EPDM Roofing Vs Felt Roofing: What’s the difference?

You may have done your homework, and already know exactly which flat roofing system is right for you.

Alternatively, you may just be curious to learn more about each roofing solution.

Either way, the purpose of this blog post is to clearly define the two and guide you into making the right decision.

Why has EPDM roofing become so popular?

EPDM roofing burst onto the scene 30 years ago and has been dominating the flat roofing market over the last 5 years. It’s quick and easy installation coupled with a sleek and durable finish is the reason why thousands of homeowners are choosing this style of roofing time and time again.

EPDM comes in a variety of different shapes, sizes and thicknesses and some of the most notable are Classicbond, Firestone and Duoply.


If you are considering a new felt roof replacement, you better think again…

EPDM roofing has finally overtaken felt, and rightly so. Traditional flat roofing systems such as felt are proven to last up to 10-12 years and begin to crack and blister with different weather.

Felt roofs are susceptible to hot and cold weather and often have an overlay of gravel to protect them from UV damage. Unfortunately, this layer of gravel does get stuck in the gutters from time to time, and makes for a frustrating job for the homeowner.

In contrast, EPDM has a lifespan of up to 50 years and and comes with a 20 year guarantee with every product range.

Cost Effective

For those of you who are worried about the initial outlay of hard earned cash, don’t worry you’re not alone.

In the long run, it works out significantly cheaper to go with an EPDM roof installation. With expert installation and sensible maintenance, there is no reason why an EPDM roof wouldn’t last you a lifetime.

Which is why, EPDM roofing is widely regarded as the worlds leading flat roofing option with over one billion square metres installed over the last 30 years.

Environmentally Friendly

The installation of felt can prove a dangerous and toxic job. The unpleasant smell combined with piping hot and sticky bitumen is always going to detrimental to the environment, as well as being potentially harmful to the homeowner.

EPDM roofing is regarded as the best flat roofing option due to its increased longevity and reusability. Both Greenpeace and and ACTAC have supported EPDM membranes due to its low environmental impact. These findings can be found in the “Green Buildings Digest, Issue 14“.

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