EPDM, also called Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer, is a popular roofing material commonly used in commercial roofing. This single-ply membrane, or simply “rubber roofing,” has been used in low-slope roofing applications for decades, thus protecting residential and commercial structures. Why is EPDM roofing popular, and why should you consider it? Experts in commercial and residential roofing share the benefits of EPDM rubber roofing:
Typical EPDM roofing material is cheaper compared to other commercial and residential roofing materials such as Metal, PVC, Modified and Built Up Roofing. As a single-ply material, it is easy to install, thus lowering installation costs. In addition, the material can sometimes be recycled for new EPDM roofing.
EPDM requires little maintenance compared to other roofing materials. After it is installed, a once a year walk through to check the roof and keep the drains, scuppers and gutter clean is all you really need. As with any roof system, scheduling a maintenance regimen can prolong its lifespan.
Non-reinforced EPDM membranes can sometimes be recycled. Ballasted EPDM roof systems are the most ideal, since there are no adhesives on them to interfere with the recycling process. Recycled EPDM can be used in a variety of other rubber products, like playground rubber mulch, yoga matts, and a variety of other products. This makes it one of the most eco-friendly roof systems available!
As with any roof system, the thicker the membrane, the better. If properly installed by a reputable contractor, EPDM roofs can be warranted from 15 to 30 years. Combined with a regular maintenance regimen, the heaviest duty EPDM roof systems can last beyond 30 years.
Due to its rubber membrane, EPDM tends to be relatively strong and resilient. Its rubber-like structure provides the flexibility of bending around pipes, skylights, and corners and is even resilient enough to resist extreme weather temperatures. The membrane can withstand temperatures ranging from -58° to 312°.
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When your EPDM material reaches its lifespan, we can review your project and come up with replacement options and recycling options if applicable. Contact Chaffee Roofing, and we will guide you through your new roofing construction plans. Chaffee Roofing has installed every imaginable roofing material the market has to offer, and you can always learn what systems are available.