Rubber roofing refers to a membrane that is applied to flat roofing to provide a waterproof, versatile and flexible surface – a popular alternative to fibreglass, liquid or lead roof options. It is made from a material called ethylene propylene diene monomer (or EPDM). Here’s everything you need to know about rubber roofing if you are considering it for your home.
The benefits of rubber roofing
There are many advantages to using rubber roofing in Balham, Dorking for your property. One of these is its cost-effectiveness. Rubber roofing is an affordable material and the ease of installation also means that labour costs can be lower than those of other roofing materials. As no heat is required to fit the system, the material is completely safe to apply and does not pose any risks. Another benefit is that rubber roofing is long-lasting and is not easily damaged by intense heat, UV rays, high winds or freezing temperatures. By investing in a rubber roof now, homeowners can continue to feel the benefits of the system for many years to come.
As well as being efficient to install, rubber roofing is simple to maintain and can be repaired without any hassle. In the rare case of a leak or tear, a roofing expert will be able to repair the roof quickly and affordably. Homeowners do not have to worry about maintaining their roof beyond standard checks (e.g. removing plant debris and ensuring there are no leaks). If they want, they can apply a treatment to the rubber roof every 10 years or so, but this is not essential (if you’re not sure whether your roof needs maintenance, simply ask the experts!).
RubberBond FleeceBack™ EPDM
A popular option for rubber roofing is RubberBond FleeceBack™ EPDM. Unlike other rubber roofing, this membrane has a fleece backing that enhances its strength and makes it suitable for a number of different roofing surfaces. It also has factory-applied tape (FAT™) that other products do not offer. FAT™ works in the same way as a standard rubber membrane’s seam, only that it is applied beforehand in a factory-controlled setting, and so allows for the production of a uniform seam. The seam can be bonded to other roofing materials, reduces the risk of human error and makes the installation process quicker and less labour-intensive.
Here at South Thames Roofing, we are proud to be a registered RubberBond FleeceBack™ EPDM installer. Contact us today to find out more or to get a free, no-obligation quotation.