If you’ve been looking for a new roofing system, then you’ve probably heard a lot of talk about rubber EPDM roofing, but are EPDM roofs any good?
The article will address this question in more detail by looking at the various benefits it offers.
Why install EPDM roofing?
EPDM is a synthetic rubber roofing membrane that is widely used in low-slope buildings throughout the United Kingdom. Its two primary ingredients are ethylene and propylene, which are derived from oil and natural gas. EPDM can be installed either fully adhered, mechanically attached or ballasted, with the seams sealed using liquid adhesives or special tape.
Given its properties, it brings along several benefits. Let’s take a closer look at what makes it a great option for your roofing project.
EPDM rubber is really good at keeping the rain water out and it won’t leach harmful chemicals into your rainwater. So when it rains, you don’t have to worry about pollution. It’s a great way to help the environment as this water can be used for rainwater harvesting. This can potentially reduce the water consumption which contributes towards a more sustainable living.
Use of recycled rubber
EPDM roofing is made from recycled rubber extracted from old tires. Those who have chosen to install EPDM roofing can reduce the amount of waste they create and protect the environment at the same time. Not only does it look great and have an unparalleled lifespan, but it also protects you from harmful emissions.
Following on from the previous point, once the EPDM sheets have reached the end of its lifespan, they can be 100% recycled which is great if you are especially conscious about the impact on the environment.
In other words, helping to minimise the use of fossil fuels, EPDM sheets are a sustainable solution. Once they have outlived their lifespan they can be recycled into rubber mats or used as fuel during the manufacturing process.
Does not use Bitumen
Unlike roofing felt, which contains bitumen, EPDM is made from synthetic rubber and does not release any substances into the air or soil. This makes EPDM roofing much more environmentally friendly than most other roofing materials. The quality of EPDM material used by most manufacturers therefore ensures their longevity and the sustainability of the roof.
Are EPDM roofs any good to reduce energy costs? Absolutely!
EPDM roofs help lower cooling costs by reflecting heat, keeping buildings cool during the summer months, surrounding them in a layer of insulation during colder months and allowing hot air to escape from the building. This can in turn reduce energy costs and thereby make it a more environmentally-friendly roofing material.
‘Green System’ Compatible
Green systems and solutions are here to stay and are not just a trend. They are increasingly becoming a part of everyone’s daily life. Are EPDM roofs any good in creating green systems? This is definitely the case because vegetation can be grown on top of them. These work great also if you want to install a green roof which can further make it a more greener environment.
EPDM Roofing membranes are flexible, virtually maintenance free, have no-corrosion properties and last at least 50 years for a much lower life cycle cost. Whatever the climate, whatever the weather, EPDM roofs are protected year on year.
Also, these roofing membranes are also high quality, meaning that in the future, you won’t have to worry about harsh weather conditions affecting your roofing membrane. All you need to do is relax and let us handle all of your concerns. It also has less need for roof repairs as the materials used are more durable.
As much as it may seem more expensive than other roofing materials, the long lasting feature makes it a viable investment that provides positive returns in the long run.
Durable for extreme conditions
How long do EPDM roofs last? You can expect your EPDM roof to last up to 50 years.
Most homeowners that feel EPDM roofs are ideal for their roofing needs because it can withstand all types of climates. This means regardless of what season it is or what part of the country, you’re covered! Not only is it safe and effective, but it will also save you money in the long run.
Rubber roofing is a safe material, both during the application process and once in place. With no heat or welding required during installation, the application process is not only quicker than other flat roofing materials, but significantly safer for installers.
EPDM Rubber roofing is flame resistant, and RubberBond Fleeceback EPDM are reported to have the highest European fire ratings. As such, not only does it offer security in terms of durability, but helps to keep your property safe from any potential damage.
Compatible with solar panels
EPDM roofs are perhaps the easiest type of roofing system to install solar panels on. After screws have been attached for mounting, all that is required is a pad and ballast, which is placed under the panels in order to hold them in place.
This method of attaching solar panels to an EPDM roof eliminates the need for drilling any holes at all. It can either be attached mechanically or by simply weighing down the solar panels with a ballast system.
Installing a EPDM Roof
According to ERA, EPDM can be installed through a ballast, fully adhered or mechanically attached. If you are interested in using EPDM roofing for your property, you should consider getting a professional roofer such as Premier Roofing Solutions to install your EPDM roof.
There are certain steps involved in installing an EPDM roof which is listed below:
- Lay out the membrane layer (while ensuring there is room for excess allowance depending on the surface).
- Fold back to prepare the surface for the adhesive.
- Apply an appropriate adhesive to the bottom layer of the membrane
- Ensure the edges of the membrane are smoothened using rollers or push brooms
- Finally, seal the seams using a caulk and other special equipment.
Interested in EPDM Roofs?
Here at Premier Roofing Solutions in Nottingham, we provide all aspects of EPDM roofing services and will be more than happy to offer free quotations.