How do I plan my roof for EPDM installation? So you're thinking of replacing your Flat Roof with Firestone EPDM, how do you plan for the materials and cost involved? It's really simple!
The image to the left is an example plan of a flat roof.
You will need:
Dimensions of the roof. Where does the water run to? Does your roof join to another pitched, tiled or flat roof? Details of the roof (Does the roof adjoin a brick wall, are there any paraphet walls? Does the roof have a gutter edge, any pipes, skylights...)
You will need to take this in to account so you can work out how much EPDM you will need, as well as Adhesive, Gutter Trim, Edge Trim, Detailing Tapes, Fixings and Applicators.
You can download a planning sheet from this page, fill in with as much detail using the above method. You can email or fax back to us, and we can work out the cost FREE OF CHARGE.
Firstly, if you are unsure what EPDM is then here is in depth information on exactly what EPDM is, and why it is becoming so popular when it comes to Roofing.
Its simple, EPDM is a Rubber. EPDM stands for Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer. EPDM is a type of synthetic rubber that has an elastomer which is characterized by a wide range of applications.
E Ethylene P Propylene D Diene M refers to its classification in ASTM standard D-1418.
EPDM is a "M" class rubber. M Class includes rubbers having a saturated chain of the polymethylene type.
Dienes, which are currently used in the manufacturing of EPDM Rubber are dicyclopentadiene, ethylidene norbornene (ENB), and vinyl norbornene (VNB).
Why Firestone EPDM is the best for Flat Roofs
The Ethylene content of most EPDM membranes on the marker is around 45% to 75%. The higher the ethylene within the Rubber Membrane, the higher the loading possibilities of the polymer. The dienes, normally ranging from 2.5% up to 12% by weight of the composition, serve as crosslinks when curing with sulphur and resin.
Ok, so a little too in depth? Let us make it simple for you.
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Firestone EPDM is now being used as a covering to waterproof Flat Roofs all over the world. It has a huge benefit that it does not pollute the run-off rainwater, which vital if the house owner wishes to use this water for personal sanitation/hygiene. It is highly durable, and does not weather. As you may already know, Firestone EPDM has been proven to last over 50 years.
The key points of EPDM are its incredible heat, ozone and weather resistance. The resistance to polar substances and steam are also good. It has excellent electrical insulating properties also.
EPDM is used all over the world!
EPDM Rubber is not only used for Flat Roofing. It is used in seals, glass-run channel, radiators, garden and appliance hose, tubing, washers, belts, electrical insulation, vibrators, and speaker cone surrounds. Being Waterproof, it has also been used as a medium for water resistance in electrical cable-jointing, geomembranes, rubber mechanical goods, plastic impact modification, thermoplastic, vulcanizates, and many other applications.
So, What is EPDM and why is EPDM sweeping the UK Flat Roofing market? Its the prime choice for repairing or installing Flat Roofs. EPDM is far more superior to dated Felt and other membranes on the market, quick and easy to install wether your an experienced Roofer or DIYer. Click here for more information and our prices on Firestone EPDM
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