Top Flat Roofing Materials: EPDM Rubber Roofs

EPDM is an acronym for “ethylene propylene diene monomer,” an exceptionally durable type of synthetic rubber compound used mostly in flat roofing since 1960s,. It is primarily made of reclaimed materials, including tires, slate dust, and sawdust.

Top Flat Roofing Materials: EPDM Rubber Roofs

Top Flat Roofing Materials: EPDM Rubber Roofs

Roofing is EPDM’s most popular application, as it is very inexpensive while offering excellent performance characteristics.

Since it doesn’t need to leverage gravity the way asphalt shingles to, EPDM rubber roofing is particularly well-suited to flat roofs and roofs with low slopes. Indeed, it is the best flat roofing solution in commercial roofing.

Advantages of EPDM Rubber Roofs

Made of recycled and reclaimed raw materials, environmental friendliness is one of EPDM’s clearest advantages. This is just one of many benefits. Others include:

  • Affordability. EPDM rubber is one of the least expensive roofing materials on the market.
  • Energy efficiency improvements. Since it forms an insulation barrier, EPDM rubber helps prevent heat transfer, keeping your home cooler during the summer and warmer during the winter.
  • Durability. Resistant to wind, hail, fire and ozone damage, EPDM roofs are designed to last between 25 and 30 years.
  • Ease of maintenance. In addition to being a low-maintenance material, EPDM rubber is very easy and inexpensive to repair.
  • Lightweight design. EPDM rubber roofing is very lightweight compared to other options on the market. It puts far less stress on your roof than most alternative materials.

EPDM Rubber Roof Installation Tips

EPDM roofing can be installed in one of three ways: it can be attached mechanically, installed fully adhered, or ballasted together. The EPDM roofing membranes are sealed off with specially formulated tape adhesives or liquid bonding agents.

Since EPDM rubber roofing is sold in large sheets that reach up to 50 feet in length, it is far easier to install than many other roofing materials. However, it is important to note that most manufacturers recommend installing EPDM rubber roofing over top of OSB sterling board or clean plywood. Its adhesives work best when paired with these roof decking  materials. Thus, you might need to add a new roof deck layer if your current decking isn’t made from one of these compounds.

From there, you’ll need to prep the surface by removing all traces of existing shingles and making sure the roof deck is clean and uniformly flat. Then, simply apply the adhesive and unroll the EPDM rubber roofing material. You’ll enjoy best results if you supplement the adhesive with some click-together roof trims.

Of course, it’s always a good idea to hire a professional to install your new EPDM roof. Professional installation will extend your new roof’s lifespan, and it also ensures you’ll get the best possible performance from your new roof.

Are You Considering EPDM For Your Property?

If you’re looking for a contractor with flat roofing installation expertise, consider All Roofing Solutions, a family owned & operated Delaware roofing contractor with nearly 20 years of experience. In business since 1998, we provide roof, gutter, siding & window installation and repair services to residential & commercial customers taking great pride in what we do.

We proudly serve homeowners throughout Delaware and southeastern Pennsylvania, and look forward to discussing your low-slope roofing repair project!

Call 302-725-ROOF (7663) in Delaware or 610-551-ROOF (7663) in Pennsylvania for a free estimate!

Roofing Replacement: 7 Tips for Hiring the Right Contractor

Roofing replacement is one of the biggest home improvement investments a homeowner will ever make. Replacing a roof is a costly project you want done right, so finding a skilled contractor at a fair price is your top priority, if you want to be successful.

Researching local contractors may take some time and effort, but as you evaluate your choices you’ll soon narrow the list down to few contractors whom you can ask for comparable estimates in order to make the final decision.

It’s important to know what to look for in a roofer–and what questions to ask. And today, we have some guidelines to help you down that process.

Roofing Replacement: 7 Tips for Hiring the Right Contractor

7 Tips for Hiring the Right Roofing Contractor

Here are 7 tips for finding the best contractor for your roofing project.

  1. Make sure your roofing contractor is licensed by your state.
  2. Check if they carry adequate roofing insurance. Ask about both indemnity (liability) and worker’s insurance, noting the coverage end dates.
  3. Check the length and types of warranties they provide. Both materials and workmanship warranties can vary greatly, and some roofers offer comprehensive systems warranties as well. A minimum warranty of one year is standard for the roofer’s labor, but many roofers offer longer warranties.
  4. Request personal references. An experienced roofer should be able to provide multiple local references. Checking online reviews at sites like Google Local, Yelp, InsiderPages or Yahoo Localis also a good idea.
  5. Ask who will do the actual work: do they have their own team or is there a subcontractor? If the latter, ask the contractor to supply subcontractor contact information, and ask the subcontractor all the same questions.
  6. A comprehensive written estimate should detail the start/completion dates, materials to be used, labor cost, permits, workmanship guarantees, material guarantees and cleanup expectations. Getting multiple roofing estimates is key – only by comparing identical information you will know who is the best fit for the job and what the project is going to involve in terms of cost.
  7. Check specific qualifications. Some roofing manufacturers require certification and training in the installation of their products. Make sure that your roofing contractor has a proven experience in installing your particular roofing material. Bonus: trade organizations membership, and a good standing with the local Better Business Bureau (BBB).

Need a Roofer You Can Trust?

If you need an experienced Delaware or Pennsylvania roofing contractor, well versed in the art of shingle roofing installation, call All Roofing Solutions.

