Benefits of Using EPDM Rubber Roofs versus Regular Roofing Felt on Sheds & Summerhouses
Whether you are installing a shed or a summerhouse this year, it is a good idea to consider the materials that will be used for the roof carefully. The roof will help the structure stay secure and in good condition for many years. So, if you are wondering if the materials used make a difference, the short answer is that they do.
Typically, summerhouses and sheds are covered with roofs applied using roofing felt. There is a better material available and that material is called EPDM rubber roofing.
EPDM is a durable synthetic rubber material. Its full name is ethylene propylene diene terpolymer. In plain English, this simply means it is made up of recycled materials such as tyres, oil or natural gas.
It is often used in low-sloping roofs and commercial buildings mostly because of its low cost. It works well for carports and outdoor buildings like sheds or summerhouses because it is highly resistant to UV rays. These roofs are usually black which conducts heat, but they can be treated with a white coating to reduce energy costs if the roof is to be installed on something like a summer home where people will be using it for significant periods.
EPDM will work with any roof where there are solar cells installed and the roof material itself is incredibly lightweight, so it works no matter what style of roof you choose for your shed or summerhouse. It can be installed on sloped or flat roofing alike.
Felt Roofing versus EPDM
Felt roofing has its advantages. It is easy to repair and it is relatively inexpensive. However, compared to EPDM it does not last. Most felt products will need to be replaced in 10 years. That is something that would subject you to significant costs of ownership when it comes to your summerhouse or your shed. EPDM lasts for up to 25 years or more, and some manufacturers will warrant the product for 50 years.
Felt roofing is also flammable, unlike EPDM. This is another consideration to make when choosing which roofing product to get. Felt installation is more involved than rubber and requires more maintenance.
Felt is not as waterproof as EPDM and it is certainly not as eco-friendly. While the latter is made of recycled materials, once it has been used it can be recycled again.
Speak to your local roofer like SDK Roofers Leeds to find out more about getting this type of roof installed on your summerhouse. The price is well worth it for the advantages and benefits it offers. It resists rain, dampness and cold weather and lasts for up to 50 years. Another benefit is that you can do the installation yourself or you can choose a professional to do it for you.
Based on this information alone, it should be clear what the benefits are to your outdoor building. If you want to get the most use out of it with the least bit of maintenance, choose the EFDM products available from your local roofing experts.
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