EPDM is extremely durable and superior to most roofing in almost every way imaginable. EPDM stands for Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer, but that’s not very helpful, is it? Ultimately, EPDM is a synthetic rubber roofing that is common in commercial buildings. There are many benefits to using this type of roofing, but of course, there are always some things to consider as well.
Why Choose EPDM?
We already spelled out what EPDM stands for, but what it really is, is a type of rubber used for flat roofing. This roofing material is not common among homes, especially in the New England area, because of the need for pitched roofing. Commercial businesses, however, use flat roofing, and they often use EPDM.
Synthetic rubber has a much higher level of durability than other roofing types and can withstand many natural elements. Not only does EPDM handle cold temperatures and snow well, but it can handle high temperatures too. It can withstand most hail damage and is less likely to pull up from wind damage. Finally, it’s fire-resistant and can actually slow down a fire.
Overall, EPDM solves many of the problems that people experience with roofing. You won’t lose shingles. You won’t need to be wary of shingles cracking in extreme cold. As a bonus, it’s widely accepted as one of the most environmentally friendly roofing options available!
Disadvantages of This Type of Roofing
Some disadvantages include shrinkage, installation costs, and it’s not visually appealing. EPDM is best for flat roofing that can’t be seen from the ground level. That can ensure that its unsightly appearance isn’t out on display.
Installation costs are often a serious setback for commercial building owners. However, these owners might consider it more of an investment because of how well the roofing material holds up to damage. After installation costs, and even with its hardy nature, EPDM roofing should have twice a year inspections. Any puncture or tear can compromise the integrity of large portions of the roof.
How Do Contractors Install EPDM?
Installing EPDM is a time-consuming task, and the team installing your roofing can choose the system that works best for them and your climate. It’s possible to glue the roof onto the existing surface. Then there is the option to mechanically fasten the roof into place, and finally, to use a loose lay-over that may have stones to help keep the insulation in place.
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