For over 50 years, and even up until the early 2000s, hot bitumen felt systems dominated the world of flat roofs. Whether in Coventry, Loughborough or anywhere else in the UK, you could find bitumen felt flat roofing on garages, bay windows, porches and various outbuildings, especially those built during the 1960s.
However, this form of flat roofing is prone to fast failure. Fortunately, in the decades since, rubber roofing has taken huge strides forward. Today, we can safely say that EPDM roofs have innovated the industry.
Of most importance, they deliver outstanding results – both aesthetically and in performance – for you and other property owners throughout the Midlands.
But what has made rubber roofing so popular? We have listed below a selection of the many benefits you receive from these flat roofs.
Life Expectancy – Whereas bitumen felt applications in Coventry, Loughborough and the neighbouring areas last between 5 and 10 years, well-cared-for EPDM roofs maintain optimal performance for as long as 50 years.
Easy Installation – Bitumen systems have a difficult and time-consuming installation. Rubber roofing has a much simpler process and takes far less time. Our flat roofing specialists can complete an average rear extension roof in half a day
Safe Installation – We lay EPDM roofs using a cold-application process. This involves a powerful adhesive that bonds the material to the roofing deck. In comparison, bitumen flat roofs use a dangerous hot-application approach complete with a naked flame.
Durability – Rubber roofing is incredibly hardwearing. Not only is it difficult to pierce, it’s also resistant to weathering and UV rays. With the ability to stretch up to 200% of its natural size, it handles temperature fluctuations with ease. Bitumen systems have little-to-no flexibility and suffer from cracks, splits and tears easily.
Cost-Effective – Yes, rubber flat roofing is more expensive than bitumen felt. However, you truly get what you pay for. While the initial outlay is greater, you receive triple the life expectancy. If you’ve found your forever home in Coventry, or you want to protect your Loughborough business premises for the long-term, EPDM roofs mean you avoid any thought about replacement costs for decades.
Aesthetics – Our EPDM flat roofs deliver a modern, seamless finish that is very pleasing on the eye. What’s more, age does not affect the appearance of rubber roofing. Bitumen felt, however, looks outdated even when new, and its appearance deteriorates rapidly with each passing year.
Be it the ability to handle foot traffic, the low maintenance or the ease of repair in the event of unforeseen circumstances, the list of rubber roofing benefits goes on.
To discuss options for your own EPDM flat roofing installation in and around Coventry, Loughborough and Leicester, please contact us to schedule an initial consultation.
Call us on 0800 865 4278 or 07525 536 754 to talk over your rubber roofing requirements. We cover all locations in Coventry, Loughborough and the Midlands.