Cost of Rubber roofing
Guide and prices for rubber or EPDM roofing installation
Rubber or EPDM roofing (Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer) it’s a type of single-ply rubber membrane around 50mm thick and is mostly used on flat roofs. You can buy this roofing material in rolls up to 50 feet wide and it is usually black but can have pigments or dyes added to make it lighter if you need to keep a building cooler. Rubber roofs are very lightweight and easy to install, while being very effective at keeping a roof watertight. Even better, they have a very long lifespan and don’t need much maintenance.
Average prices for installing rubber roofing on a flat roof
Things to consider with rubber roofing
Rubber roofs are not the most aesthetically pleasing choice it has t be said and for EPDM type roofing the manufacturers suggest professional installation only. In addition, though rubber roofs are durable, they can crack or shrink with changes in weather. Rubber roofs are glued on to the roof decking using roofing adhesive then attached using nails along any loose edges. Often they are coated with gravel to help weigh them down and to look better. Rubber is best suited for flat roofs as it is far more watertight then shingles or felt.
Rubber is a green choice too as the rubber itself takes less energy to produce than other roofing materials and is usually made from recycled materials. Plus the roof will be 100% recyclable at the end of its life. Rubber is also fire resistant, almost impossible to set on fire, even with lightning!
Doing it Yourself
Some flat roof replacement and repair jobs can be done on a DIY basis, plus there are a number of waterproofing and sealant patching materials which can make temporary repairs, giving you time to gather quotes and save up for more expensive professional repairs! But if damage to the roof is localised to just a small area, for example, just one a small-sized hole, then it might be possible to effect a longer-term repair, rather than replacing the roof.
However, it is usually not cost effective hiring a contractor to carry out flat roof repairs, as it will work out only slightly cheaper than getting a complete new roof. In addition, often making repairs to a flat roof is a waste of money and you can even make things worse if you don’t know what you are doing! You can buy rubber roofing kits specifically designed for DIY installation, but avoid these unless you are 100% sure they will be suitable for your roof and more extensive repairs are not necessary.
Rubber roofing key bullet points
- Rubber roofing is still new in the UK but soon to be very popular!
- Rubber roofs are long lasting and very durable
- Rubber roofing can easily be repaired if damaged
- No maintenance is required with rubber roofs
Hiring a Tradesman Checklist
- Always get at least 2 quotes before hiring.
- Never pay the full amount upfront.
- Get the quote in writing.
- For any payment you make, always get a receipt.
- On more expensive jobs, ask for references.
- Check if the tradesman is a member of any trades associations.
- Make sure the tradesman has public liability insurance.
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