Firestone’s EPDM synthetic rubber membrane has been growing in popularity for flat roofing for two decades, and is proving to be the roofing industry’s most innovative, sustainable solution to cover flat roof installations.
To-date, more than 1,000,000,000 square metres of Firestone EPDM membrane has been installed.
What is EPDM?
EPDM is the industry-accepted abbreviated term for Ethylene-Propylene-Diene-Terpolymer. It is a flexible synthetic rubber roofing membrane, manufactured in the US by Firestone and has a proven track record of high performance in both commercial and domestic flat roofing installations all over the world.
EPDM membrane is being looked at by the roofing industry as a viable replacement for outdated felt roofing. For a long time, roofers have felt that there must be a sustainable solution to traditional flat roofing methods, and EPDM looks like it may be the very thing they have been looking for.
EPDM is a single-ply, 100% cured inert roofing membrane with a unique composition that has limited impact on the environment during manufacture and use. It has a surprising life expectancy of more than 50 years if installed correctly, and is fixed with a water-based adhesive.
EPDM membrane for DIY
One of the biggest advantages to the DIY market with EPDM membrane is its ease of application. EPDM can be purchased in standard sizes – in one piece. Let that sink in for a moment. In one piece.
The joins of a roofing material are its most vulnerable points. These are places where water is most likely to ingress, causing damage to roof decking and interiors.
EPDM is applied in a single sheet, eliminating the necessity for joins, and using water-based adhesive and just a few tools.
Now it is possible to see why EPDM membrane is appealing to the world of DIY, offering homeowners the opportunity to get a professional finish on an installation that will outlast more complicated, traditional methods.
EPDM is suitable for:
- Flat roof extensions
- Shed roofing
- Garage roofing
- Green roofing
Where can EPDM be purchased?
EPDM is widely available in the UK and can be bought online. For DIY flat roofing, the most favourable option would be a flat roof kit, which includes all the ‘ingredients’ for a great flat roof!
Flat roof kits come in a wide range of standard sizes, or can be custom-cut up to 12 x 30m. There is also a range of shed roof kits available to the DIY market from the largest online DIY retailers.
As environmental concerns increase around the world, organisations are encouraging both the public, and commercial business sectors to maintain a greater awareness about sustainable buildings and building materials.
Firestone’s EPDM flat roofing membrane is bringing sustainability closer to the roofing sector.