EPDM Roof Solutions
EPDM (Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer) is a synthetic rubber roofing membrane that is common in low-slope buildings throughout the United States and the rest of the world. This versatile, single-ply material is best known for its superior durability, flexibility, and resistance to extreme temperatures. EPDM is available in both black and white and is sold in a variety of different widths and thicknesses.
Over the years, EPDM has become increasingly popular due to its longer-than-normal lifespan and low cost. If properly maintained, a typical EPDM roof system can last up to 30 years, which is far longer than most other similar single-ply membranes. EPDM can be installed fully adhered, mechanically attached, or ballasted, with the seams being sealed with adhesives or special tape.
One drawback to EPDM roofs are their black color. A black roof has virtually no ability to reflect the sun’s UV rays causing extreme heat on the roof surface—and ultimately inside the building. This constant exposure can lead to premature breakdown of the roof membrane and eventual leaks at the seams and penetrations. Fortunately, EPDM roofs are great candidates to receive a fluid-applied roof restoration system.