That’s sure a fancy-sounding collection of words, isn’t it? Maybe we can skip the technical jargon and just call it what it is: EPDM. But, that doesn’t clear things up does it? Well, EPDM is a kind of roofing system that is renowned for its incredible durability and cost-effectiveness. It was invented way back in the 1970s, and has continued to be the premiere roofing choice for business with low-sloping roofs, like the ones that you’ll find in a strip mall or industrial complex.
Why Are EPDM Roofing Solutions So Popular?
Like we mentioned, EPDM roofing is incredibly durable, much more so than other roofing solutions that you might be considering. It’s made out of high quality polymers that form a membrane, which can be laid out and bonded in sheets across your low-sloping roof. The sheets of EPDM roofing come in a wide variety of sizes that range up to 50 feet wide. This makes EPDM roofing incredible easy to install for a qualified roofing contractor.
Why Is EPDM Roofing So Durable?
The polymers that make up an EPDM roofing system have a lot of characteristics that make EPDM roofing solutions resistance to a great many things. EPDM roofs are:
- Heat and fire resistance: This solves a big safety concern that you’ll find with other roofing solutions, which may be tar or asphalt based. Also, EPDM’s heat resistance goes a long way toward helping you reduce your business’s energy costs.
- UV light resistance: This factor of EPDM also contributes to its ability to help your business lower its energy costs. Moreover, resistance to UV light allows your roof to withstand the harmful rays of the sun, which can degrade other roofing solutions over time.
- Ground-level ozone resistance: Ozone is another thing that can have adverse effects on other roofing solutions. You won’t find this problem with an EPDM roofing solution.
- Weather resistance: You roof is going to be exposed to the elements 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. So it’s important that your roofing solution be incredibly resistant to foul weather, which is something that an EPDM roofing system can offer you.
As you can see, EPDM roofing systems offer the gamut of resistance. That’s why many of the EPDM roofing system that were installed when it was first invented are still doing their thing on the roofs of businesses today.
What if My EPDM Roofing System Needs Repairs?
In all likelihood, your EPDM roofing system should require minimal maintenance. But, if you do find yourself in a position where repairs will need to be made, you’ll find that a licensed contractor will have an easy time doing them. Your roof will first need to be washed, as this will ensure that the products used to repair your EPDM roof will bond appropriately to this roofing system’s surface. After the EPDM roof has been washed and repaired, a protective coating will be placed over the repairs. In the end, you’ll likely find that your repaired EPDM roof is just as good as the roof was when it was first installed.