What is EPDM Roofing?
EPDM roofing material is a flexible synthetic rubber roofing membrane that is highly durable. Also known as rubber roofing, EPDM is made from ethylene and propylene and manufactured using oil and natural gas. For over 50 years, EPDM roofing membranes have been chosen for low slope commercial properties. Consider EPDM roofing for these critical benefits as you are re-roofing your building or building a new structure.
Cost & Energy Efficient Roofing Solution
EPDM solutions typically cost less than other commercial roofing materials at about $5.00 to $8.00 per square foot. Other materials on the market, such as TPO, PVC, and metal, are typically around $5.50 to $8.50 per square foot. While that may not seem like a significant difference, depending on the size of your roof, that cost difference could quickly make an impact.
EPDM is cost-effective in multiple ways. Due to the material’s energy efficiency, a properly installed roofing system will reduce energy consumption in numerous ways. In the summer months, EPDM reflects heat while remaining breathable, keeping your building cool and allowing heat to escape. EPDM keeps your property warm in the winter by acting as an additional insulator and preventing moisture from entering your property, thus lowering your heating costs.
Easy To Install & Maintain
EPDM roofing installations remain one of the most affordable options due to their ease. Because EPDM comes in rolls of 10’x100′, your contractor can roll the roof out on the building and install it by either adhering, mechanically attaching, or loose lay and securing with a ballasted surface. As this install is relatively quick, it will not disrupt daily operations. Click here to get a free quote to repair or replace your EPDM roof.
This type of roofing requires very little maintenance in comparison to other roofing materials. However, scheduling a regular maintenance plan will extend its lifespan. Unlike other roofing materials that degrade over time and cannot be altered, EPDM can be repaired at any point in its lifetime. An adequately installed EPDM roof can last for around 20 years. If you invest in a preventative maintenance plan, EPDM’s UV resistance allows it to last up to 50 years.
Durable & Resilient
EPDM roofing systems are flexible and durable. Properly installed EPDM can flex and bend around gutters, pipes, and skylights, ensuring that your roof will be as secure as possible. Properly installed EPDM can withstand extreme climates and weather cycles, and it is known to withstand temperatures ranging from -58 ° to 302°. EPDM has been known to display quality wind uplift resistance.
EPDM roofing systems are also fire-resistant, making them ideal roofing solutions for properties where wildfires are common. Often wildfires spread from building to building via roofing materials as even a tiny wisp of flame carried by the wind can ignite an entire roof. Therefore, fire-resistant roofing options have become highly sought after. EPDM is preferred as it does not lose its fire resistance over time as similar materials will.
It is typically hard to use the terms “rubber” and “environmentally friendly” in the same sentence, but EPDM is the exception. Not only is it environmentally sustainable due to its longevity (less re-roofing means fewer materials in the landfill), but EPDM is one of the only materials that can be fully recycled once it reaches the end of its lifespan. You are assured that very little goes to a landfill once an EPDM roofing system is removed.
Interested in EPDM Roofing? – Find a Commercial Roofing Contractor
You should always review the EPDM roofing manufacturer, but you also need to research and find a commercial roofing contractor to install your new EPDM roof. After all, you can have high-quality materials, but if it’s not installed correctly, the roof will still fail before reaching its entire lifespan
Know how to find a good roofing contractor? Consider their qualifications, experience, and reliability. Read reviews and ask around for references. Also, ask if they offer any labor warranty for their work. This is important because almost every roof warranty is product-based and backed by the manufacturer, not the roofer. If the contractor is unwilling to stand behind his work with a warranty, move on.
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