Many people purchase new sheds and outbuildings for their yards or garden. Once the building has been erected, the new roof must be installed. EDMF is a synthetic fabric, very much like a durable rubber material, and is a popular choice for using as a cover for the roof of a shed or outbuilding. EDMF sheeting is easy to install, inexpensive, and impervious to outdoor weather. Let's look at three ways to fix EDMF sheeting to the roof of a new shed or outbuilding.

A Note Before You Begin

The size of the rubber roofing will be already cut to fit the size of the new building, so you don't have to worry about cutting it to length. When unpacking, you have to allow the rubber to acclimatize to the outdoor temperature. Do this by positioning the EDMF over the whole roof, ensuring that the sides are hanging over the edge a little. When it is in this position, you should leave it for around forty minutes.


The first option is to use adhesive to secure the roof material in place. Remember, when working on a roof, always be aware of any potential dangers that could lead to an accident. Begin by rolling one section of the rubber sheeting back, so that it exposes the roof underneath. Roll (or fold) it up and back over the center of the roof, so it can be placed on the other section of sheeting. Use a roller brush to apply the adhesive to a section at the top of the exposed area, and unroll or unfold the sheeting. Work backwards, making sure the rubber is tight and not creased.


If you prefer not to use adhesive, you can nail the rubber sheeting to the sides of the shed. You may have to fold the rubber first, to ensure that you have a smooth and crease free surface on the roof. Clout nails are ideal for this job, and they are short and wide, and offer a good grip for the rubber.

Wooden Battens

The last option for installing the rubber roofing to the shed is by using wooden battens. The battens should match the rest of the roof, color wise. Use four battens, one at each corner, and clamp the membrane between the batten and the building. Hammer these into place, ensuring that the rubber is tightly spread across the roof.

For the second and third options, it is a good idea to work with a second person, so that they can secure the rubber sheeting as you tighten and fix it into position.