The main component of Firestone RubberGard Roofing Systems is EPDM, a single-ply synthetic rubber membrane made of ethylene propylene diene terpolymer mixed with carbon black, oils, curing agents and processing aids. It is calendered into large sheets and vulcanized. A polyester scrim Reinforced EPDM and a Fire Retardant grade EPDM are also avaiable.
Quick and easy installation
Firestone RubberGard EPDM is available in panel sizes up to 15 m in width and 61 m in length resulting in fewer field seams and less installation time.
Superior weatherability and durability
Firestone RubberGard EPDM is a fully cured membrane composed of essentially EPDM polymer and carbon black offering unmatched resistance to ozone and UV radiation. As the membrane does not contain any platicizers or flame retardants, its characteristics remain stable and unchanged over time thus providing a sustainable roofing solution.
High flexibility and elongation
Firestone RubberGard EPDM remains flexible at temperatures down to -45oC and can elongate over 300% to accommodate building movements and temperature fluctuations.
Low life-cycle cost
Firestone RubberGard EPDM require little or no maintenance. Even after years of exposure, if needed the membrane can simply be repaired using the Firestone QuickSeam Tape products. This feature combined with the inherent durability and competitive installed cost of EPDM roofing systems result in a very low life-cycle cost.
Firestone RubberGard EPDM is an inert material with limited environmental impact during manufacturing, installation and use. No toxic substances are released from the membrane, allowing collection and use of run-off rainwater.
Firestone RubberGard EPDM can also be recycled and re-used in walkway pads and road asphalt. These ecological benefits in combination with the membranes's life expectancy up to 50 years make Firestone RubberGard EPDM a green roofing solution.
Green Roof System
Due to ever increasing concern for the environment, green roofs are becoming regular a part of our landscape. Firestone RubberGard EPDM has successfully passed the FLL test for root penetration resistance in green roofs. It is an ideal membrane for combination with extensive green roof systems using lightweight and low maintenance sedum vegetation.
The ecological benefits of a green roof system are numerous:
- Reduction of the urban heat island effect
- Reduction of energy costs
- Storm water management
- New habitats for plants & animals
- Improved air quality
- Reduction of noise pollution