Guide to EPDM Roofing
Many people have reached out to us to know what an EPDM roof is and if it’s the right choice for their property. This article covers some of the commonly asked questions.

What does EPDM stand for?

EPDM is the abbreviation for Ethylene Propylene Diene PolyMethylene and is an extremely durable synthetic rubber roofing membrane. The two primary components in it- ethylene and propylene, are derived from oil and natural gas.

Is the installation process tedious?

When properly done, the installation is quick and non-intrusive. The single-ply membrane can be fully adhered, mechanically attached, or ballasted. They usually hold well for 25-30 years but don’t forget to vet the contractor’s and manufacturer’s warranty before you install the roof. Damage like premature shrinkage can be covered under the manufacturer’s warranty and save you a lot of money.

Does it require a lot of maintenance?

Apart from any problems that can happen due to improper installation, the EPDM roofing materials are extremely durable, resist mold and damage, and are easily repaired. Due to it having larger panels and fewer seams, the chances of the roof leaking prematurely is low.  Please note that non-reinforced EPDM tends to be easily punctured (by careless foot traffic or dropped tools, for example). Still, otherwise EPDM roofing is noted for being hail-resistant, and rubber roof membranes are among the easiest to repair.

Are there choices in colors?

Not really. EPDM roofs are primarily black due to the addition of carbon black during manufacturing. But the carbon black is integral to the excellent lifespan of rubber field membranes and protects the roof from UV rays. There are white EPDM membranes that are made by adding titanium dioxide instead, but it’s less common and more expensive in comparison.

Should I get an EPDM roofing?

EPDM roofs are a popular choice for low-slope buildings in the United States. They can’t necessarily be called energy-efficient but are suitable for properties in colder climates where heat absorption would be beneficial in reducing interior heating costs. The rubber is highly durable, naturally fire-resistant, and highly resistant to wind uplift. So overall, it’s a good choice for commercial roofing.

Deciding what kind of roof your property would require is best done after expert consultation as many factors must be considered. But we hope this article gave you a broad overview to help you make the best choice ultimately.

To get a quote on how much an EPDM roofing would cost for your property or have a consultation, call us at (330) 542-4200.
 

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