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What is EPDM roofing?

EPDM roofing is a rubber membrane system used on flat roofing. The material is a synthetic rubber made primarily from ethylene and polypropylene. A durable and long-lasting solution, EPDM roofing systems are economical and easy to apply.

 

How is EPDM roofing installed?

The roof surface needs to be clean and dry for the EPDM rubber membrane to adhere. Allow the membrane to relax totally flat in position for approximately 30 minutes. You can then fold the material back onto itself, to allow for the adhesive to be applied to the roof surface.

An even layer across the entire surface area for the adhesive is essential. Ensuring the adhesive is still wet, roll the membrane back into position across the roof. Once it is in place with no bumps or wrinkles, broom the membrane to achieve maximum contact with the adhesive.

Membranes such as ClassicBond rubber roofing, Firestone EPDM rubber roofing and Hertalan EPDM rubber roofing can all be made to measure and cut to size to match the size of the roof required. There will need to be an allowance for features such as overhang, under tiles and up walls.

 

EPDM roofing membrane

What are the benefits of EPDM roofing?

Due to the materials from which it is made, and a life expectancy of 50 years or more, EPDM is one of the most cost-effective choices. It is very easy to install, which helps save both time and money. The durable surface is not easy to scuff or scratch. With little to no seams, leaks are rare. Even if they do occur, they are easy to fix.

A heat-free installation also makes EPDM roofing a safer system to use, with minimal maintenance throughout its lifetime. Whilst some heat may be absorbed, the material is not easily damaged by UV rays. This makes it suitable for sunnier climates.

 

How much material do I need?

Measure the specified area carefully, taking into consideration the extra allowance on either side of the membrane. There are tools available to make this process easier. Roofing Superstore’s EPDM Kit Calculator works out the cost of the kit required depending on the measurements of the surface area.

Please note: This tool is only suitable for calculating square and rectangle roofs. For a more complicated roof shape, please contact our team of advisers for a bespoke quote.

For information or advice on EPDM roofing, call our friendly roofing advisers on 01752 692 760. Alternatively, use the live chat function in the bottom right-hand corner of our website.

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