2018
May 24, 2018

The Most Popular Tourist Hotspots Ranked

Measured by the number of overnight visitors, the recently released Mastercard Global Destination Cities Index revealed the most visited tourist hotspots of 2017. But which city is the easiest for tourists to explore? We ranked the top 5 most visited cities of 2017. Our Ranking System: Walking Promotion Walkable streets and neighbourhoods are the foundation...
April 13, 2018

Cottage Refurbishment – RubberBond Fleeceback

PROJECT NAME: Church yard Cottage, Milton Keynes PRODUCT: RubberBond Fleeceback SPECIFIED BY: DPM Leadwork Ltd ROOFING CONTRACTOR: DPM Leadwork Ltd SUMMARY:  A good example of the application of RubberBond Fleeceback EPDM in an eco-home installation. Church Yard Cottage is a privately owned detached home in the village of Liphook, Hampshire. Constructed 6 years ago as an eco-home (designed and...
April 13, 2018

Office Block Flat Roof Refurbishment

Here we look at how a complete re-roof of a 1,750m² in Welwyn Garden City. We can see how TSS Roofing Ltd carried out the installation from start to finish. The case study also show the versatility of fleece backed EPDM systems when it comes to covering different substrates and surfaces.
April 13, 2018

Evolution in EPDM

Sustainability is key when it comes to minimising costs and protecting the environment. EPDM’s strength, lifespan and ease of maintenance all add to a buildings sustainability. On top of this EPDM roofs can be refurbished rather than replaced. Re-seaming patching and other repair work can often replace the need to completely replace an EPDM roof...
April 10, 2018

Fact and Fiction of “Cool” Roofs

What is the best solution when it comes to making a building energy efficient and reducing its carbon foot print? When considering this question it is important to look at all factors including climate, location and what a manufacture is willing to cover when it comes to climate and durability. In this case study we...
April 10, 2018

RubberBond Start to Finish

This case study looks at how the complete process of a re-covering a flat roof using RubberBond FleeceBack should be carried out. The project was carried out by Marwood Roofing and included removal and replacement of the old felt roof and re-decking the roof which is only required in cases where the old roofing system...
2017
September 7, 2017

The Best Movie Rooftop Confrontations

Over the years, some of the most iconic movie scenes have taken place on rooftops. Maybe it’s the risk of falling off, or the build up to the inevitable showdown at the end. Here’s our take on the best rooftop confrontations in movie history. Embed this on your website: 450 pixels wide The Best Movie...
July 29, 2017

Residential Extension – RubberBond Fleeceback

PROJECT NAME: Bramley Garth, North Yorkshire PRODUCT: RubberBond Fleeceback ROOFING CONTRACTOR: Chris Clint Building & Joinery SUMMARY: A good example of the application of RubberBond Fleeceback EPDM in a residential installation. This privately owned home is an unassuming suburban terraced house situated in Bramley Garth, York.  The owner was expanding his home and added a single storey extension to...
July 29, 2017

Swimming Pool Extension – RubberBond Fleeceback

PROJECT NAME: Rowsham Dell, Milton Keynes PRODUCT: RubberBond Fleeceback SPECIFIED BY: Bailey Roofing ROOFING CONTRACTOR: Bailey Roofing SUMMARY: A good example of the application of RubberBond Fleeceback EPDM in a high humidity installation. Rowsham Dell is a 20 year old privately owned property in Milton Keynes which required a roof for a new swimming pool extension. For a domestic...
July 29, 2017

Cottage Refurbishment – RubberBond Fleeceback

PROJECT NAME: Church yard Cottage, Milton Keynes PRODUCT: RubberBond Fleeceback SPECIFIED BY: DPM Leadwork Ltd ROOFING CONTRACTOR: DPM Leadwork Ltd SUMMARY:  A good example of the application of RubberBond Fleeceback EPDM in an eco-home installation. Church Yard Cottage is a privately owned detached home in the village of Liphook, Hampshire. Constructed 6 years ago as an eco-home (designed and...
July 24, 2017

The Smart Buildings Of The Future

Our world is changing at a rapid pace. Smart technology allows architects to think beyond traditional boundaries. Buildings of the future will connect the various pieces of the structure in an integrated, dynamic and functional way. Embed this on your website: 450 pixels wide The Smart Buildings Of The Future by Rubber Bond. 955 pixels...
July 24, 2017

