When you think of a "green roof" your first thought might be a flourishing sedum system, cutting edge insulation, or even high tech solar panels.
Although we recommend any of these eco-friendly options for the environmentally conscious roofer, there's one simple yet stunningly effective material that shouldn't be overlooked: EPDM Rubber Roofing.
As you're probably aware, EPDM - or Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer, to give it its full name - is a rubber roofing material with a range of surface-level benefits.
It's inexpensive, easy to install, reliable and lightweight... But if it feels like you've heard all this before, it's time to look a little deeper.
From EPDM membranes to pipe flashing and a whole host of other accessories; allow us to reintroduce you to THE eco-friendly roof system that everyone should consider before their next roofing project rolls around.
#1. It's Completely Recyclable
EPDM has a 100% recyclable rubber composition, therefore opting to use EPDM in your next project will help to reduce landfill and work to diminish the roofing industry's overall environmental impact.
It has become commonplace for tyre manufacturers to produce rubber roofing products as the tyres can be recycled, turned into crumb rubber and reconstituted to create EPDM membranes and accessories. Buying EPDM, therefore, could help to sustain and grow the market for eco-friendly roofing materials that require fewer resources to make and less energy to produce.
What's more, Greenpeace and Green Building Digest have named EPDM roofing products such as the Firestone EPDM Rubbercover Membrane a top-ranking "low impact membrane" due to its reduced environmental impact.
At Roof Giant, we also offer a range of products to help you complete your latest EPDM roofing project to a high standard, including Firestone EPDM Contact Bonding Adhesive Green, Firestone 9" Roller Frames, Firestone 9" Roller Sleeves and Firestone Modular Water Based Bonding Adhesive.
#2. It's Built To Last
EPDM has a long lifespan compared to similar or alternative roofing materials. The weatherproof synthetic rubber won't corrode, deteriorate or degenerate, and can last for more than 50 years in some cases, reducing the likelihood of replacement over the course of your lifetime.
In addition, EPDM offers protection against ozone, UV radiation and also repels moss, algae and other organic matter, eliminating the need for regular maintenance.
#3. Environmentally Safer Rainwater
Rainwater is susceptible to becoming contaminated by external pollutants. But when rain pools and runs off the non-toxic EPDM surface and onto the ground, the water will remain natural, harmless and unchanged.
This makes EPDM a great option for the environment, wildlife and even for the purposes of rainwater collection, which will help you live a more sustainable life while saving you money on your water bills.
If you're looking for even more environmentally friendly roofing materials, we suggest that you opt for lead flashing alternatives - they're completely free from lead, non-toxic, eco-friendly and also undesirable to thieves. You can also purchase corresponding Rapid Flash EPDM Pipe Flashing For Metal & Tile Roofs to finish off your DEKS Fast Flash Lead Replacement roofing job.
#4. Integrates With Existing Green Roof Systems
If you have a green, sedum or living roof, EPDM will provide the perfect growing platform for wildflowers and other vegetation. Choosing a Green Roof Package creates a verdant habitat for wildlife, reduces your carbon footprint in urban areas whilst also helping to insulate your home in the winter. At Roof Giant you'll find everything you need to make your green roof complete, including Sky Garden Sedum & Wildflower Green Roof Substrate, Sedum Wildflower Instant Green Roof Modules, Sky Garden Pre Grown Sedum Blankets and more.
EPDM can also be used as a base for installing solar panels to create an even more eco-friendly roof.
#5. Energy-Saving Insulation
Due to the density of synthetic rubber, EPDM could also help to prevent the heat from your home escaping through your roof.
Around a quarter of the heat in your home is lost through your roof, so making sure it's insulated from the outside-in is important, particularly when you happen to have a flat roof. If you're looking to save money and reduce your domestic energy consumption, an EPDM rubber membrane is a proven choice for any eco-conscious roofer or homeowner.