Continued Professional Development for staff is a major part of our growth here at Cameron Butcher, and recently Dean Shannon completed his approved installer course for the installation of Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer roofs or EPDM for short.
Dean is one of those guys that can turn his hand to any of the trades and loves to expand his knowledge in all areas of the construction industry, he’s a true asset to the company and has a real thirst for information so anything we can do to help we do.
Working at the new build project over at Catshill Baptist Church on the outskirts of Birmingham, West Midlands, Dean has been an integral part of the team and given the opportunity to install the roofing system on a couple of flat roof’s he jumped at the chance to increase his knowledge with EPDM membranes. Already an experienced Roofing Contractor working with both slate and tiled roofing systems, he’s also completed many flat roofs using the traditional felting methods so becoming an approved EPDM installer was a no-brainer for him.
Evidence for synthetic rubber EPDM roofs stems back to the 1960’s in the United States when Carlisle Syntec first used them, some of those roofs are Still protecting buildings today, and with over 14 billion square feet of material installed worldwide, there’s a lot of evidence to back up its use.
Characteristics that contribute to EPDM’s overall system performance include:
- Cyclical membrane fatigue resistance
- Proven hail resistance High resistance to ozone, weathering and abrasion
- Flexibility in low temperatures
- Thermal shock durability
- Ultraviolet radiation resistance
- Easy to repair it can also be installed over existing roof coverings reducing both labour and landfill costs.
Exceeding the life expectancy of traditional Felt Systems, EPDM membranes have a life expectancy in excess of 50 years making them cost effective and great for the environment.
Dark slate grey in colour the roofing material has a natural look and doesn’t easily show dirt. Along with the many advantages of EPDM roof coverings, it does do not support the growth of moss unlike traditional felt systems; this can be a real advantage if a multi-storey building looks over flat roofs which could otherwise become quite unsightly.
EPDM Rubber “breathes” allowing vapours to escape which prevents blistering as well as being highly resistant to Ultraviolet and Infrared light
EPDM rubber roof membrane, unlike traditional roofing materials, does not suffer from cracking and does not require ballast or chippings which have an annoying habit of blocking gutters and downpipes. The nature of the material means it still looks great after many years of being installed.
Having completed his course, Dean is a real enthusiast for the products, and we look forward to seeing him put his new knowledge to the test.
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