A flat roof presents a unique challenge to home and business owners alike. A flat or low-slope roof does not possess the natural moisture-deflecting abilities of a pitched roof, and is more prone to leaks. Flat roofing materials must be highly resistant to moisture to keep the roof dry. A popular choice for flat roofs that does the job very well is EPDM.
Pros and Cons of EPDM Roofing?
EPDM is short for Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer, a synthetic rubber. This black roofing material has been used by skilled roofing contractors since the 1960s, and is a top pick for commercial roofing.
EPDM provides a range of benefits over shingles or slate for a flat roof:
- Resistance to moisture, mildew, and ozone damage
- Energy efficiency
- Cost effectiveness
EPDM can be installed directly over plywood board, making roof installation relatively quick and cost-effective. Asphalt, tar, felt, or shingle roofing must be removed prior to the application of EPDM. The petroleum content in these roofing materials can cause the rubber roofing to swell, rendering the roof unstable.
The downside to using the rubber material comes only in a very few circumstances. Climates that are consistently humid or extremely wet may not be the ideal site for an EPDM flat roof. Dry conditions are required for proper installation of the rubber adhesive. Faulty installation can cause bubbling, blistering, and tearing of the EPDM. Hire a professional experienced in flat roofing installation to avoid these problems.
Ready to Install EPDM?
All Roofing Solutions is a Delaware and Pennsylvania roofing contractor experienced in installing, repairing, and inspecting a variety of roofing materials, including flat and low-slope EPDM.
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.
Call 302-725-ROOF (7663) in Delaware or 610-551-ROOF (7663) in Pennsylvania for a free estimate!