Flat Roofing Systems & EPDM Roofing

Flat Roofing Systems & EPDM Roofing


Flat roofing in the UK has been around for a long time. Traditionally it has been carried out using bituminous felt, but because of the constant need for re roofing the market is changing very quickly. The demand for longer term flat roofing is on the increase, and thats where Firestone EPDM plays a major part.

The most common area for leaks in a flat roof system is usually due to joints in the felt. Firestone EPDM is supplied and fitted in literally 1 piece as it is available in large panel sizes.

In the past flat roofing was very popular in construction as it was a cheaper alternative to a pitch roof. Particularly in the 60s and 70s where there were millions of square meters carried out. It is this market where Firestone EPDM really comes into its own. More and more of these flat roofs are being replaced with the far superior system of EPDM. Already over 1 billion square meters have been installed across the globe.

Because of the fantastic longevity of the product, flat roofing is now becoming popular again. In fact if you live in a city, take a look around at the new buildings that are being constructed. They all have single ply membranes such as FIRESTONE EPDM.

Every day our office receives enquiries across the UK, wanting to know more about this product and is building momentum very quickly. Firestone EPDM is very popular across Europe and the USA, and although this has been in the UK for some time, UK residents are quickly catching on that this is the future for flat roofing.

Permaroof UK Ltd is proud to be the UK stockist and a major contributor to its popularity. Contact us now for more information if required.


If you have been searching the internet for the perfect flat roof solution, you will have no doubt come across EPDM roofing. At this stage you are probably asking yourself what it actually is. EPDM stands for Ethylene- Propylene-dyne-monomer, which is basically a synthetic rubber membrane, made specifically for flat roofing. The characteristics of natural rubber (very good elasticity, expansion, good cold flexibility, tensile strength, poor heat resistance) cannot be adapted or manipulated, however with a synthetic product, scientists can select and adapt and modify the base products to determine the molecule structure, and this enables them to design the construction of the polymers. The end result means that the synthetic rubber can be made to measure, and with the characteristics precisely adapted to the specific use and its particular requirements.

These improved characteristics of EPDM synthetic rubber products include excellent stability against influences of weather, sunlight, ozone, acids and caustic solutions. Firestone EPDM roofing also has long lasting flexibility and elasticity to eliminate cracking and possess good tensile strength and a very broad temperature range. Firestone EPDM roofing has an outstanding resistance to ageing.

EPDM roofing has been successfully used across the globe, both residentially and commercially. It is fast becoming the most popular choice for flat roof solutions in the UK. Permaroof UK Ltd has a vision to promote this incredible product through its national network of trained contractors. It is still very much in its infancy, but by the measure of growth we are experiencing as a company, we are very confident that Firestone EPDM roofing will continue to be the market leader.

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