Five great reasons to choose EPDM for your next flat roof

If you have a flat roof that is starting to leak or has undergone numerous repairs over the years it may be time to think about a replacement covering. But before you start calling roofing contractors for quotes on a new felt roof, think again! Fleece reinforced EPDM is quickly becoming the flat roofing material of choice. And there are some very good reasons as to why:

1. EPDM means durability

Where other flat roofing materials will degrade over time, EPDM performs consistently – no matter in what extremes of weather. Successfully installed all over the world, EPDM is just as effective in the hot temperatures of the Middle East as it is throughout the coldest Alaskan winters – which means that even the unpredictable British weather won’t be a worry. EPDM has good resistance to UV damage, ozone and general weathering. Even standing water won’t have any impact. It’s also virtually impossible to tear or puncture, so the need for future repair is reduced. And its stretch and flexibility means that typical building movement that most properties experience is not a problem and you won’t get leaks.

2. It won’t cost a fortune

You might think that cost will be the catch – after all, if it’s that good it’s bound to cost an arm and a leg. Wrong! Despite its many qualities and advantages, the cost of installing EPDM compares favourably to other flat roofing systems. The width of the membrane rolls and pre-applied seam tapes means faster coverage – and that means lower labour costs.

3. An EPDM roof can help reduce your fuel bills

In a climate such as ours a dark coloured roofing membrane is preferable in order to absorb any heat. EPDM does exactly that, which means a saving on energy, less need for heating and lower energy bills as a result. This is particularly true when your flat roof is properly insulated, and our approved contractors will be happy to advise you.

4. You have the assurance of a 20-year warranty

Most felt roofs will perhaps last 10 years if they’ve been installed correctly, but there’s always the chance that you’ll need to carry out running repairs. A R Systems contractors provide a 20-year warranty on every EPDM roof they fit, giving you peace of mind. However, laboratory tests – and the actual use of EPDM on properties since the product was developed in the 1960s – show that an EPDM membrane will last in excess of 50 years without any reduction in performance.

5. It looks great!

EPDM looks equally good when used on modern and period properties. It has a slate grey appearance and smooth finish, so blends beautifully with most roof tiles. And it will continue to look good for years to come because it won’t easily show dirt, and you won’t find moss growing on it either.

Interested? Why not get in touch with us – we can answer any more questions you might have and put you in touch with an approved contractor in your area.

New Garage Flat Roof – Beare Green

New Garage Flat Roof

The garage roof had a single layer of poor quality bitumen felt nailed to an 11mm roof deck.  The roof had been leaking and the deck had collapsed in places.

Our approved contractor removed the existing felt and deck.  They reinforced the joists with noggin timbers to firm up the construction and fitted new 18mm OSB3 structural deck.

New Garage Flat RoofThey then laid DuoPlys fleece reinforced EPDM membrane with black edge trims and a white uPVC fascia board.

Garage , Beare Green

EPDM perfectly suits flat roof extensions on older and period properties in Reigate

The historic market town of Reigate can trace its roots back to the 12th century, but it was the coming of the Brighton railway in 1841 that led to the town’s rapid expansion. Today, Reigate’s charm is obvious – the town centre boasts a range of architectural styles that are evidence of how the town developed over the centuries. Not surprisingly, there is an array of period residential properties that makes Reigate a much sought after area.

Living in a period property brings with it a certain responsibility. Most owners are sensitive to the fact that any alterations to a period home require integrity and good aesthetic judgements, so extending an older property means careful selection of materials. When it comes to flat roofing materials, fleece reinforced EPDM perfectly compliments any period home. EPDM was first developed in the US in the 1960s and has consistently proved to be a superior, effective and long-lasting flat roofing membrane, and it is now becoming increasingly popular in the UK.

Where felt was traditionally one of the most popular materials used for flat roof extensions, porches and garages, DuoPly fleece reinforced EPDM now offers a much better alternative. Effective in all weather conditions and guaranteed for 20 years, EPDM is a synthetic rubber membrane that stretches and is flexible, providing a perfect fit whilst allowing for typical movement of older buildings. And unlike felt, EPDM won’t crack or tear as it ages, so removing the cost of running repairs and ongoing maintenance.

We only sell DuoPly fleece reinforced EPDM to contractors who we have trained and approved. Contact A R Systems today for an introduction to your local Reigate approved flat roofing contractor and to get a quote.

Period property in Reigate


Thinking of extending your period Leatherhead property? An EPDM flat roof could be the ideal solution

With some properties dating as far back as the 15th century, Leatherhead is an architecturally fascinating historic market town. There are beautiful period properties to be found in and around Leatherhead, and the town’s proximity to London makes it an ideal place from which to commute to work whilst providing a lovely environment in which to bring up a family.