Top 10 Reasons to Choose EPDM

Carlisle SynTec EPDM membranes offer an optimal solution for nearly any low-slope roofing situation. EPDM is a durable material that has more than 50 years of proven, in-field performance. With significant physical property advantages, warming benefits in northern climates and innovations in product technologies, EPDM is still defining the standard in the roofing market. Below...
July 20, 2017

Hospital Annex – RubberBond Fleeceback

Roof Area: 250m² Building Use: Hospital Location: Watford Roof Type: New Annex Approved Contractor: Artisan Roofing Surrey Ltd RubberBond FleeceBack was used to waterproof a new annex link to the A&E department of Watford General Hospital. Installed to a timber deck the roof was completed within 3 days to minimize any disruption to the hospital...
July 20, 2017

Sustainable Roofing – it’s all about performance

Sustainable roofing isn’t about colour, it’s about performance, which is why Carlisle Syntec and RubberBond offers the most diverse and versatile line of EPDM membranes on the market. When you need an energy efficient and sustainable roof system, look no further than the single ply membrane with a half century track record of performance and...
July 20, 2017

St Elizabeth’s School Roof Refurbishment – RubberBond Fleeceback

Roof Area: 510m² Building Use: Primary School Roof Location: Saint Elizabeth’s Road, Coventry Roof Type: Refurbishment Approved Contractor: APM Roofing Ltd Saint Elizabeth’s Primary School wanted a durable system to waterproof all the flat roof areas of the school. The contractor choose to use RubberBond FleeceBack system as it is a completely cold installation and...
July 20, 2017

Office Roof Refurbishment – RubberBond EPDM

Roof Area: 1750m² Building Use: Office Block Location: Welwyn Garden City Roof Type: Refurbishment Approved Contractor: TSS Roofing Ltd RubberBond FleeceBack  was originally invented as an overlay for an existing roof system. The enhanced security, protection and bond strength that the FleeceBack EPDM membrane gives, makes projects like this a lot more cost effective and durable than comparable...
July 20, 2017

University of Lincoln, St. Mark Street – RubberBond Fleeceback

Roof Area: 700m² Building Use: Student Accommodation Location: Lincoln Roof Type: Main Roof Area Approved Contractor:  Direct Maintenance Ltd. The building provides high quality student accommodation on St Mark Street, Lincoln, close to the University of Lincoln Campus and City Centre. The roof was part of a pod type build by Elements Europe enabling a...
July 20, 2017

Cambridge Student Housing – RubberBond Fleeceback

Roof Area: 800m² Building Use: Student Accommodation Location: Huntingdon Road, Cambridge Roof Type: New Build Approved Contractor: Direct Maintenance Ltd. Providing 75 studio and 23 en-suite rooms for CRM Ltd, the largest independent accommodation company in the UK. The roof was part of a pod type build by Elements Europe, enabling a fast project completion...
July 20, 2017

How colour affects the membrane

As a manufacturer of both white and black roofing membranes, Carlisle Syntec, who manufacture RubberBond EPDM remains an advocate for careful selection of the membrane colour that is best suited for different geographies and different building types. Carlisle also suggests full understanding of the effects and properties of white roofing as a part of product...
July 20, 2017

Testing the system – by Duncan Winter of Flex-R

The long-term weatherability and repairability of flat roofing systems continue to be major points of decision making when selecting flat roofing and waterproofing systems. At Flex-R we recently updated our EPDM Product Data Sheets and EPDM Specifications with new Xenon Arc weathering data that more accurately reflects the superior long-term performance of Carlisle SynTec EPDM...
July 20, 2017

Fact & fiction of cool roofs

In the Professional Roofing article titled “Un-Cool Consequences of Cool Roofing,” Samir Ibrahim exposes the truth behind the misconception that reflective roofing is always an effective way for building owners to achieve energy savings and lower their total utility costs, and therefore reduce their building’s carbon footprint. To explain why white roofing is not a...
July 19, 2017

