Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer (M-class), or EPDM, is a synthetic rubber that is extremely durable and used across a variety of applications. EPDM is heat and weather resistant with its two main ingredients derived from natural gas and oil, making it an ideal flat roofing material.
So what cane EPDM be used for in the garden? Well, there are actually lots of uses.
EPDM can be used as a pond liner! Ponds can make a stunning feature in any garden and are a fun and relatively easy task to undertake yourself. To ensure a long lasting and watertight pond, a good pond liner is required. In summary, a flexible PVC or rubber pond liner will last 20 years and more provided they are installed above a protective underlay, secured in place with appropriate edging material and protected from regular clawed animal visits. A well maintained and cared-for pond should give you years of pleasure.
EPDM can be used as a flat roof material. If you plan to have a shed, workshop, garden room or other garden structure then the chances are the roof will need to be weather tight. EPDM is a fantastic flat roof material. EPDM is a synthetic rubber which is completely weather-resistant and UV-resistant. Thanks to its extreme elasticity of more than 500%, it is the most flexible single ply membranes for waterproofing flat roofs, buildings and facades. EPDM is a very popular material within the building and construction sector and we strongly recommend it! There are a few manufacturers but Firestone EPDM seems to be the top choice.
Other used include o-rings, glass-run channels, radiators, garden and appliance hose, tubing, pond liners, washers, belts, electrical insulation, solar panel heat collectors, and speaker cone surrounds. It is also used as a medium for water resistance in electrical cable-jointing, roofing membranes, geomembranes, rubber mechanical goods, plastic impact modification, thermoplastic, vulcanizates, and many other applications
Do you have any other ideas what EPDM could be used for in the Home or Garden? We would love to hear your thoughts and ideas.