Everything you need to know about EPDM Roofing

Ethylene Propylene Diene Terpolymer that is commonly known as EPDM roofing is a popular solution of commercial nonresidential roofing in low slop buildings. Over the years, EPDM roofing reviews have been great, and it has been a top choice of not only architects but also of contractors and roof consultants. Though, this roofing solution is mainly used for commercial buildings but recently homeowners have also started to prefer this style.

EPDM roofing material mainly constitutes of Ethylene, Propylene, Diene Terpolymer which are synthesized to form a roofing solution. Professional experts are required to install the EPDM roofs. There are different methods namely mechanical attachments, fully adhered, or ballasted for EPDM roofing installations.

EPDM roofing material is quite light, fire resistant, recyclable, and usually black in color but there is an option of white EPDM color coating as well. Acrylic paints or in many cases latex based paints can be used to paint these roofs as well.  

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A whole sheet of the EPDM is normally installed to cover the full roof area. Liquid adhesives or special tapes are used at the seams of the roof to completely attach the EPDM roofing material with the walls to form a strong joint.  It is recommended that installations of such roofing’s shall be done on dry sunny days to allow for effective bonding at joints. As the minimum numbers of joints are required in the installation of such roofs, these roofs provide best waterproofing in comparison to other types of roofing solution.

EPDM roofing costs depend upon several factors that include area of the roof, number of penetrations, and insulation layers required in the roof, and if the current roof is required to be removed. As per the various companies, cost of installation of these roofs could vary from $ 4.00 to $ 10.00 per square feet. You can invite bid from several vendors to get different proposals for your roofing solution and decide what seems best keeping all the relevant factors in mind.

Performances of EPDM roofing’s in actual field conditions have been excellent and these roofs have longest average service life and work with minimum maintenance. These roofing solutions are environment friendly and significantly require usage of recyclable material. The EPDM roofing material used can also be recycled once the life of the roofing system is complete. This roofing solution is also known to help reducing the electric cost as EPDM material can reflect the sunlight and heat, thus helping in having inside temperature comparatively less than other roofing solutions.

One more advantage of installing EPDM roof is that its cost is significantly less than the most other types of roofing and can endure for more than 50 years in most of the cases and almost maintenance and damage free during its long lifetime. In case of some rare cut or tearing of roof due to certain reasons, the repair is easy. Though professional help would be required for repair, but the costing is reasonable and there is no damage to the roof.    

So, anyone looking for a ‘Green’ roofing solution that is resilient, durable, flexible, and lasts long, EPDM Roofing is the one to go for.