EPDM Evolution in the Repair and Restoration of Aged EPDM Roof Systems

Good roofing practice has always been to tear off an existing roof to the deck and replace it with new material, but that is beginning to change. The age has come where tearing off an older roof may not be the best choice on behalf of the building owner or the environment. Sustainability, the latest...
July 19, 2017

EPDM Lasts – this single ply is hard to beat

Over the last 45 years, Carlisle EPDM has gained industry wide acceptance and respect by providing both immediate and long term roofing solutions. During that time, EPDM has also racked up some impressive figures in the low sloping market. As of last year, roofing contractors had installed over 500,000 warranted EPDM roof systems, representing over...
July 19, 2017

Broadway Campus Roof Refurbishment and New Build – RubberBond Fleeceback

Roof Area: 2060m²  Building Use: Broadway Campus Location: Dudley Roof Type: Refurbishment & New Build Approved Contractor: EHS The project was a mixture of existing roof renovation and new build work on The Broadway Campus. Based in Dudley Learning Quarter, the face of Dudley has changed by creating a dedicated campus for students’ right at the...
July 19, 2017

Bethany School Roof Refurbishment – RubberBond Fleeceback

Roof Area: 450m² Building Use: School Location: Cranbrook, Kent Roof Type: Refurbishment Approved Contractor: T Robinson The school has numerous individual buildings with a low pitch slop. The original roof had a bitumen felt covering that was failing due to age. The school undertook  a programme of works with T. Robinson an Approved RubberBond FleeceBack...
July 19, 2017

Academy Roof Replacement – RubberBond Fleeceback

Roof Area: 1,750m² Building Use: School Location: Coventry Roof Type: Refurbishment Approved Contractor: Complete Roofing The roof area was split over different buildings to Woodlands Academy, Coventry. Each roof had a box gutter detail incorporated around the perimeter. The existing felt surface was left in place to act as a Vapour Control Layer (VCL) and insulation was bonded to the...
June 22, 2017

Sustainability of EPDM

A new Life-Cycle Assessment, or LCA, of the long-term environmental impact of EPDM shows that it performs significantly better than comparable roof assemblies.Equally as important, the study — based on the most up-to-date data supplied by industry and public sources — reports that the environmental impact of EPDM is lower than previously thought. LCA is...
June 20, 2017

Additional Flex-R Facilities

We are pleased to have completed our expansion to our new 17,000 sq. ft. of warehousing and offices in Sands Industrial Estate, High Wycombe. This necessary expansion has allows us to hold additional stock to cater for the increasing demand for DuoPly membranes by our distribution partners. We will still retain the Oxford warehouse to...
June 5, 2017

Leading Architects: Sir Norman Foster

The first instalment of our series on the world’s leading architects looks at the works of Sir Norman Foster, a British born architect world renowned for his ground-breaking interpretations of neo futuristic and post-modern design. Embed this on your website: 450 pixels wide Leading Architects: Sir Norman Foster by Rubber Bond. 955 pixels wide: Leading...
May 9, 2017

The Future Of London’s Skyline

Over the next few years, London’s skyline will change dramatically, so we thought we’d take a look at some of the new buildings that are about to pop up in the nation’s capital as well as showing you where exactly they’ll be developed and outline some of the concerns made by locals who are keen...
March 27, 2017

Cool Office Conversions

Following on from our last infographic The World’s Greatest Residential Conversions, we thought it would be a good idea to then look at commercial properties… So, we have! In this piece, you’ll find some awesome office conversions where architects have seen potential in the most unlikely of places and converted them into a variety of...
February 8, 2017

The World’s Greatest Residential Conversions

With space for new houses becoming more and more sparse, builders and architects are turning to old, unused buildings and converting them into modern, new homes. This is great for two main reasons. 1. Older buildings have so much more character then new builds, so renovating them, or in this case converting them, into new...
2016
December 5, 2016

The Future Is Green, The Future Is Prefabricated

When many people in Britain think of prefabricated homes, they think of the ones built to ease the post second world war housing shortage. Today, Britain finds itself in the middle of another housing crisis and will once again look at prefabricated housing to come to the rescue, with the UK Government set to make...
November 21, 2016

House building needs to increase to meet demand, RICS says

The supply of housing in Britain is struggling to cope with current demand as the property market continues to go from strength to strength. A report conducted by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) surveyed 300 chartered surveyors. It showed that the number of prospective house buyers outweighs the number of properties available on...
October 14, 2016

How To Turn Your Attic Into The Ultimate Man Cave!

