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Flat roofing common problems

Understanding Flat Roofing: Common Problems and Solutions

Flat roofs are a popular choice for many buildings due to their modern aesthetic and space-saving design. However, they come with their own set of challenges, often leading to leaks, structural damage, and maintenance issues over time. In this post, we’ll delve into the common problems associated with traditional flat roofs and explore the benefits of modern solutions like EPDM rubber roofing.

The Pitfalls of Traditional Flat Roofs:

  1. Material Breakdown: One of the primary reasons for flat roof failure is the breakdown of materials over time. From sun damage to water pooling, the components of traditional materials like mineral felts can erode, leading to leaks and structural damage.
  2. Poor Workmanship: Inadequate installation and design can result in improper drainage, water pooling, and eventual leaks. Additionally, joint failures and cracking due to lack of flexibility during weather changes are common issues with poorly installed roofs.
  3. Lack of Maintenance: Neglecting regular maintenance can exacerbate flat roof problems, leading to sun blistering, puncturing, and eventual splitting. Furthermore, flashing deterioration over time can allow water to penetrate the roof, causing further damage.

Introducing EPDM Rubber Roofing:

In recent years, advancements in roofing materials have led to the development of solutions like EPDM (Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer) rubber roofing. Here’s why EPDM is becoming the preferred choice for flat roof installations:

  1. Durability: EPDM boasts an impressive lifespan of over 40 years, far surpassing traditional materials like mineral felts. Its resistance to UV rays, temperature extremes (-54°C to 120°C), and structural movement make it a durable and long-lasting option for flat roofs.
  2. Seamless Installation: Unlike traditional felts, EPDM is a one-piece membrane, virtually eliminating the risk of seam failure and water infiltration. With simple fixing and adhesive, installation is efficient and hassle-free.
  3. Cost-Effectiveness: While EPDM may have a higher upfront cost, its longevity and low maintenance requirements translate to significant savings over time. Additionally, its energy-efficient properties contribute to reduced heating costs and a smaller carbon footprint.
  4. Versatility: EPDM is suitable for a wide range of flat roof structures, including garages, porches, extensions, dormers, and residential homes. Its adaptability and versatility make it a top choice for modern roofing projects.

Our Commitment to Quality Roofing Solutions:

At Snr Roofing, we prioritize quality and durability in all our roofing solutions. As members of the Confederation of Roofing Contractors, we adhere to the highest standards of craftsmanship and professionalism. Whether you’re in need of EPDM installation, repair, or maintenance, our experienced team is here to deliver exceptional results.

Our product of choice:

Our preferred product for EPDM roofing installations is the ClassicBond Pro Fleece Reinforced EPDM system. This high-performance solution offers reduced shrinkage and rapid installation times, making it ideal for large overlay roofs.

As certified installers of ClassicBond Pro products, we provide reassurance with every flat roof replacement. Our certification ensures that your roof is installed with precision and expertise, backed by a guarantee upon completion.

Choose the ClassicBond Pro Fleece Reinforced EPDM system for superior durability, quick installation, and peace of mind knowing that your roof is in capable hands.


Flat roofs can be a stylish and practical choice for any building, but they require careful consideration and maintenance to avoid common pitfalls. With modern solutions like EPDM rubber roofing, you can enjoy peace of mind knowing your roof is protected for years to come. If you have any questions or would like to learn more about EPDM roofing, don’t hesitate to contact us.

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