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The benefits of EPDM rubber roofing systems

EPDM rubber roofing systems are used primarily in commercial roofing. The main ingredients from which this system derive its name, ethylene propylene diene and terpolymer form an effective barrier against the elements for low slope roofs. Although it is a relatively recent invention, decades of use prove its effectiveness.

Roofs coated in EPDM are more resistant to hail and storms and are heat and fire resistant. This improves a building’s ability to weather the storm without accruing damages and protect its inhabitants in the event of a fire. Its flexibility when low temperatures hit means, it is also appropriate for the cold winter temperatures in New England. The initial cost of installation is a worthwhile investment when building owners consider the damage that they can avoid by utilizing this system. Normal weathering and abrasion caused by ozone in the air, the ultraviolet radiation of the sun, and drastic changes in temperature and weather conditions can be mitigated using EPDM rubber roofing systems.

This system, applied as a rubber membrane over top of the existing roof, can be applied in either black or white and comes in a variety of widths and lengths to accommodate any size. It can be fully adhered using liquid adhesives, or attached mechanically. Seams can be sealed using either liquid adhesive or specialty tape. These systems must be installed correctly by an experienced contractor in order to function as intended, so it’s important to trust the installation to a company with experience. Shingled roofs can pose particular difficulties with installation, as adding a rubber roof on top of the shingles can eventually cause leaks. This solution is more appropriate for flat or low slope roofs that have been designed without shingles.

Not all roofers are trained in EPDM installation, and only those who have proper experience and training are qualified to install this roofing system. Improper installation will mitigate the positive effects of this system, causing leaks and likely necessitating frequent repairs or even replacement. Find someone who knows what they are doing. Contact John Bean Roofing to learn more about the benefits of EPDM for commercial roofing, and get a quote from qualified and experienced contractors today.