramatically reduce humidity across windows and doors.

Vented façades can significantly improve the thermal insulation properties of commercial buildings and can contribute to energy consumption and ultimately cost savings over the long-term.


Using a good quality, long-lasting material, such as EPDM, firmly ticks the sustainability box. This cold-applied membrane is industry renowned for longevity and performance, giving the project integrity throughout.

EPDM membrane also has an excellent reputation for UV and temperature resistance. Stable from -45 to 130°C, EPDM can be installed in a wide range of geographical locations and is suitable for areas that suffer from extreme temperature fluctuations.

Why choose Permaroof for façade waterproofing?

Permaroof UK enjoy a UK-wide industry reputation for award-winning customer service values and support. We provide extensive planning advice for façade waterproofing, working closely with our clients to determine the right fit for your needs.

Our EPDM façade solutions are suitable for all types of waterproofing for new builds, building rehabilitation and for ballasted, adhered systems and inverted roofing.

Permaroof’s experienced teams are ready to offer advice on the best waterproofing solutions and our EPDM façades can be made ready for next day delivery. We tailor solutions for all our clients and are happy to listen and discuss your exact requirements. Call us on 01773 609080 today.

EPDM Training for Trade Roofers

If you’re a trade roofer looking to add a string to your bow this year, why not consider some top-class EPDM training and join the fastest-growing sector of the roofing industry – single-ply membrane roofing.

EPDM training from Permaroof can open doors for flat roofing professionals across the UK. With certified training courses, trade opportunities and free resources, Permaroof supports trade roofers across the board like no other EPDM supplier.

What can you expect from your EPDM training?

Permaroof’s Firestone-approved EPDM training courses are intensive, one-day courses, designed to give a comprehensive view of the products, application methods and safety measures. Lunch and refreshments are included, and trade roofers come away at the end with certification and resources to get them started.

The day starts with an introduction to EPDM training in our purpose-built, fully equipped training centre located at the Permaroof headquarters in Derby. Our qualified and experienced trainers will perform product demonstrations and there will be plenty of chances for participants to practice these skills on the benches.

What happens after EPDM training for trade roofers?

Permaroof offers trade flat roofers the chance to join the approved installer network – a nationwide, free service for homeowners that allows them to connect with trained EPDM installers. These genuine sales leads are just the first step.

Permaroof also offers trade roofers the chance to partner with us in our licensed contractor programme. This gives you the opportunity to expand significantly under the Permaroof brand, while maintaining the trading name and reputation you’ve built up over time in your local area.

We can offer bulk discounts, low-cost van finance, a local Permaroof website and much more. We support our trade clients with product launch events, marketing and industry renowned customer service to make sure your partnership with us is as successful as possible.

Visit the EPDM training page to find out more or talk to Permaroof today to discuss your business expansion on 01773 608839.

How Flat Roof Skylights Benefit Your Home Extension

The popularity of flat roof skylights has been soaring over the past few years. Homeowners are growing to realise the benefits that they bring to any home extension project. With house prices soaring alongside the price of moving and relocating, many homeowners are taking on extension projects to give them the space they need for a comparable outlay.

Skylights do bring aesthetic value to the modern home, undoubtedly. But there are other benefits to installing rooflights that aren’t always as obvious.

Natural lighting with flat roof skylights

Skylights can help to bring natural light into the home beautifully. This has both potential health benefits and can help to reduce energy bills. Natural light raises the mood and can keep a light feel to a flat roof extension throughout the day. As the sun moves, the ambience changes, and this can make a big difference when artificial lighting would otherwise be used.

Reduced energy usage

Having natural light in a low-ceilinged building means that energy use is reduced significantly during daylight hours. In addition, the latest flat roof skylights have improved thermal ratings and can actively help to insulate the extension and keep it warmer during the winter months, further reducing energy usage.

Improved waterproofing with membrane kerbs

Modern flat roof skylights from Permaroof are typically designed to work seamlessly with waterproofing systems such as EPDM rubber roofing kits. With built-in kerbs, these types of skylights help to trap the membrane during the installation process. This creates a watertight seal that eliminates water ingress and reduces condensation.

The installation of flat roof skylights can bring all-round benefits to the modern home extension project. Permaroof, with its recent acquisition of The Skylight Company and the launch of its own new range of glass edge skylights, is perfectly positioned to deliver quality and affordability alongside all the other benefits they can bring.

Browse Permaroof’s wide range of flat rooflights in the online store and talk to them about your roofing extension project. EPDM flat roof kits offer the ideal solution for exceptional waterproofing on roofing projects of all types.

