Flat Roof Systems

rubberbond logoRoofing Systems Ireland, Rubberbond Fleeceback, the proven Flat Roof Repair and Flat Roofing Solution For The Domestic and Residential Sector

Noel McGrath Carpentry are approved RubberBond FleeceBack  roofing systems installers.

As your local roofing contractor we offer a free survey, friendly advice and a no obligation quotation.

Is the EPDM environmentally fiendly?

EPDM is one of the most sustainable and environmental materials used today in the construction industry. Its excellent performance transfers to low life cycle costs and less impact on the environment.

The initial production of the membrane has a low embodied energy number (the amount of energy required to produce and implement a product from material extraction, manufacture, and installation). In addition several other components (such as cleaners, primers and adhesives) were developed for use with the EPDM membrane to reduce VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) emissions during installation.

Post-industrial products can be reincorporated (recycled) into the manufacturing of other roofing products and accessories (i.e., walkways and roofing tiles) thus minimizing the impact on landfills.

What warranties are available on the Rubberbond Fleeceback EPDM systems?

There are a range of warranties available for the RubberBond membrane dependant on the property size from standard guarantee below to the 20 year commercial warranty.
RubberBond flat roofing is installed, solely by authorised roofing contractors, who are responsible for the integrity and performance of the finished roof. Where stated a RubberBond contractor will issue a 20 year guarantee for your flat roof.
The RubberBond EPDM flat roofing system is guaranteed for a period of 20 years to prevent the ingress of rain or snow subject to the following exclusions:

  • Storm damage such as falling roof tiles, trees, etc.
  • Roofing damage caused by lightning, fire, hurricanes or earthquake.
  • Deliberate or accidental damage.
  • Defects in adjoining areas such as defective tiles and coping stones, pointing, porous brickwork or render.
  • Deficiencies or movement in the building structure.
  • Damage caused by the leakage of fuels or oils.
  • Any claims under the guarantee that are found not to be the RubberBond EPDM membrane or the labour relating to it are chargeable as an inspection fee.
  • The RubberBond EPDM flat roofing guarantee is valid when signed by the contractor and full payment has been received.

What fire ratings for Rubberbond Fleeceback EPDM?

The fire ratings range in accordance with the build up of the roof please se below for the relevant construction and rating.

As stated in the BBA certificate No.02/3967 RubberBond® FleeceBack EPDM has rating of Ext FAA as per BBA certificate. This relates to the following roof construction of steel deck, vapour barrier, PIR/PUR insulation & RubberBond® FleeceBack.
Tested in accordance with BS476 -3
The above build up is mainly for commercial type properties so the ratings would be misguiding for domestic type buildings. In 2005 we ran further tests on typical residential style roofs and the following ratings were achieved.

Ext FAC Typical warm roof construction; OSB deck, vapour barrier, insulation & RubberBond® FleeceBack
Ext FBC Typical cold roof construction; OSB deck & RubberBond® FleeceBack
Test to BS476 – 3: 2004 External Fire Exposure test
Tester – Warrington Fire Research.

A boundary is defined in the Building * Regulations as the boundary of land belonging to the building up to and including the centre line of any abutting street, canal or river.

  1. Not acceptable on any of the following buildings
    Industrial, storage of other non-residential purposes group buildings of any size
    Houses in terraces of three or more houses:
    Any other buildings with a cubic capacity of more than 1500m³.
  2. Acceptable on buildings not listed in Note 1, if part of the roof is no more than 3m² in area and is at least 1500mm from any similar part, with the roof between the parts covered with a material of limited combustibility.

To achieve EXT. FAA regardless of the substrate the membrane should be covered with smooth, shard free pebbles.

I need my roof replaced; do I need my insulation upgraded?

Insulating a flat roof can deliver real benefits; a warm comfortable room, lower energy bills and improved HIPs ratings. Building regulations can mean insulation is compulsory.

