I have a porch floor /roof that has just been professionally covered
with EPDM. I am looking for the best way to protect it from wear, etc.,
without damaging it in the process. Would it be practical to install
linoleum or other "sheet goods" on part of it? Does anyone know about
industrial mats that are sometimes used for walkways on EPDM?
We have talked about a "floating deck, but the roofer advises it would
gather dirt and trash underneath and would need to be removable for
cleaning and repairs.
This area is itself covered and protected by a roof overhead.
Suggestions? Experiences? Horror stories?
I'm working on a similar problem right now. Try checking out
www.lockdry.com for an aluminum decking that is a decking material that
claims to serve as a roof with a lifetime warranty. Let me know what
you decide to do. Linoleum doesn't sound like a good solution.
Bob F wrote:
True linoleum (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linoleum) could probably handle
the weather because of how its made but vinyl sheet goods (what you most
likely are refering to) usually has some sort of paper like or felt like
backing that could absorb water.
Hadn't thought about the water absorbing backing... I am also worried
about being able to cement it down without compromising the EDPM. I am
beginning to think a removable deck is the way to go. Thanks for your
This new roof came about because the roof above leaked AND the
floor/roof became compromised due to wet leavesand pine straw
collecting on the old surface, especially around support posts. My
hope is that I have eliminated two problems and can count on two layers
of protection- but I still would like to use the area as a regular
porch. Any further thoughts much appreciated.
Cliff Hartle wrote:
First you need to know what EPDM is. It is
Ethylene Proylene Diene Monomer. It is not vinyl
it is a rubber product. And it consists of one
layer. In fact many if not most travel trailers
have such a roof, but it is also used on flat
roofs. You should not walk directly on it. If
you want a deck, then suspend the deck above the
EPDM, don't lay it on it.
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