Have you ever thought about converting your unused attic into a secret man-cave? Yes, well we’re here to help! In this piece we’ll guide you through everything you’re going to need in order to create the ultimate man cave! We start with showing you some awesome technology to have in your man-cave including things such...
September 14, 2016

The Ultimate Rooftop Garden Guide

There’s never been a better time to construct a rooftop garden. Why? Because the weather conditions are perfect. Right now, summer is coming to a close, meaning plants are no longer in danger of drying out quickly, (as long as you’re staying on top of your watering duties). We’re also a long way off from...
July 27, 2016

Smarter and Greener: The Future of Building

The future of construction could involve swarms of robots and 3D printed houses Microalgae could help buildings generate energy and provide shade Futuristic insulating materials could lower energy needs for buildings This is an exciting time to be in construction. The challenges of a growing world population and increased economic development across the world are...
2014
October 26, 2014

How long did famous structures take to build?

When we travel we can’t help but take elements of our domestic daily lives with us. For those in the construction industry we constantly find ourselves asking ‘I wonder how long that took to build?’ This pragmatic viewpoint has been the subject of quite a few post-holiday discussions at Rubberbond. We wanted to explore this...
June 3, 2014

Environmental Impact

EPDM, one of the most sustainable roofing materials used today in the construction industry. EPDM membranes offer excellent performance throughout the prolonged life of the flat roofing system, with nearly 50 years of real world experience to substantiate that claim. A 2010 Life Cycle Inventory and Assessment study (LCA) showed that black and white EPDM...
May 14, 2014

The World’s Greatest Residential Conversions

With space for new houses becoming more and more sparse, builders and architects are turning to old, unused buildings and converting them into modern, new homes. This is great for two main reasons. 1. Older buildings have so much more character then new builds, so renovating them, or in this case converting them, into new...
May 2, 2014

All roofs were performing like new—after up to three decades in the field

The long-term weathering test recently finished proves that 30-year old EPDM flat roofs are consistently performing well. The ability of EPDM single ply membrane to resist the potentially damaging effects of various climates extremely well. A properly designed, installed, and maintained EPDM roofing system can successfully withstand extreme weather conditions throughout its life. These tests...
April 1, 2014

Making the most of rainwater run-off from a flat roof

The baffling weather of recent years has done plenty to reinvigorate interest in rainwater harvesting systems in the UK, but there is often an assumption that flat roofs will not be suitable. This is not true. For those that are unsure: rainwater harvesting is the process of recycling the water that falls on a property....
February 24, 2014

Reducing condensation within a flat roof structure

Condensation can cause a number of problems within a building, particularly interstitial condensation, which can occur inside the roof’s structure. Over time, this excess moisture can lead to the unseen decay in roof timbers and fixings. It can also have an effect on thermal insulation materials, as the measured thermal performance reduces when increased moisture...
January 3, 2014

RubberBond Flat Roofing Durability Tests

Puncture tests When you are looking for the best materials to use, it helps to see proof of which direction you should be heading. In the case of EPDM flat roofs, that evidence – happily – exists for all to see. No matter why you are looking into EPDM flat roofs – whether you are...
2013
December 19, 2013

Rubber roofing tips: advantages, applications and adaptability

Until recently, it was widely acknowledged that British weather consisted of grey skies and rain clouds. However, in the last few years, it has become more unpredictable. If it’s not torrential downpours in June, then it’s mild temperatures in October – we’ve even seen snow in April. One thing is certain, you can never entirely...
December 11, 2013

Labour councils building twice as many affordable homes

Labour councils are building twice as many affordable homes as their Tory counterparts. Figures gained from a Freedom of Information request by shadow local government secretary, Hilary Benn indicate that Labour-run constituencies have built an average of 403 council houses since the last election, compared with just 201 in Tory-held authorities. According to insidehousing.co.uk, this...
November 21, 2013

Autumn/winter guide to roof maintenance

With the winter weather fast approaching, it is essential that homeowners ensure their roofs are watertight. Even the smallest of issues can develop into bigger problems given the repeated battering that buildings can receive during cold, wet conditions, so ensure your roof is in good condition before the great British weather ensues. Here are some...
November 11, 2013

