The benefits of EPDM rubber roofing

Ethylene propylene diene monomer rubber (better known as EPDM rubber) is a hugely useful type of synthetically-produced rubber. Being highly elastic, while also resistant to weather, fire, electricity, heat, and ozone, it has an extensive range of applications. EPDM rubber is used in everything from non-slip surfaces in playgrounds and loading docks, through vehicle window seals and bungee cords, all the way to sealing roofs.

Indeed, EPDM rubber roofing is one of the most popular roofing solutions in the UK. All the qualities listed above make it a great choice for capping and waterproofing your flat roof, but that’s not all. In the article, we’re going to discuss five more reasons to install an EPDM roof.


Whatever material you use for your domestic or commercial roof, you want something that is designed to last. EPDM rubber roofing certainly falls into that category, being a thick, durable, and long-lasting material. It’s applied directly to your roof deck, using a specially-formulated adhesive. This forms a tight bond that makes nicks and tears from everyday use highly unlikely. EPDM rubber is resistant to changes in temperature, so will not go brittle in cold weather, or malleable in the heat. In all, you can expect a properly-fitted EPDM rubber roof to last decades with no drop in performance, given the right care. More on that later…


Compared to other roofing solutions, EPDM rubber roofing is usually the more cost-effective choice, both for installation and maintenance or repairs. The material itself is less costly than the amount of fibreglass resin or roofing slates and tiles required to cover the same area. Easy to apply, requiring little in the way of specialist tools, EPDM rubber can be fitted quickly by an experienced roofer. This reduces the cost of labour and limits the impact on your business if the roof is for a commercial property. 

Low maintenance

We’ve already discussed how tough EPDM rubber is and that toughness translates to an almost-zero maintenance regime. We recommend checking your roof once a year, just to be on the safe side – just as you would with any other part of your property. If you do encounter any damage (perhaps from a storm or impact by a falling object) EPDM roofs are simple to repair. You can literally cut out the affected area and apply a new piece of rubber directly in its place for a perfect seal.


As a thick, synthetic rubber, EPDM is already an effective insulating material for limiting heat loss through the roof. It is available in different thicknesses, from 45 to 90mm, with thicker sheeting resulting in greater heat insulation. You can go a step further and pair the rubber sheeting with an insulating foam layer installed between it and your roof deck. All these steps reduce the amount of thermal energy dissipated through your roof, making your property more energy efficient and keeping your heating costs down.

Fire resistance

EPDM rubber is an excellent material to have in the event of a fire. Indeed, electrical engineers and contractors use EPDM rubber extensively in their cabling to protect against electrical and fire damage. It’s a naturally fire-resistant material and can actually slow down the fire’s progress, buying time for the fire department to turn up.

Benefits of EPDM Rubber Roofing: Final Thoughts

If you’re in the South Warwickshire area and are looking for an EPDM rubber roofing expert, look no further than ABC Roofing Company. We have decades of experience in fitting EPDM to flat roofs across the county and a reputation for excellence few others can match. Call the team today on 01926 827 505 or send an email to to arrange a free, on-site consultation.



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