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Firestone’s EPDM Roofing Membrane is in
Fashion with Matalan
F
irestone Building Products’
RubberGard™ EPDM single ply
roofing membrane is set to
ensure fashion fans enjoy a dry and
comfortable shopping environment
after a roof refurbishment at
Matalan’s Killingworth Centre store
in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne.
The store’s original plastic roofing
membrane had lost its elasticity and had
started to split, causing leaks and the
threat of damage to the building fabric
and contents. Roofing contractor, DAR
Roofing, was brought in to carry out a
roofing refurbishment to resolve the
problem and, having used Firestone’s
RubberGard EPDM membrane on
previous largescale retail environment
projects over a number of years,
recommended the same approach for
the Matalan store.
To minimise disruption, reduce waste
and deliver the project as quickly as
possible, DAR Roofing carried out the
project as an overlay, using Firestone’s
RubberGard
EPDM
single
ply
membrane, which was mechanically
attached
using
the
Reinforced
Mechanically Anchored (RMA) system.
This
provided rapid waterproofing
coverage over large areas, along with
excellent wind load resistance and
compatibility with the existing roof
surface.
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The existing rooftop plant was removed
to enable the new roofing membrane to
be mechanically attached over the
prepared 6,700m2 roof surface, which is
arranged on five levels. Firestone
worked closely with DAR Roofing to
develop the specification and ensure the
RubberGard EPDM material was
optimised for the complex roof layout.
The company’s technical team also
provided detailed wind load calculations
for each roof area, which enabled
creation of CAD layout drawings
designed to ease the onsite installation
process.
Difficult
waterproofing
situations were reviewed in detail onsite
with Firestone’s contractor services
team to determine the most practical and
effective solutions, utilising Firestone’s
QuickSeam self-adhesive accessories.
Comments Dave Stephens from DAR
Roofing: “This is a very large and
intricate roof and we needed a system
that would provide rapid waterproofing,
ease of detailing and a long-lasting
solution for the end user.
“Not only does Firestone have an EPDM
roofing system that is especiallydesigned to offer the rapid waterproofing
coverage and resistance to wind uplift
we needed during installation, but the
permanent elasticity and 300%
elongation offered by the system mean
that it will not crack or tear, either during
installation or throughout its service life.
As a result, the finished installation will
provide a neat, resilient roofing solution
for generations of shoppers to come and
the client is extremely happy with the
result.”
For further information on Firestone
Building Products Tel 01606 552026 or
email
info@fbpl.co.uk.
Website
www.firestonebpe.co.uk.
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