Are you DIYing your flat roof extension project? Browse our resource library to find a wide range of installation guides, advice and tips for working with EPDM roofing systems and projects.

Replace Your Shed Roof for the Last Time with EPDM

Replacement of the shed roof is a common task for homeowners with traditional materials, such as felt. Some homeowners have to re-cover their sheds almost every year, due to the nature of the roofing felt. Many types of roofing felt do not perform well in extreme temperatures and can bubble and crack easily, as happened all over the UK during last years’ heatwave.

EPDM has changed all that. With an expected lifespan of more than fifty years, EPDM offers homeowners the chance to replace the shed roof for the last time using this revolutionary synthetic rubber membrane. Imagine the reduced stress and long-term cost when you’re confident your shed roof will probably outlive the shed!

How to buy EPDM for your shed roof

Permaroof UK Ltd has introduced the shed roof kit to make replacing your roofing super-easy. Our shed roof kits contain everything needed to tackle the replacement, including membrane and enough adhesive to complete the project.

Shed roofing kits from Permaroof are available in a range of standard shed sizes and include enough overhang to make sure it fits perfectly. If you don’t have a standard-sized shed, Permaroof offer a custom-cut-to-order service to make buying the right size easy and removing the stress involved with ordering the right quantity.

Browse our range of shed roof kits and buy today in our online shop.

Worried about your DIY skills?

Not everyone is confident in tackling roofing jobs around the home in DIY-fashion. It is important to realise your limits with DIY, especially when working at height. Permaroof offer one-day training courses at the headquarters in Derby for both trade and DIY flat roofers, which can really help build your confidence and is particularly useful if you have a few flat roof projects planned. Once you’ve done the shed roof, why not try the garage roof too?

Find out more about EPDM training days.

For those not keen on training, or have the confidence to go ahead, we provide a wide range of installation guides to keep you on the right track if you get stuck. We’ve got a good stock of video tutorials too, to help with every aspect of EPDM installation.

Check out the installation guides here.

Always free to access, our installation guides can be viewed online or downloaded in PDF format to save for later.

Permaroof support is industry-renowned for both trade roofers and the DIY marketplace. With our next day delivery service, check the weather, buy today and fit tomorrow with Permaroof shed roof kits, then forget about your shed roofing with the performance of EPDM.

How to Install EPDM Membrane: A Quick Guide for Homeowners

When you are a homeowner, particularly if you’re on a budget, one thing you are likely to realise is that you are going to need to take charge of many of the DIY jobs that need doing around the house. This could be easier jobs such as painting or decorating, right up to bigger jobs such as replacing a flat roof somewhere on the property.

Flat roofs can be a daunting task for even an experienced DIYer, but thankfully there is something on the market that can make the project that little bit simpler, EPDM Membrane.

Even so, everyone could do with a little help when it comes to DIY, which is why we have put together our homeowner’s guide on how to install EPDM Membrane. We’ve outlined the basics to give you an idea of how much work is involved, so that you can decide whether it may be for you.

To find out more, please return to our comprehensive resource library with video tutorials, downloadable installation guides, tips, recommended products and more here.

Make sure your roof is clean and well-prepared

The first thing that you need to do when it comes to installing an EPDM membrane is to make sure that the roof surface that you are applying it to is completely clean and clear.

You need to remove any dust and dirt, as well as any loose or oily materials too.

Not only will these stop the membrane from adhering to the roof surface properly, but you can also find that it doesn’t last as long as it could if the surface was properly cleaned first.

Relax the membrane and allow it to sit

An EPDM membrane is going to have been sitting in a particular position for some time during packing and delivery, which means that it might not be in the right condition to install straightaway.

It is important that you give your membrane a chance to rest before you begin the installation process. This should be around the 30 minute mark, over which time you will find that the EPDM has settled, and it is in the ideal condition.

Make sure that it is the right size

This is also a good time to make sure that the membrane is the right size for your roof.

If you have used a calculation tool then you should find that the membrane fits with very little waste, however, there is still a chance that you are going to need to trim some of it off in order to get it to the right size.

Permaroof’s EPDM kit builder app is a free tool to help make sure the correct amount of EPDM and adhesive is ordered. In just four steps, your EPDM kit list can be prepared.

Visit Permaroof Kit Builder app now and try online here.

Apply adhesive

In order to make sure that the membrane stays in place, you are going to need to apply adhesive to the roof.

There are two types of adhesive that you are going to need to use in order to make sure that your roof stays in place.

The first is a water based one that covers the entire surface of the roof.

The second is a contact-based adhesive that is stronger and is used to seal down the edges.

Adhering the EPDM

It is important to make sure you firmly adhere the EDPM membrane properly to the roof deck once the adhesive has become tacky.

