EPDM rubber is perfectly suited for flat roofs thanks to its unrivalled water resistance and ability to withstand extreme temperatures. EPDM membranes can be installed onto a variety of structures ranging from low-pitch garage roofs to large industri...
EPDM rubber is perfectly suited for flat roofs thanks to its unrivalled water resistance and ability to withstand extreme temperatures. EPDM membranes can be installed onto a variety of structures ranging from low-pitch garage roofs to large industrial buildings.
Unlike common liquid-based alternatives, EPDM membranes are easy to fit, even if you’re doing it yourself. What’s more, they offer a superb lifespan of over 50 years if well looked after. This makes them ideal for homeowners that want peace of mind with minimal maintenance required.
Uses for EPDM Membranes
EPDM rubber is an incredibly versatile material that can be used across a wide array of flat roofing applications. The most common of which are:
- Sheds or garden buildings
- Garages or house extensions
- As the waterproof membrane for green roofs
- Balcony extensions
- Commercial or agricultural buildings
Benefits of Rubber Roof Membranes
These single-ply rubber membranes can be installed as one large piece, meaning there’ll be no seams on the roof’s surface. This will virtually eliminate the chance of nightmare leaks, one of most common causes of damage to flat roofs.
As these membranes are made from highly-advanced synthetic rubber, they’re incredible flexible and durable. This helps to prevent tears during or after installation, and provides additional protection from water damage.
Some roofing materials may blister or crack following exposure to ultraviolet light. You may also suffer the consequences of thermal movement, which can result in membranes becoming saggy and unsightly.
The same cannot be said for an EPDM membrane, which is able to withstand continuous exposure to UV light without significant deterioration. This is particularly important in the UK, where heatwaves are becoming more common.
Rubber roof membranes weigh between 1.5kg and 2kg per square meter. This makes them ideal for almost any flat roof, whether it features a minimal timber frame or mighty steel supports.
Its light weight makes EPDM rubber incredibly versatile, with uses ranging from large garden buildings to small residential garages. It also makes it far easier to fit by both handy homeowners and experienced tradespeople.
We offer EPDM membranes in a choice of thicknesses between 1.2mm and 2.5mm. Providing you with a solution for your flat roof, whether you're looking to minimise cost or maximise longevity.
You can also order a bespoke flat roof kit with our purposely built calculator. It will calculate the appropriate membrane size, accompanying trims and more with only a few measurements being required.
Types of EPDM Membrane
We’re partnered with several trusted manufacturers to offer homeowners and tradespeople a superb selection of EPDM rubber roof membranes to suit a variety of needs. These include membranes that are sustainably created, easy to install and boast exceptional performance and longevity.
The original EPDM rubber roof membrane manufacturer, Classic Bond has over fifty years’ experience in manufacturing top-quality rubber roofing materials. You can expect unbeatable durability and easy installation from their industry-leading product range.
Firestone EPDM Rubber Roofing offers high levels of performance at a competitive price. An excellent option for smaller projects, Firestone EPDM membranes are ideal for garage roofs, house extensions, garden outbuildings and more. What’s more, their seamless rubber roofing is sustainable and simple to fit.
Resitrix EPDM membranes were first manufactured in the 1970s with over forty million square meters of rubber roofing laid to date! Resitrix membranes are renowned for their reliability, durability and easy installation. What’s more, their EPDM membranes can be expected to last up to fifty years with minimal maintenance.
Have More Questions About Our EPDM Membranes?
Whether you're repairing a leaky old roof or building a new garage or extension, a rubber roof membrane could be the ideal solution for you. But if you're still unsure, get in touch with our award-winning team by calling 01295 565 565. They’ll be able to advise you on the perfect flat roofing solution for your project.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is EPDM Rubber?
Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer or EPDM rubber is a synthetic rubber that is used across a wide range of applications. As a highly durable, flexible, and non-permeable material it is excellent as a rubber roofing solution, used widely across the world for flat roofing. EPDM rubber is also used in vehicle manufacturing in door and window seals, as well as weatherstripping and much more.
Is EPDM Rubber Waterproof?
Yes, EPDM rubber is a highly waterproof material capable of resisting rainfall and other forms of water ingress, which are a common cause of damage to flat roofs. Thanks to its impermeability and elasticity, a single EPDM membrane can very often be used to cover an entire roof. With no seams, the new flat roof has no vulnerable points where water may get in.
How Long Do Rubber Membrane Roofs Last?
You can expect your EPDM rubber roof to last for 50 years or more. This is thanks to continuing innovation in the manufacturing of EPDM membranes. The material is not susceptible to damage from exposure to UV light such as shrinkage, nor will it rot or be damaged by precipitation. Rubber roofs are also shear resistant, and able to withstand high winds.
Can You Walk on an EPDM Membrane?
EPDM roofing membranes are only designed to withstand the light footfall one might expect during installation or occasional cleaning and maintenance.