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EPDM Commercial Roofing Systems

EPDM Commercial Roofing Systems

COMMERCIAL WATERPROOF ROOFING REPAIR AND REPLACEMENT

EPDM ROOFING SERVICES

Flat roofs allow for a wide variety of materials that can be used during installation. One of those is EPDM rubber, and it’s perhaps one of the most popular materials for commercial roofs not only in Florida but across the country.

What Is EPDM Roofing?

EPDM stands for ethylene propylene diene terpolymer. In other words, it’s a type of rubber. While its two primary ingredients, ethylene and propylene, are derived from oil and natural gas, the rubber membrane used on a roof is typically made from recycled materials, including tires, sawdust, and slate dust.

EPDM roofs come in two colors, black and white. Black EPDM is usually the more popular choice due to its low cost, but white EPDM is on the rise since it provides a cooler option. In Florida, that can be particularly useful. White EPDM actually enhances UV resistance, allowing for your roof to be naturally cooler. If installed correctly, white EPDM roofs may also reduce HVAC costs without sacrificing strength or longevity of your roof. Typically, EPDM roofs have a lifespan of 20 years.

Pros And Cons Of EPDM Roofing

If you are thinking of using EPDM for your commercial roof, consider the following pros and cons of the material.

Pros:

  • Low Cost: The biggest advantage of EPDM is its cost. In fact, EPDM rubber is one of the most inexpensive roofing materials available.
  • Quick and Easy Installation: Compared to other roofing systems, EPDM roofing is quick and easy to install.
  • Low Maintenance: As EPDM rubber is fairly durable, it’s pretty low maintenance. It does not scratch or scuff easily, and if there is any damage to it, repair is usually a simple and quick fix.
  • Works Well Against the Florida Sun: While black EPDM roofs run on the hot side, both black and white EPDM roofs are quite resilient to UV rays. Damage from the Florida sun is usually minimal on EPDM roofs.

Cons:

  • Appearance: The biggest drawback to an EPDM roof is its appearance. If you’ve never seen an EPDM roof, it looks like an inner tube stretched out across your whole roof. For some buildings, this isn’t an issue, but for many businesses that place a high value their building’s appearance, EPDM roofs may not be advised.
  • Black EPDM Roofs Run Hot: Because the Florida sun is relentless, black EPDM roofs are going to be especially hot.
  • Easily Damaged by Falling or Flying Debris: Florida summers have very aggressive thunderstorms, and we get the occasional hurricane or tropical storm that comes through our area. EPDM roofs are especially prone to falling debris. If something lands atop them, they’re easily punctured and damaged, requiring a need for immediate repair.

If you’re thinking about installing a EPDM roof on your commercial building or if you’re in need of a repair, our roofing division welcomes the opportunity to educate you of your options and earn your business.

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