What Is EPDM Rubber Roofing?

 Ethylene propylene diene terpolymer (EPDM) is an extremely durable synthetic rubber membrane that’s used as a weather-resistant, cost-effective roofing material. EPDM is a plient, impermeable, insulating material which makes it an ideal roofing material. An EPDM rubber roofing system can be white or black, and installed either fully adhered, mechanically attached, or ballasted.

What Are Key Advantages of EPDM Rubber Roofing?

  • Lightweight but durable. EPDM membranes are resistant to wind, hail, UV radiation and extreme temperatures. That means a watertight, worry-free roof for decades.
  • Just how long? EPDM rubber roofing system lifespans are among the best in the industry at 30 years or more.
    They are resistant to mold, mildew and standing water that can cause larger issues if left unaddressed.
  • EPDM rubber roofing systems are stable, yet expand and contract with a building as it ages and settles.
  • It’s versatile and available in a variety of thicknesses, from 45 to 120 millimeter thickness, and EPDM roofing systems can easily fit on a variety of building types and roof shapes.
  • The material is not only fire resistant, it can actually impede the progress of a fire.
  • In addition to all of these benefits, EPDM also tends to be a lower-cost option for building owners. In many cases, it is the most cost-effective, long-term solution for a building.
  • Owners can expect a boost to energy efficiency when they install an EPDM roofing system. It’s an insulator, keeping the building cool in summer and warm in winter. White EPDM roofing systems also reflect sunlight to further cut into energy bills.

Installation Methods

Mechanically attached:
The roof membrane and insulation layer are installed using mechanical fasteners that secure both layers onto the building. This is a low-cost, effective solution.

Fully adhered:
First, the insulation layer is attached to the building, then the roof membrane is bonded to the insulation layer using an industrial adhesive. This can be a good solution for low- and steep-sloped roofs.

Ballasted:
The roof membrane is held in place using a layer of rock ballasts to hold the rubber sheets in place. It tends to be the most cost-effective solution, given the speed and simplicity of installation.

Why Choose Standard Roofing

Overall, EPDM roofing systems are a popular, cost-effective solution that will provide decades of protection for your property.

If you think an EPDM rubber roofing system is the best option for you, you’ll want to work with experienced, professional roofers. While EPDM roofs are highly effective, they are only effective if they are installed correctly. Workmanship is always more critical than the materials that are used for the job. The team at Standard Roofing and Restoration has been working with EPDM rubber roofing systems for decades, and we can ensure that the roof we install will be long-lasting and leak-free. Contact us today to get started!