Ethylene propylene diene monomer, or EPDM, has been a popular low-slope roofing material of choice for commercial properties for over 40 years now. Typically referred to as “rubber roofing,” EPDM has several advantages that make it an appealing choice for commercial property owners. Here are some of their great qualities.
Resistant to Temperature Extremes
EPDM can withstand exposure to temperature extremes, making it ideal for installation in areas that experience hot summers and freezing winters. EPDM adapts to temperature changes, thanks to its inherent flexibility that allows for expansion and contraction without breaking.
EPDM only requires a single layer of material for installation, which allows installation on roofs that can only accommodate limited loads. This also speeds up the installation process as well as allowing installation on contoured or non-standard roofs.
If you own a high rise, you will appreciate the high wind uplift resistance of EPDM commercial roofing. This means there’s a lower chance of the roof and seams getting torn off by high winds, thus reducing the likelihood of spending on roof repairs every time there’s a storm in the area.
Unlike many commercial roofing options, EPDM requires periodic maintenance only once every few years. This makes EPDM the ideal roofing material for commercial property owners or managers who find their annual maintenance budget to be a bit bloated. The less frequent maintenance requirements make EPDM a budget-friendly roofing choice.
Long Life Span
EPDM has an expected life span of about 30 years or so and it remains flexible throughout. Following the prescribed maintenance schedule helps extend its life span, which further helps with the upkeep cost of your commercial property.
EPDM is fully recyclable. When it’s time to replace your EPDM roof, little, if any of it, will end up in landfills.