In April 2006 the revised Part L of the building regulations came into force, this has the aim to reduce energy used in buildings. The key requirements are:

Reduce energy used in buildings by at least 20%
In most refurbishment instances additional thermal insulation is required to meet the required “U” value. If such an upgrade is not technically or functionally feasible or would not achieve its pay back within 15 years.
There are essentially two designs used in the construction of a flat roof with insulation.

Cold deck
This is the most common construction but is also the least thermally efficient. From the room ceiling up the build is as follows: The roof joists support the roof construction the internal ceiling is attached to these, between the joists in the roof void insulation is laid in buildings constructed in the 60s, 70s, & 80s, there will most likely be some type of insulation between the rafters in the roof void. On top of the joists the roof deck is fixed and the waterproof roof cover is laid.

Warm deck
This is the most modern method of construction and should be used were possible (although not all situations are able to accommodate this design).
From the room ceiling up the build is as follows: The roof joists support the roof construction the internal ceiling is attached to these. On top of the joists the roof deck is fixed. A vapour barrier is laid on to the deck. And the appropriate thickness of insulation is fixed to the roof deck. The waterproof roof cover is then installed.
This method of insulating the roof alleviates the formation of condensation in the roof void, and complies with the current building regulations.

If Rubberbond Fleeceback is EPDM is so good why isnt everyone using it?

The manufacturers have invested millions of dollars in manufacturing processes and branding. To protect these investments only trained and approved installers that have proved they can maintain the highest of standards are allowed to use the material. This has until recently been predominantly in the commercial sector, but is now at last also available, through approved RubberBond installers to residential properties utilizing the RubberBond FleeceBack EPDM roofing system.

Is Rubberbond Fleeceback expensive?

No, despite its considerable technical advantages it compares well with other quality roofing systems and because of its long life span it will often work out to have a much cheaper life cost.

How is it installed?

For one of the strongest fully adhered single-ply installations in the industry specifiers are recommending RubberBond FleeceBack system. For new and reroofing installations adhesive is roller applied to the deck and the FleeceBack membrane is rolled into the adhesive. Seams are sealed with Factory Applied Secure Tape (FAT).

What does it look like?

It has a pleasing to the eye, smooth natural slate grey finish.

Can I walk on it?

Yes, it’s designed for maintenance access.
For regular access to plant machinery or for a fire escape, use RubberBond Walkway pads.
For heavy usage such as patio areas it can be overlaid with a variety of finishes, paving slabs, timber or plastic decking, green roofs etc.

Why should we use an approved contractor like Noel McGrath Carpentry & Roofing

No matter how good a product is, quality installation is essential. RubberBond FleeceBack EPDM for your peace of mind is only available from Independent Approved Contractors who have passed a full installation training course.

  • Still protecting roofs laid some 50 years ago
  • Suitable for any roof, small or large
  • No heat involved in application, no risk of fire
  • No maintenance to achieve it’s life expectancy
  • Does not become brittle or degrade with age
  • Tough enough to walk on for maintenance access, for example cleaning windows or gutters
  • Moss and fungus resistant
  • No layer of chippings
  • Can be overlaid with a variety of finishes, paving slabs, timber or plastic decking, green roofs etc.
  • Approved contractors are trained and regularly checked to ensure all roofs are installed to the high standards necessary

Roofing Systems Ireland RubberBond FleeceBack fully train all operatives in its use, therefore we have a Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland network of approved independent contractors available to price and carry out installation work for all types of new build and refurbishment projects.

Our Approved Independent Contractors:

  • Undergo comprehensive training both in-house and on-site, details of trainees held by our offices
  • Are assessed for competence and suitability on specific project types prior to selection for tendering opportunities
  • Are assessed for financial stability prior to any award of approved status
  • Are prepared to work beyond their local geographical boundaries where possible, therefore enabling provision of a list of contractors tailored to your individual needs

We ensure approved independent contractors receive valuable, hands-on assistance in the application of all of RubberBond products and systems, as well as refresher training, whenever required, to ensure that applicators are all aware of any product or method improvements.