What is EPDM?

All you need to know about EPDM systems

EPDM is a synthetic rubber that can last for many years in all weather conditions; for this reason, it is considered the best roofing membrane. EPDM is made up of ethylene and propylene from the earth’s natural gas and oil. It has become very popular and is available in many sizes and the colour choice of black or white.

Many contractors favour EPDM as it can be installed many different ways. Therefore, it can make even the toughest roofing job much easier.

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Is EPDM the choice for me?

EPDM has been very popular for low-slope roofs in the North East and through the UK for over 40 years. It is also a material chosen by many architects all over the world.

When you are researching your project and what materials it requires, EPDM will always be strongly recommended by many different companies that know about this material. EDPM has been put to the test many times and always shows the same results, including:

  • Tireless resistance
  • Extremely good resilience in hail
  • A very high tolerance in all weather conditions
  • Very good heating in extreme heat brought by both the sun and fire
  • Inability to show complete fading that UV rays could otherwise cause
  • Withstanding of high-speed winds

You can benefit from all of these results, but only when the EPDM is fitted correctly. Therefore, it is crucial that you choose the right company – preferably one that has specialist EPDM installers. You can contact us at Findley Roofing & Building to request a quote.

Couldn't I just purchase a GRP Roof?

It’s true that GRP is another solution that has gained great popularity in recent years for flat roofing, so you may reasonably ask whether it is the superior option to EPDM for your own application.

The short answer to that question is that it isn’t. Yes, GRP can be an excellent roofing material in its own right, being lightweight, hardwearing and long in lifespan. But it is also much less flexible than EPDM, with the only very small allowance for expansion and contraction leaving you at greater risk of a cracked roof due to building movement.

EPDM, however, is exceptionally flexible, elongating considerably to accommodate movements in your building, thereby helping to ensure that your roof continues to look as good as new for many years to come.

You can benefit from all of these results, but only when the EPDM is fitted correctly. Therefore, it is crucial that you choose the right company – preferably one that has specialist EPDM installers. You can contact us here at Findley Roofing & Building to request a quote.

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