In the UK, an unpredictable climate and harsh winters make good roofing an invaluable investment. If you require a durable, weatherproof, and cost-effective roofing material, you might have come across rubber roofing as a sensible option. Ideal for use when constructing new flat roofs, rubber is also a good option for adding an extra protective layer to existing roofs.
So, what exactly is rubber roofing, and what makes it a good choice? We explore all of this and more in this article.
What is rubber roofing?
Rubber roofing usually comes in large rolls and may also be known as a ‘membrane’. The exact types available are known as EPDM, TPO, and PVC.
The most common type of rubber roofing, and the type that we choose to install here at South Thames Roofing, is EPDM, which stands for ethylene propylene diene monomer – these are just the names of the chemicals used to form the rubber. EPDM is used around the world in varying thicknesses to cover low-sloping buildings.
How is rubber roofing installed?
As per the recommendations set out by the EPDM Roofing Association, rubber roofing can be installed either fully-adhered, mechanically attached or ballasted, with any seams sealed using liquid adhesive or tape.
There are many different manufacturers of EDPM roofing, and here at South Thames we choose to work with RubberBond FleeceBack™, which is made by Carlisle SynTec Systems, one of the world’s leading rubber roof manufacturers.
Advantages of rubber roofing
There are several different advantages of opting for a rubber roofing system. These include:
- The long lifespan: Rubber is an extremely strong material that works well when faced with extreme weather conditions. The lifespan of rubber roofing is around 30-50 years. Our own RubberBond FleeceBack™ is approved by the British Board of Agrément (BBA), which certifies that it has a lifespan of more than 35 years.
- Easy to clean: The smooth surface of rubber roofing makes keeping it clean a total breeze. It is also incredibly difficult for moss to grow on rubber roofing, which is a huge bonus.
- Eco-friendly: EDPM is often made up of entirely recycled materials, making it a great choice for those looking to be kinder to the planet.
The only drawback of rubber roofing is the potential cost, however this can be weighed against the quality, durability, and longevity of other, cheaper options.
The trusted roofing experts of south London & Surrey
With decades of experience in all manner of roofing projects, South Thames offer an expert service in the repair, replacement, maintenance, and construction of roofs.
Specialising in everything from GRP fiberglass through to lead, our team of skilled fitters have years of knowledge, which you can see for yourself in our case studies section.
Whether you’re interested in RubberBond roofing or are in need of another roof-related service, South Thames roofing is on hand in the areas of Leatherhead and Esher and beyond to provide advice, assistance, repairs, and maintenance.
Get in touch with us today on 020 8397 2900 or by email at [email protected].