Are EPDM Roofs Any Good? The Pro’s & Con’s Explained

In this article we answer the question we get asked all the time which is are EPDM roofs any good? Just incase you didn’t know, EPDM Roofs are a type of flat roofing membrane that is mostly used in low-slope buildings. It is fast growing in popularity amongst homeowners who need a simple flat roofing solution. However, there are several factors one needs to consider prior to installing them. To fully realise the benefits of EPDM roofs, it’s important that they are installed the right way.

How are EPDM Roofs Installed?

According to ERA, EPDM can be installed either fully adhered, mechanically attached or ballasted. Should you get a professional roofer such as LD Roofing to install your EPDM roof, we would make sure that they are handled in a correct manner. Below is a brief list of steps involved to install EPDM roofs:

  1. The roofers begin by laying out the membrane layer (leaving room for excess allowance depending on the surface).
  2. It would then be folded back in preparation for the adhesive.
  3. An appropriate adhesive would be applied to the bottom layer of the membrane
  4. Smoothen the edges of the membrane using rollers or push brooms
  5. Seal the seams using special equipment and chaulk.
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Setting up EPDM Roofs. Image Credit – ERA

What are the benefits of EPDM Roofing?

  • Long life expectancy: Given that EPDM Roofs make use of extremely durable synthetic rubber roofing membrane, it brings along many advantages. One of the biggest advantage is its long life expectancy which typically averages approximately 30-50 years. Rubber roofing is a strong material and therefore would help protect buildings from extreme weather conditions.
  • Easy cleaning and maintenance: Unlike felt flat roofs, synthetic rubber can help you maintain a clear roof as it doesn’t leave room for moss growth. They can be easily cleaned even if there’s any dirt. One of the consequences of it is that it reduces the need for spending much cleaning your roof.
  • Environmentally friendly: Homeowners who are conscious about looking for a sustainable solution, EPDM Roofing is a great choice. They comparatively more environmentally friendly as it’s made up of recycled materials.

Drawbacks of using EPDM Roofs

  • More costly: Rubber roofing membranes may be comparatively more costly than other flat roofing systems. The initial setup cost may therefore be higher and may deter some homeowners who are looking for more budget friendly options. At LD Roofing, we offer financing options to our customers should they require help to cover the costs. Simply get in touch with our sales staff and we will get back to you with the available options.
  • More room for damages: Extra measures would have to be taken when installing EPDM roofs to ensure they don’t get damaged. Given that it’s a thin membrane, these tend to become more susceptible to punctures caused due to foot traffic on sharp objects. Our roofers at LD Roofing generally recommend the use of more thick membranes to avoid this problem.
  • Require extra careful installation: For surfaces that are not completely flat, it may require rubber to be cut carefully to ensure there are no gaps for water to permeate through the membrane. One possible way to overcome this would be to use flashing tape and obtain accurate measurements for placing the EPDM. It’s important that you consult a professional roofing company such as LD Roofing who has a team of experts specialising in providing flat roofing services for over 20+ years.
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EPDM Rubber Flat Roof


Having explored the various pros and cons of EPDM Roofing, it’s obvious why rubber roofing is a popular membrane for flat roofing. It’s a strong, and highly resistant material that can prove to be a more cost effective option over time. However, that doesn’t mean it’s the best choice for your roof…

Want to explore the options? Get in touch with LD Roofing Services to book a day and time for us to consult you on whether EPDM or felt would be a better fit for you.



LD Roofing Services Ltd is a highly rated and roofing company in Northampton with over 25 years experience offering all types of roofing services across Northamptonshire and NN postcodes.