What is Firestone Rubber Roofing and how is it beneficial for a flat roof timber building?

Roof design is vital to all structures, so it is important to make sure that the roof on your new project is planned with precision. When it comes to rubber roofing, there are three types to choose from, EPDM, TPO, and PVC. As a household name in stables and bespoke timber buildings, we typically use Firestone EPDM Rubber Roofing for our flat roof timber building projects. It offers elevated levels of performance at a competitive price and is an excellent option for smaller projects too. What is more, Firestone Rubber Roofing is seamless, sustainable, and simple to fit.

EPDM rubber is a smart choice for low-slope or flat roof buildings thanks to its unrivalled water resistance and ability to withstand extreme temperatures. EPDM can be installed into a variety of structures ranging from low-pitch garage roofs to large industrial buildings.

What does EPDM stand for?

If you have not heard of EPDM rubber before, it stands for ethylene propylene diene terpolymer – its ingredients. Its two primary ingredients, ethylene and propylene are derived from oil and natural gas.

Uses for EPDM rubber

EPDM rubber is loved for its versatility which allows it to be used across a wide array of flat roofing applications. The most common are:

  • Sheds or garden buildings
  • Agricultural buildings
  • Garages or house extensions
  • The waterproof membrane for living (green) roofs
  • Balcony extensions
  • Dormers
  • Carports
  • Garages
  • Offices
  • Workshops
  • Commercial buildings

What are the benefits of Firestone Rubber Roofing?

Water resistance

EPDM rubber roofing like Firestone is waterproof and it does not dry out or shrink when it gets too hot or cold, so you do not need to stress about it splitting as the weather changes. Plus, EPDM is manufactured in large, single sheets which can be installed as one large piece, resulting in zero seams on the roof’s surface. You can rest assured there will be no chance of disruptive, costly leaks forming – one of the most common causes of damage to flat roofs.

UV resistant

In the UK, heatwaves and extreme weather changes are becoming more common. EPDM rubber roofing will not blister or crack when exposed to ultraviolet light or become saggy and ugly after exposure to prolonged heat. The highly advanced synthetic rubber allows for optimum flexibility and durability which means the roof is also protected from tears during or after insulation.


Rubber roofing like Firestone is an incredibly lightweight material which adds further to its appeal and versatility. It is ideal for installing on almost any flat roof, whether timber framed, or steel supported.

Compatible with green (living) roofs

EPDM rubber roofing is suitable for most extension construction including green roofs. The EDPM forms an excellent barrier to water and micro-organisms, so you will not notice any weeds and roots poking through the roof surface. It is even suitable for growing fruits, vegetables, plants, and flowers so, you will be able to create a showstopping living roof of your choice. Happy growing!

Energy saving

EPDM can be easily applied with Polyisocyanurate insulation. In fact, Firestone offers a Polyisocyanurate insulation board which provides outstanding and stable thermal resistance, dimensional stability, and compressive strength for a superior insulation solution. These qualities make for outstanding energy-efficient roofing. When installed correctly, EPDM will keep the heat out in the summer, whilst retaining the heat better during the winter. Firestone Rubber Roofing is available in varying thicknesses, depending on your climate and bespoke needs.


For the eco-conscious among us, EPDM rubber roofing will help you contribute to a greener environment. The sun will bounce off the roof surface and helps reduce the building’s energy consumption. Plus, it is compatible with living roofs, so if you do decide to create an amazing green space on the top of your home, you will be improving air quality at the same time. Also, when Firestone Rubber Roofing reaches the end of its lifetime, it can be recycled.

Long lasting

Offering resistance to UV rays, rains and high or low temperatures means that Firestone Rubber Roofing has a long-lasting lifespan – even when exposed to sunlight. In fact, it can last you a lifetime. Plus, with no specific maintenance required, it is a first-rate choice for your flat roofing project.

How long does Firestone Rubber Roofing last?

Firestone Rubber Roofing is notable for its hard-wearing qualities and its longevity – requiring no specific maintenance routine. Under normal conditions it is expected to last 50 years. That said, we do recommend you inspect the roof annually to ensure there are no signs of damage. In the unlikely event that damage does occur, Firestone Rubber Roofing can easily be repaired.

How does National Timber Buildings use Firestone Rubber Roofing?

We use Firestone Rubber Roofing for the majority of our flat roof projects. This recent flat roof garden project in Wales with Firestone Rubber Roofing is a fitting example:

If you want a long-lasting and reliable flat-roofing solution for a timber building fitted by experts, get in touch with our friendly team at National Timber Buildings. We would be delighted to supply an obligation free quote.