EPDM is a popular roofing material for flat commercial roofs. EPDM stands for “Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer”. It is a rubber membrane that is very durable. It is one of the top choices for modern roofs. EPDM has the roofing industry’s longest average service life. In fact, it has been a popular choice in the industry for over forty years. The roofing material has a long life expectancy of 20-25 years. Over the forty years that EPDM has been around, it has proven its ability to endure lots of hazards. This includes hail, ozone and weather wear, , and extreme heat. It is also able to stay flexible in cold temperatures.
Besides its durability, one of the reasons that it is popular is because it is typically simple to apply to roofs. Repairing EPDM involves using one of two methods
- The splice adhesive method – With this method a black rubber glue is applied directly to the damaged membrane.
- Peel and Stick method – This uses adhesive pieces. This newer method is faster and better and lasts longer.
Despite the simplicity of EPDM, we advise against amateur roofers repairing EPDM roofs. There are a couple of reasons for this.
- Working with flat commercial roofs takes specialized knowledge, and
- EPDM is only sold through distribution to professional roofers and contractors. It is designed to be worked with by professionals and may come come as a 1,000 sqft. roll.
EPDM is available in both black and white, but is usually seen in black.
As professional roofers, Summit Commercial Roofing knows how to repair and reroof buildings with EPDM roofs. If you have a roof with this material that needs work then let us come out and take a look. We will give you a quick quote at a competitive price. We are professionals who stand by our work. Contact us now to get a quote.
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