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EPDM Roofing – Learning the Basics

March 18th, 2012 · No Comments

You may not know much about EPDM roofing – learning the basics will give you the essential information about this roofing material. EPDM (ethylene propylene diene monomer) is a single tier material manufactured from synthetic rubber which is ideal and extremely popular for covering and protecting flat roofs. EPDM will withstand all and any amount of rain and snow which inevitably occurs during our annual weather conditions. It will also resist any damage caused by extreme temperatures – both hot and cold. The material is resistant to tears and cracks for decades. Its flexibility allows the material to extend up to 300% of the original dimensions, which makes it extremely versatile and practical for large flat roofs.

EPDM is not new. It has been used in the United States for over 50 years, and some of these original roofs are still protected today. The EPDM roofing material has been tested in the laboratory and also in real situations worldwide, and has been proved to protect flat roofs for at least fifty years. When installed correctly, this roofing material is totally reliable and enduring. More than a billion square metres of EPDM roofing material has been installed all over the world to date. Once the roofing material has been properly fitted, there is no need for any particular maintenance, and you can look forward to your roof being fully protected for fifty years or more.

EDPM roofing material can be used on all types of roofs, both residential and commercial. Fitting it does not need any asphalt or potentially dangerous flames. The installation is considerably quicker than traditional roofing materials, partly due to the substantial dimensions of the rolls manufactured. Larger pieces of roofing material equal less seams. No matter what the season, EPDM roofing materials can be easily and rapidly installed on flat roofs.

EPDM does need some specialist equipment and fixtures and fittings during installation, and there is a possibility that home insulation may need upgrading. This will depend on building regulations, so these should be checked. EPDM roofing must be fitted on a dry surface, so frost, ice or snow and pooling water must be eradicated before installation. Essential preparation carried out in advance will make the job easier, safer and quicker.




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