1. What is RubberCover EPDM?
  2. Does the RubberCover EPDM membrane have an up- and underside?
  3. Does the RubberCover EPDM membrane require a protective top coat?
  4. How long does the RubberCover EPDM membrane last?
  5. Is maintenance required?
  6. Can certain materials damage the RubberCover EPDM membrane?
  7. How can the RubberCover EPDM membrane be repaired in case of damage?
  8. Is the RubberCover EPDM membrane available in different colours?
  9. Which substrates are suitable for the adhesion of the RubberCover EPDM membrane?
  10. Can the RubberCover EPDM membrane be adhered on a wet surface?
  11. Must the roof surface be clean before the adhesion of RubberCover EPDM?
  12. Is the use of Firestone's RubberCover Bonding Adhesive weather-dependent?
  13. Is one-sided application of Firestone's RubberCover Bonding Adhesive sufficient?
  14. What is the coverage rate of Firestone's RubberCover Bonding Adhesive?
  15. Must the membrane be clean before applying Firestone's QuickPrime Plus primer?
  16. Which products require the application of Firestone's QuickPrime Plus primer?
  17. Are specific tools required for installation?
  18. Are any precautions required during installation?
  19. Which drains can be used with the RubberCover EPDM membrane?
  20. Can the RubberCover EPDM membrane be in contact with a hot pipe penetration (e.g. chimney)?
  21. Can I walk on a RubberCover EPDM roof?
  22. Can the RubberCover EPDM membrane be used for lining applications?
  23. Is the RubberCover EPDM membrane suitable for green roofs?
  24. Can the RubberCover EPDM membrane be ballasted?
  25. Is there a warranty for the RubberCover EPDM membrane?

What is RubberCover EPDM?

Firestone's RubberCover EPDM is a high-performance roofing system for residential flat roofing applications limited to 150 m². It is based on a 100% cured, single-ply EPDM synthetic rubber membrane.
 

Does the RubberCover EPDM membrane have an up- and underside?

No, there is no difference between the top and bottom of the membrane.
 

Does the RubberCover EPDM membrane require a protective top coat?

No, the RubberCover EPDM membrane is resistant to UV and ozone.

How long does the RubberCover EPDM membrane last?

RubberCover EPDM membranes offer unmatched resistance to UV radiation, ozone, alkaline rains and high or low temperatures. Recent studies show that the membrane has a life expectancy of more than 50 years, even when exposed to sunlight.

Is maintenance required?

No specific maintenance is required for a RubberCover EPDM roofing system. However, Firestone recommends a yearly inspection of the roof.

Can certain materials damage the RubberCover EPDM membrane?

The membrane is less resistant to oil products. Contact with mineral and vegetable oils, petroleum-based products, fresh bitumen and grease must be avoided.
 

How can the RubberCover EPDM membrane be repaired in case of damage?

The membrane can be easily repaired with a piece of Firestone's QuickSeam SA Flashing.

Is the RubberCover EPDM membrane available in different colours?

No, the membrane is only available in black.

Which substrates are suitable for the adhesion of the RubberCover EPDM membrane?

Compatible substrates are wood, Firestone ISOGARD HD cover boards, PIR and PUR insulation boards, bitumen, concrete, masonry, aluminium, zinc and lead. RubberCover EPDM can overlay virtually any old roof, provided the roof decking is sound and the existing structure can carry the load of the new roofing system.

Can the RubberCover EPDM membrane be adhered on a wet surface?

No. Ponded water, snow, frost and ice must be removed from the roof surface before installation of the membrane.
 

Must the roof surface be clean before adhesion of the RubberCover EPDM membrane?

The surface must be clean, smooth, dry and free of sharp and/or loose objects and/or foreign materials such as oil, grease, and/or other contaminants. Therefore, it is recommended to sweep the substrate with a brush prior to the installation of the membrane.

Is the use of Firestone's RubberCover Bonding Adhesive weather-dependent?

Yes. The minimum temperature required for the application of the RubberCover Bonding Adhesive is + 5°C and the maximum humidity is 80 %.

Is one-sided application of Firestone's RubberCover Bonding Adhesive sufficient?

No. the RubberCover Bonding Adhesive must always be applied two-sided, i.e. both to the underside of the membrane as well as to the substrate.

What is the coverage rate of Firestone's RubberCover Bonding Adhesive?

The coverage rate is 1 liter per 2 m² (two-sided).

Must the membrane be clean before applying Firestone's QuickPrime Plus primer?

No, except when the membrane is extremely dirty, in which case it must be cleaned with water and a clean rag.
 

Which products require the application of Firestones QuickPrime Plus primer?

Firestone's QuickPrime Plus primer must be used with ALL Firestone QuickSeam products in order to clean and prime the membrane before their application.

Are specific tools required for installation?

Besides Firestone's QuickScrubber tool and rubber roller, the following tools are needed: scissors, measurer, solvent resistant paint roller, chalk line, bucket, mixer (for Bonding Adhesive), clean rags, broom.

Are any precautions required during installation?

The RubberCover Bonding Adhesive and QuickPrime Plus primer can only be used in well-ventilated areas. Both products must be kept away from ignition sources. Do not smoke when using. Firestone recommends wearing gloves when applying the QuickPrime Plus primer. For further information, please consult the Safety Data Sheets and/or the information shown on the product labels.

Which drains can be used with the RubberCover EPDM membrane?

Following materials can be used to insert drains: EPDM, zinc, flexible PVC, galvanized and stainless steel.
 

Can the RubberCover EPDM membrane be in contact with a hot pipe penetration (e.g. chimney)?

The use of double-walled penetrations is required.
 

Can I walk on a RubberCover EPDM roof?

The roof can be accessed for periodical maintenance. In case of regular roof traffic, the membrane must be protected with pavers.
 

Can the RubberCover EPDM membrane be used for lining applications?

No. The RubberCover EPDM membrane is only suitable for roofs and gutters.
 

Is the RubberCover EPDM membrane suitable for green roofs?

Sedum vegetation can be placed over the RubberCover EPDM membrane, provided that a root-resistant geotextile is used between the vegetation and the membrane. A distance of 30 cm must be taken into account between the vegetation and every roof installation detail.
 

Can the RubberCover EPDM membrane be ballasted?

Yes, it is possible to cover the membrane with gravel, pavers or bankirai wood but the membrane must always be fully adhered to the substrate. Firestone recommends the use of a protective geotextile (polyester 300 g/m²) between the membrane and the ballast.
 

Is there a warranty for the RubberCover EPDM membrane?

Firestone provides a 10 year material warranty.