Leaky old Flat Roof, new waterproofing solution

Noticed that damp patch on the ceiling, but keep putting it off as you dont want to think about the costs of repairing the roof? You shouldnt need to panic, it might not be so bad after all.

EPDM rubber roofing over the last 10 years has really hit the market and has become a popular choice when covering a flat roof, there is a reason for this! There are many benefits to Rubber Roofing; It’s cost effective over long periods. Although it’s not the cheapest material to purchase, it seems to outlast all other materials which is why its become the number one choice for many property owners.

If you have never heard of EPDM or Rubber Roofing then I will give a quick rundown. EPDM Roofing is a Single Ply membrane that is used to cover the area of a flat roof to ensure it’s watertight. It does the same job as your typical felt system or GRP for example. Because the EPDM comes supplied in huge sheets, you can usually get the whole roof in a single piece of EPDM which means no joins or seams – So less likely to leak in the future.

Cost. Ok so although EPDM roofs can be a little more expensive to install compared to Felt, the longevity is usually alot better.The cost for professional installation will depend on a few things. Firstly depending where you are in the country, this will have an effect on cost – London for example may cost more than somehwere in Mnchester. The cost to install will also come down to the total square footage of the roof. The complexity of the roof itself will also factor in. If you have a freestanding garage for exampe with no pipes, skylights or any other protrusions then this will be a lot easier to install compared to a roof that will need flashing or seams to be made.

Install costs could be anywhere from £50 to £150 per square meter. But EPDM is relatively easy to install if you are in the trade. There are loads of videos online and also training centers across the UK if you want to have a go yourself!

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