The company says the growth down to a shift away from using traditional hot-applied flat roofing systems. ClassicBond is a professional-grade EPDM membrane that is available in 1.2mm and 1.5mm thicknesses, and is used for new single-ply roof construction and re-roofing applications.
National sales manager Danny Cole says: “As a business, we have long recognised the benefits of EPDM for flat roofing application, and the growth in sales of ClassicBond through the merchants we supply shows that momentum is on the up for using cold-applied systems.
“For a long time, torch-on roofing systems were seen as the default for use on many new-builds and renovation projects with flat roofs, but the tide is turning for two key reasons.
“The first is that EPDM has often been regarded as the new kid on the block, but it really has come of age in terms of the performance of the system. We’re seeing more and more examples of projects where EPDM was installed between 20 and 30 years ago, and is still as good today as it was on day one.
“The other thing is that torch-applied systems are becoming more problematic on site for contractors, especially in areas where the public are in close proximity – such as schools, shopping centres and offices – and health and safety considerations are huge factors.”
Cole praised the role merchants have played in this move towards cold-applied systems.
“It’s understandable that merchants want to keep their customers happy by supplying what they ask for – and for years it’s been traditional torch-on. But merchants and staff in branches have been very receptive to the benefits of EPDM, and this has been a key part in the growth of products such as ClassicBond.”
ClassicBond is designed easy to install and doesn’t require any special tools or installation equipment. This makes it particularly suitable for use on refurbishments and new-build projects, because it is a maintenance-free waterproof membrane that doesn’t crack, split or rot.
ClassicBond comes in single sheets, which means no joints and therefore no leaks. It is UV stable, does not support moss or algae growth, and is safe to install – the system is laid with cold-applied adhesives.