Use a wide-span domestic broom with soft bristles to press down the membrane, the roller to push out any bubbles, and the penny roller into the corners and edges.

As you can see there is plenty to think about when you are installing an EPDM membrane in your home or garden. However, much like many DIY projects, if you plan, prepare and put your mind to it, all should be relatively easy for you.

If you think you can install EPDM membrane DIY-style after reading our quick reference guide, you can find more detailed installation guides in the resource library.

If you prefer to find a reliable EPDM installer to tackle the project for you, Permaroof can recommend a specialist in your area. Visit the local installer page to find out more.

Have You Thought About Rubber Roofing for Your DIY Projects?

Rubber roofing is the ideal material for DIY projects around the home and garden. With unsurpassed longevity and 100% effective waterproofing properties, EPDM is the perfect solution for long-lasting, reliable shed roofing, garage roofing, green roof projects, ornamental garden ponds and much more.

Homeowners typically steer clear of DIY roofing projects for many reasons. This might include traditional application concerns, working at height, lack of confidence in DIY skills, concerns about over- or under-buying materials and more.

Permaroof support for DIY rubber roofing

To make flat roofing jobs more accessible for home and business owners, Permaroof rubber roofing is highly supported in terms of ease of use, application resources, tools to assist with quantity purchasing and industry-leading EPDM application training courses.

With Permaroof EPDM application training courses, any lack of experience or industry knowledge doesn’t matter. EPDM rubber roofing is a simplified system that requires only basic tools and cold application to remove the old concerns of handling hot bitumen or other heated application methods, such as the torch-down method used commonly on outdated felt or tar paper solutions.

The one-day training courses are packed full of practical demonstrations of many aspects of flat roof application – including options for both liquid and sheet EPDM training (please select your preferred medium).

Find out more about Permaroof rubber roofing training days.

Lunch and refreshments are included in the day. DIY roofers can gain useful skills and these courses are ideal for those wishing to carry out several DIY projects at home. Every participant in the rubber roofing courses leaves with a basic knowledge of EPDM application and greater confidence in tackling this type of DIY project.

Why choose rubber roofing?

EPDM rubber roofing is fast-becoming the trade roofing industry go-to material due to its increased longevity and performance compared to more traditional materials. Permaroof is delighted to be one of the largest licenced importers and distributors of Firestone RubberCover in Europe and holds huge stocks at our Derby-based headquarters and warehousing, which has just recently expanded.

With heightened reliability, unmatched staying-power and a wealth of Permaroof support and resources, rubber roofing really is the way to go for all your DIY projects.

Take some time to browse our resource library to find out more about EPDM rubber roofing today.

Get Ahead this Spring and Keep Those Gutters Clear

Keeping gutters clear of debris can save the UKs homeowners £££s at the start of the year in gutter clearing and flat roof repairs. Most people must attend to gutters at some point during the spring to remove all the leaves, moss and debris that collects in gutters and clogs drains over the autumn and winter months every year. Once gutters become clogged, rainwater is unable to flow freely through the guttering system and drain away, and it inevitably pours over the top.

This common issue leads to water ingress and damage to roof decking and eventually interior damage. This is when it begins to get expensive! Homeowners often do not notice there’s a problem until the water seeps inside the house or garden buildings, then emergency roof repairs are needed.

Calling out a professional can be costly in an emergency situation. This is quite usual, as emergency call outs often mean that the roofing professional needs to move other work around and drop other clients to come out quickly to see you. Sometimes urgent calls are outside normal working hours, and these call out rates can be high.

How to keep gutters clear all-year-round

Tackling the job of clearing gutters yourself can be time-consuming, dirty and involves climbing a ladder and working at height. Not everyone is confident with working at height, and the cost of having a professional clear them year-after-year can soon mount up.

There is another solution for homeowners in the GutterBrush. The GutterBrush is a clever innovation that uses a similar principle to a bottle brush, with polyurethane filaments wound around a central, twisted stainless steel wire core.

The GutterBrush is available in 150mm and 100mm sizes and fits inside most standard gutters, whether box or traditional half-circle shapes. It can be fixed to gutters that are not standard sizes so is suitable for most guttering in the UK.

How does a GutterBrush work?

The GutterBrush sits in the gutter and is proud of the top. Leaves and other debris either stick to, and get caught by the filaments, preventing them from entering the gutter, or blow off the surface of the brush and away from the gutter. Water can easily pass through the filaments and continue down the guttering and drain downpipes with no obstructions.

Using this type of debris filtering is also perfect for rainwater management systems, providing clear flow for water collection butts and preventing drain taps from clogging with leaves from the inside.

