If you are looking for flat roof materials with long lasting ability, EPDM is your answer. EPDM or Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer, to give it its full name, is a flat roofing material designed to be able to stand up to the most extreme conditions that a flat roof will face.
It is this durability that provides EPDM with long lasting ability. At Rubber 4 Roofs, we offer EPDM flat roof materials which have a life expectancy in excess of 50 years.
With a reliable and durable construction and a permanently flexible design, this type of flat roofing material is made to be able to withstand all kinds of weather conditions, including extreme weather cycles, changing climates, plus protection from the acids found in rainwater and constant exposure to direct UV.
One key difference between EPDM and roofing materials such as shingle roofs and concrete roof tiles is the way in which they are installed. Shingle roofs and concrete roof tiles are designed to be installed by overlapping them when installing on a pitched roof, this allows rainwater to simply run off the roof. However, with a flat roof, there is no pitch to allow rainwater to run off. Instead, rainwater will collect on the roof’s surface and this will work its way beneath the surface and rot the substrate, meaning leaks will occur.
EPDM is different, specifically designed as a flat roof material, it is installed in one piece with no overlapping. This means that rainwater will not be able to get beneath its surface. EPDM will also repel all moisture and “breathes”, allowing vapours to escape, thus preventing blisters. It is also highly resistant to UV (Ultraviolet light) and IR (Infrared light) and does not suffer with age from cracking or grazing.
A Roofing Material With a Life Expectancy in Excess of 50 Years
Due to its durability, all of the EPDM flat roofing materials we offer have a life expectancy in excess of 50 years. This makes them both highly cost-effective and environmentally friendly. Not only that, EPDM’s long-lasting abilities do not even end when it can no longer be used as a roofing material. With the ability to be recycled, EPDM sheets can be recycled after use as the rubber mats used in children’s playgrounds, or can be used as fuel to help reduce dependency on fossil fuels.
EPDM roofing was first laid in the 1960s in the USA by CarlisleTM Syntec. Impressively showcasing the material’s long-lasting abilities, the original EPDM roofing installations are still protecting the roofs today.
Since then, many internationally recognised companies have chosen EPDM flat roofing materials for their buildings. These companies include Honda, Microsoft, Staples and Barclaycard. In addition to this, the Playhouse Theatre in London has a roof with an EPDM covering, as do many schools, shopping centres, railway stations, hospitals, commercial and residential properties across the globe. In fact, over 1 billion square metres of material have been installed worldwide!
The benefits of our EPDM flat roofing materials
- Long lasting ability, EPDM roofs have been proven to last in excess of 50 years
- Permanently flexible
- Highly resistant to UV and infrared light
- Highly resistant to acids from rainwater
- Environmentally friendly
- No shrinkage or dimensional changes over a temperature range from -40 to +120 degrees centigrade
- Our EPDM membranes are able to fix onto nearly every roof surface
Typical applications of EPDM include:
- Flat roof extensions
- Garage roofs
- Gutter linings
- Balcony floors
- Shed roofs