What Is EPDM Roofing?
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EPDM is a rubber membrane used for low-slope roofs. It is extremely fatigue and puncture resistant and can last twenty years or more without needing replacement.
It also resists the sun’s rays so it doesn’t absorb heat like other roofing systems and can save energy in the winter.
It can be installed in one of three ways: ballasted, fully adhered or mechanically attached. Roofsimple uses fully-adhered EPDM systems which provide the best uplift resistance.
EPDM is one of the longest-lasting roofing materials available and is durable enough to stand up to harsh weather conditions. It has a high resistance to fatigue, punctures and ozone degradation.
It also has a high level of flexibility and elasticity, which means it can easily stretch to cover a flat or low-sloped roof. This makes it a great option for areas where there is often expansion and contraction in the building structure.
Contractors can install this roofing in several ways, with ballasted systems being the least expensive. This involves loosely placing the membrane over the insulation and then stacking concrete pavers or river-washed stone on top to add some weight. The other installation methods are more involved, with mechanically fastened or fully adhered systems being more costly.
These types of systems will need regular maintenance and repairs, which can be quick and simple. It is recommended that these are done by a professional to avoid water intrusion problems and to help extend the life of the roof.
EPDM is a synthetic rubber roofing membrane that is very resistant to weather conditions like hail, UV radiation and thermal shock. EPDM roofs are also highly fatigue and puncture resistant and have a long lifespan with very few repairs.
This is one of the reasons why EPDM is so popular in commercial roofing. It's very easy to install and costs less than many other commercial roofing materials. It comes in large 10' x 100' rolls, reducing installation time and the number of seams.
In addition, black EPDM roofs absorb sunlight and help reduce energy bills while white EPDM reflects sunlight to keep the building cooler. It's important to schedule a routine inspection and preventative maintenance to extend the life of your EPDM roof. This can include cleaning, drains, scuppers and gutters, as well as looking for any tears or damage that could cause leaks in your facility. A roofing professional will be able to perform this work without interrupting your business.
EPDM is an energy-efficient roofing choice. Its black surface absorbs sunlight and helps save heating costs, while white EPDM reflects heat and keeps a building cool.
EPDM roofs can be fully adhered or mechanically attached. The fully-adhered method creates fewer seams, making them less likely to leak. The roofs can also be ballasted, with the membrane secured to a layer of crushed stone. The EPDM can then be covered with an acrylic roof coating, which is available in a variety of colors to make your home more visually appealing.
EPDM roofs are incredibly easy to maintain and can last more than 50 years. In addition, they are a great option for environmentally conscious homeowners. The material uses little energy to produce, is 100% recyclable, and requires minimal maintenance over its lifespan. It is also resistant to extreme temperatures, harsh weather, and structural expansion and contraction, which can cause premature failures in other roofing materials. This type of roofing is a smart investment for any homeowner.
When compared to other roofing materials, EPDM is one of the least maintenance-intensive options. It can withstand harsh weather conditions, resisting mold and mildew growth and remaining resilient under extreme temperature variations.
It also has very few seams, making it easier for professional roofing crews to work on and limiting the risk of leaks. As an added bonus, the material is lightweight so roof deck reinforcement may not be needed, lowering installation costs even more.
As far as cleaning goes, this type of roof can be easily washed down with water and soap to clear away debris and dirt. As with all roof systems, though, regular inspections are required to ensure the integrity of the membrane. If you do have any punctures, they can be patched using either standard membrane patches that require adhesive or pressure-sensitive patches with the adhesive pre-applied.
EPDM is a rubber membrane used for low-slope roofs. It is extremely fatigue and puncture resistant and can last twenty years or more without needing replacement. It also resists the sun’s rays so it doesn’t absorb heat like other roofing systems and can save energy in the winter. It can be installed in one of…