We offer generous warranties, top-quality materials and experienced installation professionals who get the job done right the first time.

What Sets All Roofing Solutions Apart

  • Customer Satisfaction Guaranteed!Family owned and operated Delaware & Pennsylvania roofing contractor.
  • Fully licensed and insured.
  • Nearly 20 years of experience with roofing & siding installation and repair.
  • A+ rated BBB member
  • Complimentary Extended Material warranty
  • 30 year workmanship guarantee on full roof replacements
  • Lien Waver to protect the homeowners from material liens
  • Own crew – no subcontractors!
  • Handling all types of residential and commercial roofing, windows & siding projects.
  • Most re-roofing projects are completed in one day.
  • Because we are efficient we are able to offer very competitive prices comparing to large contractors with bigger overhead.
  • Each roofing/siding projects includes a meticulously performed, post-roofing inspection. We want to make sure that your roof replacement is done correctly and that it meets with your complete satisfaction.
  • All projects are supervised by company owner to ensure high quality workmanship.
  • Customer Satisfaction Guaranteed!

Call 302-725-ROOF (7663) in Delaware or 610-551-ROOF (7663) in Pennsylvania to request your FREE estimate! And don’t forget to ask about our discount of $400 off any complete roofing job!

 

Residential Roofing: Top 3 Roofing Insurance Claim Mistakes to Avoid

When your roof has been damaged in a strong storm, the last thing you want to worry about is how to pay for repairs. Dealing with water damage to your home is stressful enough.

Yet, filing an insurance claim is often a necessity and, therefore, it’s critical to educate yourself on common errors homeowners make that can lead to claims being rejected. The unfortunate truth is, the number one cause of insurance companies not paying on a claim is because of mistakes made during the claim process.

Residential Roofing: Top 3 Roofing Insurance Claim Mistakes to Avoid

Top 3 Roofing Insurance Claim Mistakes to Avoid

Before filing a claim, always contact a roofing inspection contractor to assess the damage.

The #1 mistake homeowners make when their roof is damaged is calling the insurance company first. Homeowners should actually call their roofing contractor first and have them assess the damage, then create a thorough estimate that details every bit of damage and how much it will cost to repair it.

Armed with a professional assessment of the damage, you can then file a claim to get your repairs covered – you will have a complete picture of your property’s condition, and the claim you submit will be accurate. 

Most insurance policies have a certain period for filing a claim, so make sure to file it as soon as possible.

Documentation is key when it comes to insurance, and it’s also vital to thoroughly understand your rights as well as your responsibilities when it comes to issues like warranties and policy protections.

Problem #1: Insufficient Documentation

One of the most common and costliest mistakes homeowners make when it comes to filing roofing-related insurance claims is failing to provide adequate documentation. If a roofing problem has led to significant damage that you’re looking to cover under your home insurance policy, it is generally your responsibility to demonstrate beyond a doubt that the issue was not caused by your own negligence.

To this end, home insurance experts recommend that you regularly document the condition of your home. It is a good idea to update this documentation on an annual basis, and to collect evidence that shows you are making a good faith effort to keep your home in good condition. Specific to roofing, it is a good idea to take photographs that show the condition of the roof, as well as the condition of connected and underlying structural elements. If a problem occurs, you should also document the damage in photographs so the claims adjuster has a visual point of comparison that shows the condition of your home both before and after the problem.

It is also important that you take prompt corrective action if you detect a minor roofing problem that could lead to damage down the road. Leaks and cracks should be repaired immediately. If you choose to do DIY repairs, keep receipts that prove you purchased repair products, and take before-and-after photos to show the work. If you hire a contractor, keep a copy of the invoice on hand, and be sure it details all work the professional performed.

Problem #2: Inadequate or Expired Warranty

Another common mistake arises from incomplete understandings of product warranties.

Sometimes, homeowners file insurance claims after learning that a manufacturer’s warranties had expired or did not cover the nature of the problem that arose – truth is, natural events are usually not included in these warranties. Always be sure you completely understand the coverage provided by product warranties, as well as their limitations, exclusions and exceptions.

Your home insurance provider may not cover you if an unexpected warranty coverage shortfall resulted in damage that could have been prevented.

Problem #3: Hiring Shady Contractors

Finally, ask any contractor you hire about their own insurance coverage, and find out whether or not there is any possibility that you might be liable for injuries, accidents or property damage that occurs during the execution of a roofing project. Most contractors carry comprehensive insurance, but some professionals offering unusually low rates are able to offer their rock-bottom prices by going light on things like insurance coverage.

Take your time and find a roofing contractor that has a good reputation within the community, is able to provide references, and has experience working with insurance adjusters on roofing claims.

Be proactive, ask questions, and keep documentation. This will make it far less likely that you will encounter problems when filing a claim.

Let Us Assist You

If your roof has been damaged, contact All Roofing Solutions before calling your insurance company. We are a family owned and operated Delaware roofer with nearly two decades of experience in residential and commercial roofing. We will help you navigate your way through the roof insurance claims process!

We know how to spot minor or even hidden signs of roof damage. We will inspect your roof thoroughly, and prepare a detailed assessment for your insurance company. And we will be on your side through the entire process until your insurance claim is approved.

Call 302-725-ROOF (7663) in Delaware or 610-551-ROOF (7663) in Pennsylvania for a free estimate!

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