Rubber Roofing system – Lender & Insurer views?

Rubber Roofing system – Lender & Insurer views?

9:18 AM, 11th December 2018, About 4 years ago 11

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Hello. What is your experience with Rubber Roofing system? Anything to bear in mind with insurers and BTL lenders?

I had to demolish and need to redo a single storey rear extension. Normally I use slates/tiles (flat roof on the extension, most & rest of the house is pitched). But builder suggested considering rubber roofing system with a slight pitch from one edge to another.

Any advice, suggestions and experience will be much appreciated.




13:56 PM, 15th December 2018, About 4 years ago

I had EPDM (rubber roof) fitted on my own fully refurbed home 5 years ago - fitted to the flat roof parts - loft conversion and ground floor extension covering a very large percentage of the overall roof. Havent been any been any problems or issues with insurers. But on the ground floor area, the roof has been setup like a giant gutter capturing water from all around the rear of the house which then drains at one end. Lots of little patches where glued together to make a neat large drain exit to the normal downpipe so I guess EPDM is easy to mould around odd shaped fittings and I do slightly nervously keep an eye for leaks or glued bits coming undone but absolutely no problems so far.
Only one thing I would say and I wouldn't have noticed it until we had a passing roofer who said EPDM is loosely fitted - its not stretched flat so you get little pools of water which quickly encourage green and licheny growth etc. making my 2 year old roof (as it was at the time) look like a 20 year old roof! I don't see an issue with this.

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