Fitting a Gutterbrush

Fitting a GutterBrush is fast and easy for trade or DIY homeowners. First make sure the gutters are clear of debris and water can free flow through the whole system. You may need to get a professional in to do this one last time! Once clear, the Gutterbrush simply slides into the gutter. Easy to join lengths of Gutterbrush are pushed into the gutters and can be attached at either end using the wire filaments left. A simple twisting motion will join the brushes together  job done!

This simple, yet extremely effective idea has changed the way homeowners all over the UK are tackling the issue of their clogged guttering and rainwater systems. The GutterBrush is expected to last for many years and carries a guarantee for 10. Join the Gutterbrush revolution and keep those gutters clear and clog-free. Look after your guttering and it will take care of your flat roof, reducing instances of emergency roof repairs and saving you money over the long-term.

Check out the GutterBrush here – buy online with next day delivery from Permaroof.


Why a Flat Roof Calculator is Essential for Trade Roofers

Trade roofers, especially sole traders, must divide their business dealings into many categories. They have to be the sales person, the quantity surveyor, the foreman, the roofer, the labourer and the accounts department, in addition to all the other tasks a small business owner typically handles on a daily basis.

Permaroof understands the pressure small business owners and sole traders face, and that’s why we believe strongly in customer service values and delivering as much support as we can for our trade clients. With challenges also faced in terms of competition, roofers are finding ways of cutting the costs in every area, while keeping quality of both the work and the materials high.

Permaroof introduced the EPDM kit builder app to help streamline the flat roof quotation process and dramatically reduce the time it takes to produce accurate quotes.

About the Permaroof EPDM flat roof calculator

The Permaroof flat roof calculator helps trade roofers to simplify and speed up the process of producing roofing quotations. The calculator is a free tool available to use online with no sign-ups or logins required.

Roofers can tear up the ready reckoners and simply visit the site from their device, input the simplest details over just four steps, such as:

  • Flat roof measurements (the tool calculates overhang)
  • Project-specific details – adjoining buildings, upstanding walls
  • Trim requirements
  • Membrane grade requirements
  • Extrusions – the tool will add EPDM accessories if needed
  • Membrane and trim colour requirements

What happens next?

Once the details have been inputted, there is the option to go back and check you’ve added all your details correctly. If you’re happy, simply submit the request and a kit list is returned within moments.

This list can be printed out for your records or submitted to Permaroof for a materials quote. If you’re happy with the quote, Permaroof can process your order and you’ll receive everything the next day, under the terms of our next day delivery service.

Working with Permaroof offers trade roofers the opportunity to streamline operations and deliver a reliable, high-quality service to their clients. We also have new and exciting opportunities for trade roofers wishing to expand their existing businesses into EPDM flat roofing.

Find out more about the Permaroof EPDM training days and our recently-launched and highly popular Licenced Contractor Programme.

The Best Place to Buy Rubber Roofing

As spring approaches, homeowners across the UK are beginning to think about tackling those jobs that the winter months have created outside. This may include getting the shed or garage roof replaced with new rubber roofing.

Rubber roofing offers some great benefits for the flat roofs of the country’s domestic and commercial buildings. But where is the best place to buy rubber roof systems that can outperform the traditional flat roof materials of yesteryear?

How to find suppliers

Rubber roof suppliers are numerous around the UK, but PermaroofUK Ltd offer the widest selection of genuine Firestone EPDM roofing. The company remains one of the country’s largest licenced importers and distributors of Firestone EPDM and accessories.

Buying from Permaroof also offers homeowners the largest selection of flat roofing resources available online for free. With an extensive video tutorial library, a huge array of downloadable PDF installation guides and industry-recognised rubber roofing training courses, Permaroof can help both professional and DIY roofers get the job done fast.

Permaroof has also introduced the EPDM flat roof kit. The kits have proven to be perfect for DIY roofing projects at home, such as shed roofing and garage roof replacement. The rubber roof kit includes everything you need to create a professional finish and removes the worry of over- or under-buying materials.

Find out more about rubber roofing kits now.

What is rubber roofing?

EPDM membrane is a high-performance alternative to traditional flat roofing such as felt or tar paper. Manufactured from synthetic rubber polymers and carbon black, EPDM is the best example of rubber roofing available today. It has high UV resistance and offers 100% waterproofing over its incredible expected lifespan of more than 50 years.

Permaroof has been supplying the nation’s trade and DIY flat roofers for almost two decades, and with next day delivery and award-winning customer service and sales values, really is the best place to buy rubber roofing in the UK.

Visit the Permaroof online store today to buy your rubber membranes and EPDM accessories with confidence.

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