EPDM Material – A World of Uses

If you ever worked out the number of materials you use and depend on daily, the list would probably include wood, steel, aluminium and plastic. However, EPDM material should be added to your list as it an everyday substance, even if you did not know this fact. This is a kind of rubber manufactured from ethylene and propylene and it appears in a number of everyday appliances. The following describes the fundamentals of EPDM which has a world of uses.

EPDM material is both watertight and heat and cold resistant. Anything which has to deal with large temperature variations or water can utilise this material. Your car is one example – chances are that EPDM is used in such parts as weather-stripping, hoses and is even added to motor oil. EPDM material is also used to protect electrical wires and cables. Refrigerated rooms and coolers use it as part of their insulation and in the door seals, due to its ability to handle extremely cold temperatures.

Children’s playgrounds and areas surrounding swimming pools often use EPDM material as it stops people slipping when the flooring is wet. This is done by mixing gravel sized particles of EPDM membrane with binding materials and then spread over the surface. It is a common material used to line ornamental ponds and pools – indeed this is one of its major uses. All the above examples demonstrate its resistance to extreme heat and cold, toughness, insulation properties and complete waterproofing capability. It is therefore obvious that one of the key uses these days is to cover and protect flat roofs.

Using EPDM material on a roof makes obvious sense. Flat roofs have historically been difficult to cover effectively, due to their lack of effective water drainage. Water tends to lay in pools on a flat roof, making it likely that leaks will develop over time. However, EPDM membranes are the answer as they resist destructive UV rays, are totally watertight, their seams and joins are just as tough as the main bulk of the material and the material is flexible enough to fit any roof perfectly. The installation process is environmentally friendly as it uses no heat or flames. EPDM material is also manufactured to endure without problems for at least fifty years. All these reasons combined explain why ever increasing numbers of consumers are using this product on the roof of their house or business premises.


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