Why Choose an EPDM Roof System
EPDM, which stands for ethylene propylene diene monomer, remains a popular commercial roofing material choice. It’s single ply and known for its rubberlike texture. Although it might not seem like much of a covering, it does have benefits.
1. Resistance to Elements
It will not scratch or tear easily, and puncturing it would be difficult. Therefore, it does protect against hail, wind, flying debris and other elements. It also seals well around vents, pipes or other rooftop openings, which shields you, your employees and your clients from leaks.
EPDM materials provide UV light damage prevention, which slows down deterioration and discoloration. Your EPDM roof will eventually need repair or maintenance, but the UV protection lengthens the time between upkeep.
Not all roofs can withstand the temperature range that an EPDM roof can. It can hold up to -58 degrees in extreme cold, and it does expand and contract. Its flexible material is what prevents it from breaking apart, which can cut down the number of times you will have to replace it.
An EPDM roof can handle up to hundreds of degrees in extreme heat. This allows you to keep the interior of your buildings at the proper temperature in warmer months without as much air conditioning usage. It will help you conserve power, which lowers your overall commercial operating expenses.
2. Reduces Landfill Waste
Two primary ingredients include ethylene and propylene made from oil and natural gas. However, the materials for new commercial roofs often come from old ones. This material reuse not only reduces landfill waste but also lowers the cost of commercial roof repair or replacement.
3. Easy Installation
Whether you need a new roof or replace sections of an old one, its lightness makes it easy to install. What’s more, you can apply the version with the built-in adhesive, and it does come in rolls. It’s also not difficult to size it into sections you need or to add it to your entire roof.
4. Adhesive and Fastening Options
If replacing an entire flat roof, you could first strip off the old adhesive and all evidence of the prior materials. Then, start from the beginning. EPDM takes well to various adhesives, such as latex membrane or roofing glues, and it works well with fasteners. You have options when wanting to make sure you install your roof and ensure it stays sealed, which improves its weatherproofing ability.
EPDM Roofing Composition
Not all EPDM roofing compositions have the same proportions. However, they typically consist of materials such as sawdust, slate dust and recycled tires.
If you have questions about EPDM roofing and if it’ll work for your commercial building contact Rosie’s Roofing today.