As you will learn from your professional roofing company, all low-slop roofs require greater weather protection than their high-pitched counter parts. EPDM roofing involves the application of single ply EPDM (common abbreviation for Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer) to deliver tougher waterproof roof surfaces. Once the professional roofing company installs the rubber roof, you can expect it to last for decades on end without weathering and deterioration. Not only will you get flexible rubber even in frigid weather, you will also not have to part with a ton of money because installation costs are generally pocket-friendly.
Why EPDM Roofing
As mentioned earlier, EPDM roofing systems are highly durable and versatile. They also offer maximum durability and strength. You also have the option between white and black EPDM. As you choose, however, keep in mind that white EPDM absorbs less heat than black EPDM.
The professionals at any given roofing company have been using EPDM for more than 40 years now. During this time, rubber roofs have proven to be longer lasting than other roofing systems. With the increased emphasis on sustainable building materials, this option also stands the test of time.
Roofs made of EPDM are also highly resistant to all weather types, as well as UV rays. Should you find a leak, you can also easily patch your EPDM roofs. This will spare you the agony of prolonged repairs, and the accompanying costs.
Installing EPDM Roofing
Your roofing company of choice should be able to fall back on different ways of installing your roof. Of course, the methods will vary depending on the type of roof and the material being used. Still, the 3 main ways of applying these systems include:
i) Mechanical Fastening
ii) Ballasting with Stones
iii) Full Adhering to the Roof
Recent splicing techniques (where rubber sheet seams are attached) in EPDM roofing installation has also improved on the durability of the material. Additionally, since EPDM is stable in all temperatures, your roofing company should be able to install it in all climates.
Advantages of EPDM Roofing
Whether you are looking for commercial roofing, or just need a roof replacement for your recreational vehicle, EPDM is a great solution because:
a) You will get 10 to 30 year product warranties from most roofing companies
b) It provides security whenever you attach it on fire retardant den decking
c) It lasts a long time, if installed properly
d) At an affordable new roof cost, you can easily coat the surface with elastomeric to extend the life of your EPDM roof by up to 40 to 50 years
Disadvantages of EPDM
However, it also has a number of flaws, including:
a) The black variety holds heat and must, therefore, be coated to reflect the heat and increase its life span
b) Might fail at the seams after exposure to water and ice due to adhesive failure
c) It is highly flammable and, as such, requires Class A fire retarding underlayment
d) The roof replacement cost for EPDM roofing might be relatively more expensive than other flat roof membranes especially if you get a roofing company to professionally install your EPDM roofs
Overall, EPDM roofing is an ideal solution. Although you might have to pay a little bit more to get this service from a professional roofing company, you will still enjoy the durability, sturdiness and weather resistance that come with such types of roofs.