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Old 05-10-2011, 05:55 AM   #1
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Is rubber roofing servicable as a deck floor too?


My landlord (a good guy) is planning to replace my nice old deck, with its asphalt flooring--which I use almost every day for sitting, gardening, and doing wood-working--with rubber decking materials, the popular EPDM, I assume. Can this rubber roofing material be flooring as well by itself? The contractor is going to bring some "pads" with it--but I don't want to move around pads every time I put a chair or table on the roof. Can't find a clear answer on the Web whether EPDM rubber roofing is okay as deck flooring (I wonder about smell as well). txs.

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Hi Paul, and welcome to the forum.

If he's a good guy, I'd ask him to repair/redo the asphalt you have no problems with.
If he wants, he can change it if/when you move. I don't think a rubber sheet will stand up very long to your (and mine too) type of abuse, i.e. dropped tools, furniture dragged, etc.

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Unfortunately, the room below leaks, so it's going to be a rubber roof (probably should have posted that detail too). But it sounds like pads are in order, or some kind of protective covering. I'll work with the contractor.
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Unfortunately, the room below leaks, so it's going to be a rubber roof (probably should have posted that detail too).
Yes, that might have helped....

Thick padding it is, it would seem.... let us know how it works out?

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Neither the existing or proposed new roofing material is an adequate deck by itself
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Neither the existing or proposed new roofing material is an adequate deck by itself

Correct.
A deck raised on sleepers is what i have done before, or something of that nature.
In addition local municipalities may require 1hr fire rating for the materials used on a deck.
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Most roofing materials do not have a fire rating by themselves. They usually have a flame spread rating. EPDM roofing will not make a good traffic deck. Even with walk pads, you will likely cause damage to the roof membrane in short order. It is likely that the existing asphalt roof was never intended to be a traffic deck either. Rubber roof membranes are often only .045 to .060 inches thick. Products used on residences are not typically reinforced. In either case the normal installation would be to adhere the membrane to an insulation sheet or a fiberboard. Both of these are relatively soft and would allow anything sharp to easily puncture the membrane. Typically, when EPDM is subjected to foot traffic, the substrate material collapses and allows the EPDM to tear at seams. There is a company that makes interlocking rubber pavers designed to work over an EPDM roof system $$$. Maybe you could talk him into a modified bitumen roof. They have some surfacing options that might work better.
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Many thanks for this fodder.

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They make rubber membrane decking materials for use around pools and things that would be better for a flooring application. The thinner rubber roofing material is really not meant to be walked on continuously although it sounds like you will need a layer to fix the leaks. You can also get rubber tiles, pavers and just about any shape you want. Many interlock and are easy to put in place.

http://www.paversearch.com/rubber-pavers-menu.htm


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