EPDM Warranties Explained (And Why It’s So Popular)

Apr 12, 2021
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The industry market for waterproofing membranes, like EPDM roofing, was worth $7.5 billion in 2018. The value of the industry is projected to increase to $14 billion by 2026.

Considering the explosion in popularity for roofing membranes, especially EPDM roofing membranes, it’s not surprising. According to the EPDM Roofing Association, over one billion square feet of newly installed EPDM roofing is laid down every year. 

Over 35% of the entire American roofing industry is concentrated in the EPDM waterproof membrane roofing market. The EPDM roofing market is still growing in Europe but currently commands a 12% share of the roofing market.

EPDM roofing is relatively inexpensive to install, environmentally friendly, and designed to last many decades. That is why EPDM warranties are just as popular as the material.

Before we explain EPDM warranties, let’s talk briefly about EPDM in general.

What is EPDM?

EPDM is an acronym that stands for ethylene propylene diene monomer. It is a synthetic and highly durable synthetic form of rubber. If you have ever heard the term, “rubber roof,” it was probably a reference to the EPDM waterproof roofing membrane.

EPDM is most commonly used on low-sloping flat roofs on residential and commercial buildings. Flat roofs are multi-tiered structures of complex design with a waterproof membrane at the top, the EPDM materials. 

EPDM roofing materials are resistant to extreme weather elements, abrasion, ozone, ultraviolet radiation, and even hail.

What is an EPDM Warranty?

An EPDM warranty is a guarantee to replace or repair the roofing for free or at a reduced cost over a specific period of time. The exact details and conditions of an EPDM warranty differ from issuer to issuer.

Why Are EPDM Warranties So Popular?

EPDM warranties can last from a few years to multiple decades. In some cases, EPDM membrane may be warranted for up to 40 years, depending on your requirements. Some EPDM warranties can be adjusted to cover high wind erosion, abrasions, punctures, and even hail as well.

EPDM warranties cover the cost of replacing durable and long-lasting materials. Because EPDM roofing materials are eco-friendly, inexpensive, and relatively easy to obtain, replacing those materials won’t break the bank when warranted. 

Along with synthetic rubber, EPDM roofing materials can be made from recycled tires, sawdust, and slate. In addition, any necessary repairs may be minimal because EPDM roofing materials are UV resistant.

Many EPDM warranties can be affordably and conveniently extended when necessary. 

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Do you want to learn more about EPDM roofing or warranties? 

Contact Chaffee Roofing today.

Our roofing experts and professionals have decades of experience and know how to assist you. 

Schedule a roof inspection with Chaffee Roofing today.

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