EPDM is a type of rubber roofing that creates a very strong waterproof barrier through its carbon-to-carbon chemical bonds. One of the appealing qualities of EPDM roofing is its ease of installation thanks to DIY rubber flat roof kits. There are also countless online videos and tutorials that guide beginners through the installation process, such as our video guides or our written walkthroughs.
It’s great to see so many people buying DIY rubber flat roof kits, however, the biggest problems result from poor installation so it is worth weighing up very carefully whether you are able to take on such a project on your own. In order to help, we have come up with 5 important factors to keep in mind if you’re considering buying a DIY rubber flat roof kit.
1. Do you have the right experience?
As with any amateur project, you will need a certain level of knowledge and technical skill in order to use a DIY rubber flat roof kit successfully and ensure your roof will meet its long lifespan. This knowledge does not have to be professional and you can learn a lot from handy online videos and tutorials. The more research you do and the more you become familiar with the materials and processes, the more successful your project is likely to be.
Not everyone will have the experience to make them feel confident handling these materials – even after watching tutorials. In this case, buying a DIY kit will not save you money in the long run, as repair and maintenance costs could soon build up. Finding a friendly and fair professional could be one of the best investment decisions you make.
2. Do you take safety awareness seriously?
Never undertake a DIY project without being aware of health and safety issues. Remember to wear suitable clothing and read the packaging on all chemical products involved, as some might be solvent-based and require adequate ventilation. For further health and safety advice, you could have a look at our guest post on the Work Safety Blog.
3. Do you know someone who can help?
As with all roofing work, it is best not to undertake a project alone. Working on roofs can be very dangerous, particularly in certain weather conditions and you should ask someone to help you with your DIY project. Although flat roofs look a lot easier to work on, they come with their own hazards and it’s best to seek help from a friend or family member.
4. Have you done your research?
If you want to buy a DIY rubber flat roof kit, make sure you research the materials and the brands contained in the kit. Also, calculate how much of the EPDM material you will need to cover your roof. You can often find reviews of the products online and it’s worth considering that some kits are more suited to particular roofs than others. Check your roof to see if it has any obtrusive building structures that you will need to work around. Most rubber roof membranes need to be applied onto a special timber board (this must be in good condition so as not to damage the EPDM membrane). We provide a great EPDM calculator if you would like a basic idea of the materials required for your project.
5. Are you confident in your ability?
As aforementioned, it is crucial that you research the construction steps and warnings in depth. It doesn’t matter whether you prefer to see extensive written descriptions, well-labelled diagrams, or more interactive videos, as long as you feel confident in your ability by the end of it!
If you feel you can answer yes to all these questions, then you’re probably in a good position to buy a DIY rubber flat roof kit and tackle the job yourself. If not, it could be worth investing in professional installation. Knowing that the work is carried out correctly will likely save you a lot of stress and money in the long run!