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About The Rubber Roofing Centre

Our engineers have been surveying and specifying waterproofing solutions in London and surrounding areas since 1985, our experienced craftsmen have been expertly trained in the use of RUBBER / EPDM and are proud to be waterproofing flat roof extensions, garage roofs, shed roofs and gutter linings in the city of London and throughout the United Kingdom.

At the Rubber Roofing Centre our dedicated surveyors and master craftsmen have spent the best part of their lives learning all there is to know about the RUBBER / EPDM system and its amazing properties in all aspects of waterproofing.

Over the years we have built up a team of professionals who share a passion for providing only the very highest standard and quality of Rubber works to our clients. Our surveyors provide council to many commercial, council and residential estate clients and have worked on and are still undertaking ongoing works for both new build projects and historic landmarks.

RUBBER / EPDM was first discovered in 1917 in Pennsylvania, in the 1900s RUBBER / EPDM rubber was used for bicycle and car tyre inner tubes, its break through into the roofing industry was when RUBBER / EPDM was developed for roofs by Karl Ziegler who later gained a Nobel Prize for his discovery of the material.

As times have moved forward, so have we. Embracing the rapidly changing world of technology and utilising state-of-the-art equipment to ensure the final product is exactly how it should be deliverer is a priority to us. Using modern technology like thermal imaging and moisture mapping ensure our leak detection team always provide our clients with detailed imagery and condition report information they need to make an informed decision during every project surveyed.

As a result of all the time, effort and sheer determination of our team, seeking out new technologies, learning and developing in an ever-changing industry, has given the Rubber Roofing Centre a leading reputation in London for providing the very best in client services, always endeavouring to provide cost-effective solutions without compromising on the quality and outstanding craftsmanship.

Superior Quality Flat Roofing

Our Resitrix® Rubber Roofing is the number one product for a rubber roof. It has a certified service life of more than 50 years, even for seam joints (SKZ-study). This means when you go with us you will be guaranteed the highest quality material for your rubber roof.

Skilled Craftsmen

All our staff work only for the Rubber Roofing Centre. This means you will get a fully trained and insured operative who will get your rubber roof installed correctly. We pride ourselves on the superior quality of both our materials and the craftsmanship of our staff.

Fully Guaranteed Service

All of the Rubber Roofing we install comes with full insurance backed gurantees. This means that no matter what happens to us your guarantee will stand. Given you the peace of mind in the unlikely circumstance something goes wrong with your roof.

RUBBER ROOFING SERVICES WE PROVIDE

  • Domestic Rubber Flat Roofing
  • Commercial Rubber Flat Roofing
  • Rubber Garage Roofing
  • Rubber Extension Roofing

Why Choose a Rubber Roof?

Rubber roofing systems have been around for many years simply put they are thermoplastics and synthetic rubber with numerous strengths, durability and life expectancy variations depending on the manufacturers specification of installation.

Rubber roofing membranes are often referred to in the industry as EPDM or Single Ply membrane roofing systems too, to complicate matters. They can be specified as J42 NBS Roofing Specification it is often automatically referred to by most as Sarnafil Single Ply roof membrane this due to the fact they were one of the first manufacturers to lead the product to market and brought their brand name Sarna to the forefront ( in a similar way in which we refer to Hoover as a vacuum cleaner today as they were the first brand name in the vacuum cleaning market).

Rubber Roofing Information

In understanding that Rubber roofing has many different variations in the most part we can say that its possibly one of the main low-cost roofing materials around and which have a life expectancy in excess of 50 years.. It’s moreover noticeably on hand to install than others and even comes in kit form. So, you could do it your self reducing costs however, the devil is in the details so you might want to hire a qualified installer rather than lower your bill to get it done properly.

Rubber EPDM or Single Ply roofing is light-weight, so the roof deck doesn’t always need reinforcement (dependant on your requirements of course). Simply put to install this by prepping the roof and then roll out the rubber roofing membrane, seal the few joining seams apply edge trims and the Rubber roof for a watertight layer for many many years to come.

Installers have varying ways they specify to set up rubber membrane, making use of adhesive to connect it to the roof, fasteners that can be utilized to anchor it many ways even using stone chippings which may additionally help to improve its look.

This style of roofing is particularly durable, doesn’t scratch or scuff, additionally it can be effectively repaired if a leak does occur due to piercing of the membrane under foot. Liquid roofing membranes, latex tape or adhesives, and some forms of EPDM or Single Ply may also be mounted over the Rubber roofing to repair and patch leaks.

Rubber Roof Design Benefits

The material is mostly manufactured in black and does absorb heat, it isn’t damaged with the impact of UV rays, which allows it hold up correct in sunny climates and is for the more cosmetically conscious now comes is fashionable grey for the designers this type of roofing is its look.

EPDM or Single Ply Rubber basically resembles a stretched out inner tube once on the roof (if you can remember what that looks like of course) so if you are looking for a roofing material for a garage or shed, this might be now not an important issue, but it could honestly detract from shrink appeal while used on the important buildings of a house.

Rubber comes more typically in a black roll, which without problems absorbs heat and might bring about superheating of the shape underneath. The grey colours you may find are a useful resource to mirror warmness in warmer climates.

Safe to torch being the flame free “safety” word in roofing at the moment rubber roofing is applied with a hot air welding gun in opposition to a flaming torch gun for felt roofing meaning the concerns of potential fire risks during and after completion are almost zero a particular benefit in the climate changing weather conditions now and higher temperatures.

Single Layer membrane roofs are also fire resistant in the most part and even self-extinguishing. For any commercial enterprise, employer or workplace that is concerned about the fire safety in their employees, traffic or customers then single ply roofing is sure to offer you with each self-belief and security.

