EPDM rubber roofing sheets are highly versatile, available in a range of both standard and bespoke sizes and can be used to cover flat roofs, domes and other shaped structures, in addition to its growing popularity in the installation of green roofing, building cladding and for modular portable buildings. It’s also flexible and can be adhered, loosely laid or tightly fixed depending on the needs of the project. It has an appealing clean and neat appearance after installation.
Versatility and durability
EPDM rubber in sheet form is widely used worldwide, given that it can withstand extreme cold and hot temperatures and is resistant to moisture absorption. When well taken care of it can last for up to 50 years. It is windproof, waterproof and is available with fire resistant qualities and retains its colour and texture extremely well.
This efficacy combined with little or no maintenance cost, makes it a favourable choice for most domestic and commercial flat roof installations.
EPDM is particularly suitable for roofing in highly humid areas due to its high resistance to water absorption, or flat roofs, which may accumulate and retain water for prolonged periods of time, but what other benefits can be gained in different uses?
The different uses of EPDM rubber roofing sheets
When used in domestic flat roof extension projects, EPDM rubber roofing sheets serves as an insulator, regulating temperatures in the house. This reduces the heating and cooling costs. It can be used on flat, low and steep slope roofing. This benefit is also realised when EPDM sheets are used in modular or temporary building cladding projects. These, typically wooden, structures can be effectively waterproofed comprehensively using EPDM rubber.
EPDM rubber roofing is light weight and can be supported by simple roof decks, lowering the risk of overloading structures and is particularly suitable for both garage and shed roofing.
EPDM rubber roofing sheets can provide an ideal waterproofing barrier layer in a green roofing installation. This is perhaps the most important layer of a green roof, sitting as it does directly on the roof deck, so it is critical to ensure the EPDM sheet is perfectly installed and checked meticulously for any damage. This barrier layer should then be protected by a further layer of insulation material before the gravel drainage layers are added. The EPDM rubber roofing sheets are strong, yet susceptible to damage by sharp objects.
EPDM is growing in popularity for green roofing around the world, maybe because it has an expected lifespan of 50 years, a proven history of waterproofing and a minimum environmental impact.
EPDM can be used in ornamental ponds too, but again, the same precautions would need to be taken as in green roofing, to protect the surface from sharp objects.
Installing EPDM rubber roof systems is fast and simple
Proper installation of the EPDM rubber roofing sheets ensures its durability and efficacy. Any extrusions, such as chimneys and pipes should be handled with extra care to prevent leakages. There are comprehensive guides for such tasks to be found online easily.
When installing the EPDM roof, the roof deck will not usually require reinforcement as the rubber roof sheets are lightweight. The installation process is often fast and simple and can be completed either by a contractor or by a capable DIY enthusiast.
Installation should be approached with care and preparation carried out correctly. There should be minimised foot traffic before and during the cure process to prevent any damage.
The applications and benefits of EPDM rubber roofing sheets are numerous, and probably more far-reaching than is currently realised. The next time you consider a domestic project, think about the benefits of EPDM. Initial cost layout can be more than other systems, but the staying power of EPDM alone means that it will pay for itself many times over again.