This is article 1 of 3 in our EPDM Series:
What Is EPDM Roofing and Why Should You Choose This Option?
An EPDM (ethylene propylene diene monomer) roofing system is commonly referred to as rubber roofing. There are many roofing manufacturers that offer their very own EPDM membrane for roofing.
Below are the reasons why you should choose an EPDM roofing system:
- Quick and simple installation process
EPDM roofing systems are seamless. Since they come in one piece, roofing contractors get to avoid field seaming. This alone reduces the time and effort it takes for your roofing contractor to install this roofing material.
Another reason why EPDM installation is fast and easy is that it does not require any flame. Instead of using heat, your roofing contractor will have to use a cold-applied adhesive. Check out our blog on how to adhere EPDM to EPDM HERE.
Not only does this make the installation fast, but it also ensures that the process is 100% safe and odor-free. Cold-applied roofing adhesive is a recent trend and is widely accepted for its benefits.
Our CGW Series (Seen Here) would be a great option here in this roof because it has a piece of EPDM (or TPO) mechanically fastened to the bottom of the support. That will give you a protective barrier between the roof and the support. It also gives you the ability to adhere to the support to the membrane without any penetration.CGW Series
- Very flexible and lightweight
Foot traffic is a huge problem that causes damage to commercial roofs. In an effort to prevent damage, many commercial building owners limit foot traffic on their roofs to a minimum.
They only allow specific personnel to go up to their roofs. During extreme weather conditions, these people take extra care to avoid causing roof punctures. An EPDM roofing system by Marks Commercial Roofing is flexible and lightweight.
Flexibility is a feature that allows this roofing material to be installed even in cold temperatures. This means that you can perform an EPDM installation all year round. Also, due to its flexibility, this roofing system can withstand excessive building movements.
Being lightweight at the same time, EPDM roofing places no stress on your commercial building.
- Resists punctures and leaks
If you’re planning to install a garden over your flat roof, consider getting an EPDM roof. They’re highly durable, especially if you choose a thicker EPDM.
This resistance against tears and punctures even increases if you prefer to install a TTR (Tri-Thermal Roofing) system, stronger roofing that combines EPDM and spray-applied polyurethane foam. With the added spray polyurethane foam roofing, all possibility of leaks will be eliminated.
An EPDM roofing system is a reliable barrier against water and moisture. Remember that when water enters your building, other problems occur such as mold, pest infestation, and equipment damage.
- Looks aesthetically pleasing
Did we mention that EPDM material looks really good for your commercial roof? With this roofing system’s clean and smooth surface, it’s hard not to admire it. Now, your roof will look even all throughout and very professional.
Your EPDM roof will appear more beautiful with your rooftop garden or solar panels in place. Another aspect to note is that this type of roofing system does not easily show off dirt and prevents the growth of moss that is known to harbor moisture.
- Helps you reduce your heating and cooling costs
Because this roofing system resists UV radiation, it will help you benefit from massive energy savings. Hot, southern climates were able to lessen their usage of air conditioning systems.
During warmer and cooler months, you do not have to worry about frequently turning on your heating and cooling systems for your employees to work comfortably. When you invest in an EPDM roofing system, you can consider it as a long-term investment for your business.
If you install EPDM along with a spray polyurethane foam roof, you can enjoy a much cooler environment.
- An environmentally-friendly choice
If you want your company to help contribute to a greener environment, consider an EPDM installation. Yes, you’ll be able to install a rooftop garden (living roof) to further reduce the temperature and improve the quality of air inside your building. The fact that EPDM can be combined with another “green roof” reduces carbon emissions.
Did you know that EPDM roofs last up to 50 years with minimal maintenance? By the time this roof reaches its life expectancy, it can be recycled.
Lastly, don’t forget about a preventative maintenance plan to ensure you keep the roof lasting as long as possible. Check out our last blog about how to identify and clean an EPDM roof here.