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