Grant findley of findley roofing and building explores why you should consider using epdm rubber membrane on your flat roofing projects.
Flat roof felt or epdm.
All resins and application of gel coats are done on site.
Flat roofing felt or rubber epdm.
Though both come with pros and cons the truth is that there s no right or wrong answer.
Unless the flat roof is a new build you will be replacing an existing flat roof normally a felt roof such as built up bitumen or asphalt.
Simple and safe to install with no naked flames the synthetic rubber is glued to a clean roof decking.
The epdm flat roof solution is manufactured from engineered sheets with preformed details and factory applied tapes.
Ethylene and propylene are its two main ingredients which are sourced from natural gas and oil.
Durability epdm flat roofs are notably more durable than felt the membrane s saturated polymer backbone allows for a strong resistance to weathering such as considerable temperature changes.
This material was used in the construction of many semi detached houses with garages extended bay windows and porches during the 1960 s.
A wet bonding adhesive and a stronger contact adhesive are applied around the perimeters.
This provides a waterproof solution that is easy to install.
One does not outweigh the other with many flat roofs around the uk featuring at least one of the materials.
Epdm is a single ply rubber roofing system fitted without the need for joins an attractive prospect.
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A fibreglass grp flat roof is a very labour intensive option.
Epdm rubber or felt.
For over half a century and right up until the early 2000 s mineral felt had been at the forefront of flat roofing in the uk.
As described earlier these substances are a contaminate to the glues used in epdm and the membrane itself with direct long term contact.
Epdm is one of the most durable forms of roofing systems used for flat roof surfaces.
The rubber roofing membrane is a maintenance free synthetic solution to the common problems faced when looking after a flat roof.
Epdm flat roofs chemical properties result in a very low risk of oxidation as well as providing a high resistance to water acid and alkali erosion.
Made from ethylene and propylene it s flexibility and ease of use makes it perfect for any size property.
Ethylene propylene diene terpolymer or epdm is an economical and durable roofing alternative to felt.
This will leave you with two choices.
Roofs follow this same premise either physically cover it with something like a pvc or an epdm rubber membrane or apply a coating such as tar or spray on silicon.