Resistant to potentially harmful chemical substances, it’s reassuring to recognise your rubber roofing membrane is known for protecting construction fabric builds to acid rain and potentially damaging acidic outflows.

Environmentally friendly opposed to most traditional business roofing materials, single ply membranes are environmentally pleasant in their production, durability and potential to be recycled. Thermoplastic Polyethylene (TPE) is alleged to be the maximum green variant that’s currently to be had in the market place.

Our Services

The Rubber Roofing Centre provides a range of flat roofing services. From commerical roofing projects to domestic garages we do it all. And we use the highest quality rubber roofing to ensure all projects we install stand the test of time.

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DOMESTIC FLAT ROOFING

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COMMERCIAL FLAT ROOFING

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GARAGE ROOFING

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EXTENSION ROOFING

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SHED ROOFING

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PORCH ROOFING

Everything you need to know about EPDM

What is EPDM?

EPDM or Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer is an extremely durable synthetic rubber roofing membrane which is used for flat roofs; it is a flat roofing material designed to be able to stand up to the worse conditions that a flat roof will face. It is due to its reliability and durability that EPDM has a long-lasting ability that has an estimated life expectancy of 50 years. The system consists of a single layer rubber membrane, used in conjunction with other components such as vapour barriers and thermal insulation.

The Structure of EPDM

The structure of EPDM means that the material has a permanent flexible design and it is also tear- resistant with a high tensile strength, this means that this type of flat roofing material can withstand all kinds of weather conditions, such as extreme weather conditions, and protection from UV rays and the acids found in rainwater.

On flat roofs rainwater can collect on the roof’s surface, causing puddles of water to pool, the water can then make its way beneath the surface of the roof and rot the substrate, causing leaks. However, EPDM does not allow this, the roofing material is installed in one piece with no overlapping, this means that the rainwater will not be able to get beneath the surface of the material. As EPDM is applied to a roof in a single sheet, it allows for a consistent thickness across the roof area and it allows for an even application. Compared to other materials EPDM will also repel any moisture and breathes allowing any vapour under the material to escape. The design of EPDM makes it highly resistant to UV and IR light, it also does not suffer with age from cracking or splitting, this is because of the excellent material properties of EPDM that come from its molecular mesh structure and make it extremely elasticity and resistance to ageing.

Due to the roofing materials life expectancy, it makes the material highly cost-effective and environmentally friendly. The material also can be recycled into items such as rubber mats, or it can be used as a fuel, which can help to reduce our dependency on fossil fuels.

Where Did EPDM Come From?

The brand who first discovered EPDM started in 1917 in Pennsylvania, in the 1900s EPDM rubber was used for bicycle and car tyre inner tubes, its break through into the roofing industry was when EPDM was developed for roofs by Karl Ziegler who later gained a Nobel Prize for his discovery of the material. In the USA, it became increasingly popular in the 1970s after the Middle East oil embargo caused the price of asphalt-based roofs to become increasingly expensive but also caused the quality of asphalt-based roofs to lower, causing people to turn to a cheaper alternative such as EPDM single-ply membrane.

EPDM has been used by many different industries for many different applications, these include items such as hydraulic brake systems, electrical insulation, eco-roofs and HVAC. It is used for these applications because of its brilliant ability to withstand so many different weather conditions and thermal and mechanical influences.

How Can EPDM Be Used?

EPDM is a synthetic material; this means it can be engineered to possess different qualities and therefore it can be tailored to different purposes. Compared to natural rubber, EPDM is a highly recommended alternative as natural rubber can degrade and crack under extreme conditions, whereas EPDM will not do this and even has an estimated life expectancy of 50 years.

The Main Benefits of using EPDM Roofing

One major benefit is that once EPDM membrane is installed it requires no or little maintenance due to the membranes characteristic durability and low cost means it is cost effective and most EPDM roofs are installed with a guarantee, be that from the installer or the company such as ours. The material is also fire-resistant meaning that no fire-retardant product needs to be added to the roof.

Another benefit of using EPDM is that no naked flame is required for the installation, the membrane is always fully adhered to the substrate using a cold applied adhesive, hot air is also used to seal the edges of the EPDM to the roof. EPDM membranes are also able to fix onto nearly every roof surface, make it a very popular option for roofing.

As mentioned previously EPDM is an environmentally friendly material, it has limited environmental impact during both manufacture and the installation process. As the rubber is a synthetic material, it prevents the growth of moss and algae, it also doesn’t show dirt easily, meaning you are guaranteed a clear roof.

Finally, another main benefit of using EPDM on roofs is that it is highly flexible and can elongate, due to the material staying flexible in low temperatures, installation can be done all year round, the membrane is also able to elongate over 300% to accommodate the buildings movements. The material is also known to be very durable and if a leak does occur it can be easily repaired, however, due to its naturals properties and that the material isn’t easily damaged by UV rays, the rubber is resistant to blistering and cracks. EPDM is also a very lightweight material, meaning that when it is applied the roof deck does not need any other reinforcement.

What Can EPDM Be Used For?

EPDM can be used for most types of roofs, these include flat roof extensions, garage roofs, shed roofs and gutter linings. As well as these types of roofs, EPDM can also be used for green roofs as an ideal waterproofing base as it is factory-fabricated, root-resistant and long-lasting. The rubber material can also be used when considering installing solar-panels, this is because of the materials long service life of 50 years meaning it has a longer service life then the solar panels.

Another use for EPDM is that it can be used for facades, terraces and balconies when waterproofing is required, this is because EPDM allows seamless transitions between roofs and walls when it is required, this gives architects the ability to change the normal boundaries of building designs, causing EPDM to be the ideal solution to use.