Smaller properties – terraced houses or cottage-style homes – often feature a single storey, flat roofed extension. Those with generous garden space mean it’s relatively easy to create an additional living area, for a study, playroom or utility room for instance, or to create a much bigger kitchen that allows for family dining – kitchens are, as we all know, the heart of the home, but in older properties they can so often be galley-style and cramped.

If you’re in love with your home but crave more space, a flat roofed extension can be the ideal solution. For period properties it’s important to source stocks that will be sympathetic to the original build. But it’s easy to forget that the roof also needs careful consideration – and that’s where DuoPly fleece reinforced EPDM is ideal. A relatively modern material – it was invented in the 1960s – EPDM is increasingly becoming THE flat roofing membrane of choice. Its durability alone (it comes with a 20-year warranty upon installation, but is proven to be effective for over 50 years) is a compelling reason to choose EPDM, but because the finish is so aesthetically pleasing it works really well on period homes.

We only sell DuoPly fleece reinforced EPDM to contractors who we have trained and approved. Get in touch with A R Systems and we’ll put you in touch with one of our Leatherhead flat roofing contractors for a free quote.

Detached house in Leatherhead

Attention Horley home owners – EPDM flat roofing membrane is good for your home’s energy ratings!

With its fast rail links to London, Horley is a commuter town that has grown in recent years, and thousands of new homes have been built in the area over the last ten years or so. Modern homes are designed to fulfil the needs of modern families, but families grow and the economic climate hasn’t been kind in recent years – for many home owners it’s meant staying put rather than moving up the housing ladder. Extending existing living space has proved to be a popular and more viable alternative.

New build homes are generally completed with careful regard to the environment and future sustainability, so it makes sense that any adaptations by property owners should follow suit. At A R Systems we know that DuoPly fleece reinforced EPDM is a roofing membrane that outperforms any other material available, but its environmental credentials are just as important to consider.

DuoPly fleece reinforced EPDM is an environmentally-friendly product and is recognised by the Kyoto Ecology agreement as the best value sustainable eco-sound roofing material currently available. Combined with good insulation, using DuoPly fleece lined EPDM on your flat roof will lower your energy bills and improve the energy performance ratings of your home. Plus, it’s fully recyclable. So choosing DuoPly is a win-win situation – for the environment and for your pocket!

If you want to ensure your Horley home is as energy efficient as possible and are looking at options for your flat roof, give us a call and we’ll put you in touch with one of our local approved contractors to provide a free quote.

House in Horley

For modern homes in Crawley EPDM is the modern solution to flat roofing

Crawley is a town that emerged from the New Towns Act 1946, designed to tackle housing need and commercial/industrial development after the ravages of World War II. The opening of Gatwick Airport on the edge of the town ensured rapid development and expansion of Crawley in a very short time, and during the 1970s new neighbourhoods such as Bewbush and Broadfield were developed, followed by Maidenbower in the 1980s.

Much of this housing was originally council owned. Tenants’ rights to buy council properties naturally meant that new property owners were able to do more to their homes – be it adding a porch or extension, or building a garage. Traditional roofing felt has been the most widely used material for flat roofing projects for many years – the trouble is it has a limited lifespan and home owners can find themselves making ongoing repairs to stop leaks, or have had to have the roof replaced.

Like for like replacement used to be the only option. But DuoPly fleece reinforced EPDM has changed all that! Although EPDM was invented back in the 1960s, and has been successfully used all over the United States ever since, it’s only recently really taken off in the UK.

At A R Systems we are very proud to be an authorised dealer of DuoPly and will happily sing its praises all day! The benefits of DuoPly are endless – from its superior performance over other flat roofing materials to its ease of installation and environmental credentials, you can read more about the benefits of using this revolutionary flat roofing material.

If DuoPly sounds like the ideal solution for your flat roof – whether you’re planning a new extension or need to re-roof your garage – get in touch with us and your local approved contractor will provide a free quote.

Detached house in Crawley

Flat Roof Repair Reigate

Lowery Ltd, a firm of Civil Engineers had several buildings and portable buildings at their base in Reigate in Surrey that required attention.

The main roof was 130sqm and had a uPVC single ply membrane installed onto 11mm osb. It was currently leaking due to membrane shrinkage due to poor installation.


Roof Repair Reigate

Portable building flat roof before

Before – the small portable building flat roof

In addition there was one small portable building roof (18 sqm) that had a uPVC single ply membrane installed onto 18mm osb. It was currently leaking due to multiple puncture holes and membrane shrinkage due to lack of proper mechanical attachment.

