Home Contractor's Corner Elevate’s new self-adhered EPDM roofing membrane offers benefits for commercial and industrial projects

Elevate’s new self-adhered EPDM roofing membrane offers benefits for commercial and industrial projects

Philip Moors, Managing Director of Elevate UK and Ireland, says the simplicity and speed at which the new RubberGard EPDM SA system can be installed “will save roofing contractors significant time and money.”

Elevate, (formerly known as Firestone Building Products) has launched a self-adhered EPDM roofing membrane for commercial and industrial projects. 

RubberGard EPDM SA features a factory-applied adhesive which spans the membrane’s entire surface. With no need for bonding adhesives or drying time on site, it can be installed more than four times faster than a standard EPDM system and requires less labour. 

Manufactured using Elevate’s Secure Bond technology, RubberGard EPDM SA provides a strong and uniform adhesion from edge to edge, ensuring a robust roofing system. It can be installed in temperatures as low as -7 °C and requires little or no maintenance minimising its lifecycle cost. If needed, it can be easily repaired using Elevate’s range of QuickSeam products.

Unlike standard bonding adhesives, the Secure Bond technology means RubberGard EPDM SA contains no solvents and is odourless. The absence of bonding adhesive also removes the need to dispose of empty cans minimising waste and costs. The only waste product generated by RubberGard EPDM SA is the polyethylene release film, which is recyclable.

Philip Moors, Managing Director of Elevate UK and Ireland, said: “Ongoing economic uncertainty, rising costs and skills shortages are presenting many challenges across the construction industry. RubberGard EPDM SA has been developed to address these head on. The simplicity of the system combined with the speed at which it can be installed will save roofing contractors significant time and money. 

“Aimed at the commercial and industrial market, RubberGard EPDM SA is ideal for time-critical flat and low-slope roof refurbishments such as those on occupied sites.”

Based on Elevate’s highly durable RubberGard EPDM roofing membrane, the self-adhered version has a life expectancy of more than 50 years. Highly flexible, it can accommodate expansion and contraction, and is resistant to UV exposure, ozone and extreme weather conditions. 

A chemically inert material, EPDM has a low environmental impact. As it does not contain any plasticisers or antioxidants, which can migrate and cause premature aging, the membrane will not split or crack.

RubberGard EPDM SA can be supplied with Resista MG PIR insulation, vapour control layers and cover boards to provide a complete roofing system.

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