CAN I WALK ON AN EPDM RUBBER ROOF?
An EPDM flat rubber roof is capable of withstanding light foot traffic.
This is during the installation process, further maintenance and using it to access windows for cleaning.
However, if you require to walk over the EPDM roof regularly, there are ways to reinforce for surface and ensure that the integrity of the roof isn’t affected by regular foot traffic.
At Rubber Roofing Direct, our PS walkway pads and paving support systems are designed to improve the structure of the flat roof and reduce any damage that could be caused by regular use of walking across the surface.
PS Walkway Pads are designed to protect the EPDM membrane from regular foot traffic. They can be applied to the surface using pre-applied seam tape that bonds it to the membrane.
Paving Supports are ideal for paving as they are placed directly onto the membrane without any adhesives or fasteners needed.
These modular units can be stacked, allowing you to dictate the height when paving and applying tiles.
CAN AN EPDM ROOF BE TILED OVER?
Yes, you can safely install tiles or slabs on top of an EPDM flat rubber roof. The EPDM membrane can act as a secure base for cement screed to be poured on top of. You will need to ensure a separation layer is placed between the EPDM and screed, allowing you to install tiles or slabs on top of the rubber roof. This can allow you to use your flat roof as a balcony. Read more here.
We always recommend assessing the structure before looking to make the flat roof a regular walking space. Some extensions may not be designed to actively use the roof as a balcony and may not have the correct structural support