CLASSICBOND® and Firestone Rubbercover are the leading brands for EPDM roofing membrane systems. We often get asked what are the differences between the two systems.
CLASSICBOND® is manufactured in the USA by Carlisle Syntec, the largest producer of EPDM in the world. CLASSICBOND® is the orignal EPDM which was first used on commercial roofs in the 1960s whereas Firestone was launched much later in the 1980's. For this reason CLASSICBOND® is the only EPDM brand that can truly claim to have a proven 50 year life expectancy.
CLASSICBOND® EPDM is CE marked with a nominal thickness of 1.2mm as opposed to the thinner 1.1mm of Firestone RubberCover as defined by EN 13956.
Both CLASSICBOND® and Firestone Rubbercover are BBA certified and approved by the NHBC when installed in accordance with the manufacturers guidlines. The BBA certificates state that Firestone RubberCover a service life in excess of 30 years and CLASSICBOND® has an expected service life in excess of 35 years.