Construction sector grows at fastest rate since 2007

The British construction industry has unexpectedly taken a turn for the better, experiencing its fastest growth since the economic crash in September 2007. The Markit/CIPS construction PMI rose to 59.4 in October, outdoing economists’ predictions of it remaining at Septembers high of 58.9. According to reports from theguardian.com, the house building market experienced the biggest...
November 1, 2013

Bank of Ireland launches home improvement fund

Bank of Ireland has unlocked 75 million euros in funding for homeowners who wish to conduct improvements on their properties. Independent.ie says the news coincides with a launch for the country’s Home Renovation Tax Incentive Scheme. This will provide an income tax credit to people who wish to carry out work on their homes over...
October 17, 2013

Planning permission should be revoked from land-bankers, says report

Land owners could soon lose planning permission on projects which take too long to be completed. A report conducted by local think-tank Localis has suggested that councils should be given the powers to retrospectively remove planning permission after a certain period of inactivity, so more homes actually get built. According to planningresource.co.uk, it was also...
October 10, 2013

Homeowners in Wales forced to consider environment when building extensions

Welsh property owners that add extensions to their homes will have have to consider environmentally-friendly regulations under new government plans, reports walesonline.co.uk. Housing Minister Carl Sargeant says that anyone extending their homes will soon be expected to meet “improved fabric standards” for walls, roofs and floors along with “consequential” energy efficiency improvements. The announcement could...
September 26, 2013

Average home improvement costs £13,000 to complete

British homeowners are spending an average of £13,000 on single improvements to their property, according to a YouGov survey. Sponsored by Avant Homes and cited by remortgage-uk.info, the research showed that 75 per cent of homeowners in Britain have spent money on upgrading their property. Homeowners aged between 35-44 are the most likely to make...
September 25, 2013

Government seeks ‘interim step’ approach for covering technical standards in housing

Plans for an one-size-fits-all document for technical standards in housing are to be shunned in favour of an ‘interim step’ approach, reports architectsjournal.co.uk. Industry members say the government is complicating matters by providing a stepping stone on route to the Building Regulations, in which the new rules will sit. The announcement will not be welcomed...
September 20, 2013

How the Help to Buy scheme has boosted the construction industry

Since the financial crisis in 2007, the housing industry has struggled. House prices fell because suddenly; no-one could afford to buy a home. This was due to the fact banks became very restricted in terms of to whom they would lend and so most people were not eligible for a loan or were unable to...
September 18, 2013

Key considerations when constructing a garage separate from the house

Building a garage within the boundaries of your home can be a challenging yet rewarding task. It’s more than possible for a homeowner with good DIY skills to construct a top-notch garage themselves and they can potentially save thousands of pounds on fees charged by professional builders. However, in order to ensure that the garage...
September 15, 2013

Solar-powered homes could be built on top of Edinburgh river

A group of solar-powered homes could be built on top of a river in Edinburgh. Local renewable energy firm Sustainable Renewable Technologies (SRT) has released an artist’s impression of the project and will soon begin discussions regarding the necessary planning permission. The properties in the image have flat roofs with solar panels planted on top...
August 27, 2013

The increased demand for housing in the UK

The UK has always had an above-average demand for property, which can largely be attributed to its population density (the volume of inhabitants versus land size). In fact, after discounting Europe’s disproportionately minuscule countries – including San Marino, Vatican City and Monaco – the UK has the third densest population in the whole of Europe...
July 27, 2013

London residents end up victors in tribunal over repair rights

A number of residents in Hackney have won the right to choose which companies carry out major works on their homes, according to hackneygazette.co.uk. Initial plans from the council to get legal dispensation to enter into a ‘long-term contract with its own arms-length management organisation Hackney Homes Limited (HHL)’ came under fire from residents who...
July 26, 2013

Nursery suffers damage after thieves steal lead from roof

West Lothian Police is appealing for information from the public following the theft of lead from a nursery roof in Livingston earlier this week. The incident took place at around 5:40am on Tuesday morning, where three men were seen pushing shopping trolleys full of the lead down Ladywell East Road, Livingston. Although police recovered the...