Why EPDM Roofs?
What is EPDM Roofing?
EPDM (short for Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer) Roofing is a synthetic rubber material used in the construction of flat roofs. It is very popular with commercial and industrial roofers everywhere because it comes in large sheets, rolls or tapes which makes its installation quick and easy.
EPDM material is extremely durable, resistant to chemical damage and able to withstand long periods of sun exposure. As a result, this type of roofing is used in many high profile commercial buildings as well as areas that need protection from the elements (eg; industrial and agricultural) anywhere around the world.
What are some other names for EPDM?
Some people also call it "rubberized asphalt". This name refers to another kind of seamless roofing membrane that has been layered with bitumen on top but not EPDM. However, their names can be easily confused because both offer similar benefits in terms of water resistance and low maintenance costs.
What are the common EPDM roofing products?
There are many EPDM brands but Firestone EPDM is the most popular roofing product. Because of its strength and durability, it's commonly used for industrial as well as agricultural purposes.
Firestone EPDM roofing comes in a variety of sizes, thicknesses as well as colours: black, brown and green (except on the 12-inch product which is only available in black). Each size also has 3 different thickness options to choose from depending on your preferred level of water resistance (20 mils for light commercial use or residential roofs not intended to handle severe weather; 40 mils if the building structure relies on the roof to be extra sturdy; 50 mils for more severe weather).
This kind of EPDM membrane consists of thousands of interwoven strands that are wound together with heat at high pressure.
What are the benefits of installing EPDM Roofing?
The most important thing about EPDM is its ability to be installed quickly. This kind of roofing also needs little maintenance because it has one of the highest levels of resistance towards scratches, dents, cuts and pinholes in the market today. As such, this can help homeowners save more money in repairs compared to other commercial and residential roofs.
EPDM Roofs are 100% waterproof meaning that they won't have leaks at all even if their gaskets are not replaced after a few years since being installed. The rubber in the gaskets of this roofing is resistant to UV rays and chemicals. It also has very thick flexibility so that it can come into contact with any kind of building structure, including piers without causing damages.
This kind of rubber roofing assembly is ideal for commercial and residential purposes because it can be used on almost every part of your house, regardless if you want to re-roof or install a new one. For instance, EPDM Roof can be installed on wood shingle roof systems, flat roofs (built over grade beams), baked clay tile roofs (EPDM modified bitumen membrane), standing seam metal roofs (modified bitumen membranes) and more.
If you are looking for an environmentally friendly roofing system that comes in a couple of different colours and styles, then EPDM Roof might be an option for you.
How does EPDM roofing compare to GRP roofing?
If you are comparing EPDM roofing to GRP and felt roofing, then this will give you a good idea of what they are and what they can do for your home or business.
GRP is known as Glass Filled Polyester Roofing; it is made from shredded recycled glass that has been melted into the fabric of special polyester material used in roofing. It comes with UV protection which prevents premature discolouring and allows it to resist moulds, mildews and other infestations.
Unlike GRP that uses the glue-down application, the EPDM membrane is also solvent resistant so repairs are possible even if the seams have already detached themselves.
That being said, however, this roofing system does not have the same level of waterproofing that GRP offers—it only comes with a 20-year warranty for uncovered and exposed applications. EPDM roofing is much easier to install as compared to its counterpart because it has fewer components; therefore, the job can be completed in just one day. This also makes repairs quite easy if you find any issues several years later. The top layer of an EPDM roof is called the cap sheet or batten sheet; this is where the seams are sealed using either hot bitumen or hot tar depending on your preference.
For those more environmentally conscious homeowners out there, then you'll love the fact that EPDM does not come with any type of plastic used in making it, unlike GRP which uses PVC. EPDM products are regarded as better because they have all the benefits of GRP and more without any of the environmental disadvantages associated with these two materials.
Other benefits & drawbacks of both roof materials are:
EPDM has been well established over the last 40 years with proven performance while GRP is just emerging into the market. It is also important to note that GRP has a significantly higher cost per square foot more than EPDM. This doesn't take into account additional expenses for power tools and training, which are required for the installation of GRP roofing products.
GRP is not as strong or durable as EPDM, but it does offer increased resistance to rotting, leaks and insect infestation.
How long does EDPM roofing last?
One of the reasons why EPDM is considered a better roofing material is that it's long-lasting. It can last for over fifty years if well maintained. If we compare this with other types of materials on the market today then it's clear to see that they simply do not come close when compared in terms of their durability.
To ensure that you are getting a quality product from your contractor, here are some things you should look out for:
Installing a new roof is more than just slapping down some materials on top of your house. You need to make sure that it will last for many years to come, not just look good while it's being put in place.
How much does Firestone EPDM roof cost?
The cost of a new EPDM roof will depend on the size and quality you want, but it is generally cheaper than other roofing materials.
Firestone EPDM roofing on average costs £50 - £200 per square metre. This price can range from as little as £50.00 to as much as £375.00, this all depends on the size of the roof and how much material is required for your specific project. The installation cost is usually included within the material cost.
How long does it take to install EPDM roofing?
The time it takes to install Firestone EPDM is dependent on the size of your roof. For smaller roofs like a garage or conservatory, it will usually take approximately 2 - 4 hours to complete whilst larger projects such as houses with multiple rooms can take just over 1 day. If a single person is doing the work then the installation should be completed within a day. But if you have at least 2 people installing your EPDM roofing then it should not take more than a couple of hours to half a day.
Where should I buy my roofing materials?
You have 2 options when choosing the right company for your job. You can purchase the material yourself or you might prefer to find a ready-made EPDM system - either way is fine but most professional builders/contractors will only work with their own brand of products as they are sure that these have been sourced from reputable manufacturers with experience and training.
A good rule of thumb is to use a well-established firm that has been recommended by friends and family or even look on online forums for feedback about people's experiences with certain contractors.
Check the company's website. They should have some form of guarantee in place and all the right qualifications to be part of an approved installer scheme for their roofing products or services, such as EPDM, copper/lead work or fascias etc.
Dealing with a local firm also means you will be able to get onsite help if you have any problems with your materials in the future and you will be supporting your local economy too. You can ask friends & neighbours if there is anyone reputable that they would recommend to carry out your job.
As an expert roofing contractor in Winchester, Winchester Roofing Services have the expertise to install this innovative rubber roofing product on every home or commercial building. We are fully insured and offer excellent guarantees as well so you can relax while we work on your next project. Give us a call today.