Lastly, there were an additional three larger portable building roofs covered with ageing bitumen based felt installed onto 18mm ply. The felt was old but the roofs were not leaking (yet!).

The approved contractor Advanced Flat Roofing, stripped the large roof of the uPVC membrane and over decked using 11mm roofing grade construction OSB3 to increase the roof structural integrity. The roof was then covered using the Duoply fleece reinforced EPDM roofing system. Duoply was particularly suitable for this application due to its low per sqm weight therefore not impairing the roofs current design.

After - the main flat roof after installation

After – the main flat roof after installation

The smaller portable building was stripped back but with this roof the contractor managed to repair the existing 18mm OSB deck and re-use it. This roof had failed because of the multiple holes (due to the low puncture resistance of the uPVC membrane) and also due to membrane shrinkage on the perimeter of the roof. This allowed water ingress via the edge trims. Nearly all other single ply systems need to be properly mechanically attached onto the roof terminations to prevent membrane shrinkage. This is not the case with DuoPly’s shrink free construction.

Portable building flat roof after

After – the finished small portable building flat roof

The larger portable building roofs were not leaking and the surfaces were in an acceptable enough condition so the contractor chose to over roof using the Duoply membrane. Duoply is a fully bitumen compatible system which means that in certain circumstances the existing felt/asphalt roof can stay in place saving time, money and most importantly land fill.

New Flat Roof Worcester Park, Surrey

DuNew Flat Roof Worcester Park

The 20sqm single storey extension in this property In Worcester Park needed replacing.

The approved contractor, supplied and installed DuoPly fleece reinforced EPDM membrane onto the pre-prepared deck.

New Flat Roof Worcester Park

During – the EPDM flat roof being installed

New Flat Roof Worcester Park

During – the EPDM flat roof being installed

Flat Roof Guildford


New Flat Roof Guildford.

Think Guildford in Surrey and you’d probably conjure up a picture of all those beautiful and imposing period properties that loom high on the hilly descents into the town. But Guildford, of course has spread out much wider than that over the years, encompassing smaller surrounding villages. To the north-east, for instance, development in and around Merrow and Burpham saw hundreds of houses being built in the 60s, 70s and 80s, and smaller estates are going up even today.

Naturally, many of these houses in Guildford have been enlarged with ground floor extensions to give more living space. With the recent better summer weather, you may now be thinking of what home improvements might need to be made – we’re receiving lots of enquiries from people who had noticed their flat roofs leaking last winter – and now is the perfect time to take action before the autumn wet weather sets in and you spring more leaks!

GuildfordThere has been something of a roofing revolution over the last few years, and EPDM is fast becoming the new flat roofing material of choice. Particularly using DuoPly fleece reinforced EPDM, a roofing membrane that is proven to be far more durable and long lasting that felt. Its slate grey finish complements any property and, even better, it’s guaranteed for 20 years – but proven to be effective for in excess of 50! It’s also eco friendly, an important feature in this day and age.

So, if you live in or around Guildford and you’re thinking of replacing or repairing your flat roof with felt, think again and contact us first! We’ll put you in touch with your local approved A R Systems contractor who will visit your property and provide a free quote for installation.

EPDM is the modern solution to Epsom’s period properties with flat roof extensions

One of England’s most famous towns, thanks to the popularity of the Epsom Derby, Epsom in Surrey is also well known for its many Victorian and Edwardian properties. In street after street there are lovely semi-detached and detached properties that have been sympathetically restored and period features retained.

EpsomOf course, many of these properties have been extended to make them more suitable for modern-day living or garages erected in the grounds. If you have an extension or garage with a flat roof, you’ll probably know that the roof either hasn’t lasted or won’t last forever. And if you’ve ever had to arrange a replacement or repairs, you’ll know that it’s not always straightforward – if the weather is poor, roofing contractors are often unable to install certain materials, which can then compound any problems you might be experiencing with regards to leaking.

That’s why EPDM is such a superior material. A synthetic rubber roofing membrane, DuoPly fleece reinforced EPDM is stable even in the most extreme temperatures, and a passing shower doesn’t threaten its installation or future performance. Crucially, EPDM stretches so allows for building movement, something that is so typical of older properties, and won’t tear, split or crack as it ages. In fact, EPDM has been used for over 50 years – particularly in the US – and roofs installed back in the 1960s are still proving to be watertight, and as a customer you’ll have the reassurance of a 20-year warranty!

A R Systems approved contractors install DuoPly fleece reinforced EPDM throughout Surrey. Contact us today to arrange a visit and free quotation from your local approved contractor.