I want to install EPDM rubber (1/16 thk) on my shed. I need about 10'x10'. But I cannot get an answer on what adhesive to use. I talked to 2 roofing companies, but they never gave me an answer. I was told that asphalt based adhesive will destroy the rubber. Can you help me to figure out what to use?
Forget about it. EPDM is too picky.
EPDM is a complex roofing product that requires a variety of fairly specialized chemicals to work together.
I have a feeling you got all excited when you saw the square foot price for just the rubber membrane. Then you researched and priced the approved glues and other kit... and found out that would quadruple the price! And that makes rubber more expensive than shingle, and more like the cost of high performance roofs like metal. Yeah, it's like that. But it is a high-performance roof, if you can keep the "stupid" away.
"Stupid" is any misuse of another chemical. Tar is the #1 enemy of rubber roofs, and many roof "products" are actually made of tar even though they really work hard to dodge admitting that.
Our poor nonprofit had a new $12,000 rubber roof - should've been a 30 year roof, a welcome respite to 2 decades of roof problems. Except one genius thought the black roof made the building too warm, and painted it silver. With cheapie RV roof coating (you know, the $90 for 5 gallons stuff which is tar). Utterly destroyed the roof. The rubber became brittle and parted from the (expensive) glue holding it to the OSB, started moving around, cracked, and leaked. Voided the warranty of course. Patching it is hopeless, more tar only makes it even worse, and proper rubber patches won't stick to the silver/tar topcoat.
This is what the local roofing supply company sold me:
EPDM X-23 Low-VOC Bonding Adhesive is a high-strength, solvent-based contact adhesive that bonds EPDM membranes to various porous and non-porous substrates. It is compatible with InsulBase® and SecurShield® polyisocyanurate insulation, APA non-fire treated plywood, structural and lightweight insulating concrete, oriented strand board, wood fiberboard, SECUROCK®, DensDeck® Prime, masonry, and various metal finishes. EPDM X-23 Low-VOC Bonding Adhesive is easily applied with a 9" (228 mm) medium nap roller, creating a strong adhesive bond between the membrane and substrate.
I am posting this, so it might be helpful to others. I am not promoting this company. It's just an example.