When it comes to flat roofing materials, you have a few options including torch-on felts, felt shingles and GRP and liquid solutions. But an increasing number of homeowners are opting for a material called single-ply rubber flat roofing, and this roofing material is fast becoming the material of choice for home extensions, outbuildings and other buildings with a flat roof.

So what is single-ply rubber flat roofing?

Single-ply rubber flat roofing is actually the name given to a synthetic rubber roofing membrane called EPDM (Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer), and this is manufactured by SIG Design & Technology (singleply.co.uk). EPDM is an elastic material, that’s only available in black, and it is a recommended flat roofing material by ourselves.

What are the benefits of EPDM roofing?

  • EPDM roofing has a long life span, in excess of 40 years;
  • EPDM rubber is made from recycled materials;
  • Rubber is waterproof and freeze proof;
  • EPDM is fire retardant and resistant to extremely high temperatures;
  • Installation is relatively quick;
  • Rubber is easy to repair/ replace;
  • EPDM is a cost-effective roofing material.

What are the cons of EPDM roofing?

  • EPDM rubber roofs must be installed professionally;
  • EPDM rubber, while easy to repair, is susceptible to damage from falling debris.

Is single-ply rubber flat roofing right for me?

Single-ply rubber flat roofing is one of our favourite materials to work with. We’ve been installing rubber roofing for over a decade and EPDM, in our opinion, is better than PVC and TPO roofing membranes because of its flexibility. However, we also specialise in the installation of these membranes, and they do have their place.

Perhaps the best thing about this type of flat roofing is its ability to stand up against the harshest of weathers. It’s an extremely strong material and it offers extremely good protection against standing snow and ice formations. Additionally, because this rubber reflects heat, it isn’t susceptible to cracking or splitting and many of our customers have noticed a reduction in their heating bills thanks to its impressive insulation properties.

Installation of single-ply roofing

Single ply roofing must be installed professionally, because EPDM needs to be ballasted to receive a satisfactory fire rating and welds are taped for complex detailing.

If you require a flat roofing solution, we recommend EPDM roofing and we have successfully installed hundreds of these roofs in Leeds alone. Get in touch with us today on 0800 037 5669 or from your mobile on 07947 272 606 for a free, no obligation project quote.

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