What was the first use of natural rubber?
Rubber was first discovered by Joseph Priestley of England in 1770, best known for his discovery of oxygen, he found that pencil marks could be “rubbed out” by the substance. From this early use, rubber derived its name. It is now thought that 25 million tonnes of rubber is produced per year.
When was rubber first used on a roof?
EPDM Rubber unlike Butyl rubber is completly UV and infrared stable making it perfect as a roofing material. The first commercial rubber roof was installed in the United States in 1965 by Carlisle Syntec, it is now 50 years old and still going strong. This makes Classicbond the only EPDM with a proven 50 year life expectancy!