Is Rubber Roofing Better Than Felt?

For many years, bitumen felt was one of the most popular types of flat roof available, but in recent years, other types of material such as EPDM rubber roofing have brought something different to the market. These advanced roofing systems have changed the look and function of flat roofing in the UK industry. But is rubber roofing worth it and is it better than felt?

We look at felt roofing vs rubber roofing. Find out more about the benefits of EPDM rubber roofing. Durable, waterproof flat roofs. Modern bitumen felt roofing. Cost-effective options. Find out more from our experts.What Is Rubber Roofing?

Rubber roofing is often referred to as EPDM, which stands for Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer. Essentially, it’s a synthetic rubber material that’s used across multiple industries in many different applications thanks to how easily it conforms to what you need it to do. This includes creating an impermeable seal, as well as forming an insulating membrane across surfaces. That’s why it’s so popular for roofs.

Is Felt Still Used for Roofing?

Yes! Older flat roofs often tend to suffer if the felt was installed many years ago, often facing tears and rips which could leave properties vulnerable to issues such as damp and leaks. The modern bitumen chosen for felt roofs these days may include small metal fibres which increase its strength and weatherproofing abilities.

The improvements made to the way felt roofing is manufactured and installed has led to fewer problems. While most types of felt roof will only offer guarantees of up to 10 years, it may be up to 20 before you need to consider a replacement.

Which Type of Roofing Is Better?

Felt is still one of the most cost-effective flat roofing solutions available, but while there’s no doubt it has come a long way since the 90s, you should always explore the different options available to you when installing or upgrading a roof. Many homeowners would prefer to invest in roofing materials that last for as long as possible, budget allowing.

Rubber roofing like EPDM is considered a far superior product than traditional felt thanks to the wide range of benefits on offer. It’s one of the highest quality materials for flat roofs and is incredibly easy to install. The result is a robust, waterproof and durable roof that won’t tear, rot or blister. It will often come with a guarantee of 20 years but will last for up to 50, so you may only need to install it once in your lifetime.

On the flip side, EPDM is often a more premium choice (although still cheaper than GRP fibreglass). If felt is going to fit your budget better, as long as you choose an experienced roofing company, they should be able to help you select a quality bitumen roof.

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At Collier Roofing, we offer a wide range of roofing solutions to our customers in Surrey, London and surrounding areas. This includes high-quality felt and rubber roofs in Godstone, Lingfield and Whyteleafe. If you would more information or advice about our services, contact us today.