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EPDM Rubber Roofing FAQs - your questions answered

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What is an EPDM Rubber Roof?

An EPDM rubber roof is an exceptionally durable roof made from a synthetic rubber roofing membrane. An EPDM roof is usually fully adhered onto a flat surface and has a proven life expectancy of 50 years.

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How long should a Rubber Roof last?

Because an EPDM rubber roof is made from rubber, the material cannot be affected by the sun’s UV and ultraviolet rays as well as standard weather conditions such as snow, rain and wind. If maintained properly, an EPDM rubber roof can last in excess of 50 years.

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How do you fit a rubber roof?

Fitting an EPDM rubber roof is an easy and simple process; however, steps have to be taken to make sure the rubber roof is effective. With the use of adhesives and sealants, the EPDM rubber roof is bonded onto the surface, with wrinkles gradually smoothed out.

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4

Are EPDM roofs any good?

EPDM rubber roofs offer a wealth of benefits that traditional roofing materials don’t offer. The main benefits of an EPDM rubber roof are that they’re incredibly long-lasting, extremely easy to maintain as moss and algae don’t grow on it and it’s environmentally friendly as the EPDM is made from recycled rubber and materials.

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5

Can you paint EPDM rubber roofing?

You can paint on the rubber membrane surface, however, we recommend using an acrylic coating. This paint is specifically designed for rubber roofing, but if you’re unsure, get in touch with the manufacturer of the EPDM roof, your installer or contact us.

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Can EPDM be used on a pitched roof?

Flexi Proof  EPDM rubber roof can be used on low, pitched roofs. Our installers are experts in bonding the rubber membrane on low-pitched roofs. We’ve successfully installed countless EPDM rubber roofs onto pitched roofs.

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How much does an EPDM roof cost?

The cost of an EPDM rubber roof is dependent on the size of the roof and the Thickness you want to use. Our 1.14mm Flexi Proof  EPDM membrane costs £7.25 + VAT per square metre. With our EPDM flat roof kit calculator, you can get a better understanding of how much an EPDM rubber roof costs.

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8

Can you put a rubber roof over asphalt?

An EPDM rubber roof can be placed over asphalt, but this can only be achieved by using a fleece back EPDM. For the rubber membrane to successfully bond onto the roof surface, it needs to be flat. You cannot install an EPDM rubber roof on shingles.

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9

Can you tile over EPDM?

You can install slabs or tiles on top and across an EPDM flat roof. This is dependent on the type of slab and tile design you want to use. We’ll have to make sure that rainwater and other substances can pass through the gaps and down into the drains rather than sitting on top of the rubber membrane.

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10

What is the best material for a flat roof?

There is a range of materials you can use for a flat roof, such as asphalt or tiles. An EPDM rubber roof is becoming an increasingly popular option for UK homeowners because it’s durable, long-lasting, lightweight and cost-effective.

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Is EPDM environmentally friendly?

An EPDM flat roof is incredibly eco-friendly and sustainable. Recycling and creating rubber membrane has a minimal environmental impact compared to other materials. Furthermore, it has a greater potential for collecting rainwater and has a lifespan of over 50 years whilst fibreglass usually lasts 20 years.

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What are the benefits of an EPDM Rubber Membrane?

It’s always important to choose the best roofing material for your project. Whether you’re choosing a roofing material for a shed roof, flat roof or a garage roof, you want to make sure that the roof you choose meets your high standards. An EPDM flat roof offers a wealth of benefits that make it the very best roofing material that include it being a lightweight material, cost-effective and low maintenance.

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