EPDM rooftops are a common choice for many different types of commercial buildings and offer plenty of advantages for the right low-slope roof. They’re often called “rubber” or “rubber rolled” rooftops, although this isn’t entirely accurate. EPDM is actually made out of compressed recycled tire materials and a variety of fillers (sawdust, etc.), all held together with a substrate. Here’s why this building material is popular, and the specific advantages it may offer your building.
The recycled nature of EPDM’s rubber roll materials makes it very affordable. In fact, it’s often one of the most affordable roof materials for commercial buildings, which is one of the reasons it has become so popular. If your business is looking to save on a roof replacement or roof construction, EPDM should certainly be on the list.
EPDM also has one of the easiest roof installations out of any low-slope materials. Essentially, professionals apply an adhesive and roll out the rubber layer, then wait for it to cure. There are a couple of different advantages to this process. First, an easy installation is always good because it can avoid weather issues and reduce labor costs. Second, it’s a great choice for a roof that needs to be totally stripped down because of damage or leaks – EPDM doesn’t need a lot of reinforcement materials, so it can easily be installed on a “bare” roof with little trouble. Also, it’s easy to cover with a ballast, like stone or other materials, which can improve the appearance of the roof and provide some customization options.
It may not be surprising for a building material that’s often made out of recycled tires, but EPDM is fairly tough. It’s resistant to scratches and punctures. If a leak does develop, it’s also easy to quickly repair, patch, or even replace whole sections. The material is also resistant to UV damage from sunlight, making it a strong choice if a roof gets a lot of sunlight. Hail tends to bounce right off without causing any damage, and cold temperatures don’t have much effect on the roof at all. If a previous roof struggled with damage related to these problems, an EPDM roof might be a better alternative for a replacement.
It’s Great at Avoiding Ponding Problems
Ponding occurs when a low slope roof doesn’t slope quite enough, sometimes due to age or the shape of the materials, etc. Rain falls on the roof and instead of sliding off, it collects in a small pond that lingers on the roof until it evaporates. This is dangerous because ponding greatly encourages leaks and can age a rooftop very quickly, along with encouraging the growth of moss and algae. Fortunately, water tends to roll right off EPDM and its minimalistic nature means that angles are easy to manage, so there aren’t any spots where water can collect.
Do you have any more questions about EPDM roofing, or how much a particular project might cost? Do you want to replace your current roof? Schedule your commercial roof inspection with MG Roofing today to learn more!