What Is EPDM Roof Coating
Learn more about an EPDM rubber roof coatings and how it can help protect your home
EPDM rubber roofs have been on the market for decades, and there is a reason that people today still choose them as one of the best types of roofs to protect their homes.
If you are in the market for a brand new roof or roofing repair, Allied Roofing Solutions wants you to get the best roof replacement to be the ultimate weather protector for your home. We have everything you need to know about EPDM roof membranes and how their fully adhered system protects your home.
What is EPDM Roof Coating?
EPDM, or Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer, is a durable synthetic rubber roofing membrane used for residential roof repairs and replacements. Due to its long-lasting and superior durability, easy installation method, energy efficiency, and affordability, EPDM rubber roofing remains one of the most popular choices for homeowners looking for low-sloped, flat roof repair or replacements.
What is a Synthetic Rubber Roofing Membrane?
EPDM membranes are made out of an eco-friendly mix of slate dust, sawdust, and recycled tires to produce an impenetrable rubber roofing material. The EPDM rubber roof is a single-ply membrane that is installed in just a large sheet of one layer onto the entire low-slope roof.
There are four layers to an EPDM membrane:
- Elastomer bottom layer that offers flexible rubber texture.
- A fire-resistant layer above the elastic layer.
- The top layer of polyester fabric reinforces the strength of the membrane.
- An optional black and white fourth layer lays on top to reflect sunlight.
Customers can opt for the white EPDM roof layer that reflects the sun's heat, or the black layer that works to absorb heat. Both black and white rubber offer advantages to the home or business it protects, so be sure to ask your EPDM roofing contractor which roofing material is best for your low-sloped building.
How Does an EPDM Roof Protect Your Home?
Thanks to the thicker membrane of rubber roofing material, it's the optimal way to protect your residential or commercial buildings. The extremely durable and superior resistance protects the surface beneath, offering a greater sense of security to the people and possessions beneath your flat roof.
New Jersey residents know firsthand how living in a climate that experiences multiple seasons can affect their roofs. Extreme temperatures of cold weather and the UV radiation from warmer months can produce falling debris and other outside elements that break down the roof over time. Applying a high wind-resistant and ozone-resistant EPDM rubber roofing membrane offers great benefits to your building.
Advantages of EPDM Roofing Systems
There are many benefits to installing an EPDM roofing membrane on your home.
Customers who choose EPDM roofing products will experience the following advantages:
- It's a fast and easy job for your roofing contractor to apply EPDM membranes.
- Rubber membranes are significantly lighter materials than asphalt shingles.
- The long-lasting materials can protect your roofing system for 30+ years.
- In comparison to TPO and PVC roofing systems, EPDM roofing is the least expensive option to install.
- EPDM roofs offer the least expensive repair costs.
- Environmentally friendly, EPDM roofing is ozone resistant.
- The white EPDM and black EPDM membranes both offer energy reduction benefits that will lower your heating bill and overall energy costs.
- There is a wide operating temperature range for roof protection.
- The entire roof system is fire-retardant.
- The large, fully adhered sheets of EPDM offer high wind resistance.
Disadvantages of Having an EPDM Roof
Like all types of roof installations, EPDM does have a few drawbacks to consider, although they are significantly lesser than the advantages offered by a rubber roof membrane.
Some disadvantages of EPDM are:
- The large sheets of black or white rubber offer something to be desired in terms of appearance.
- EPDM offers poor resistance to petroleum-based products.
- Thinner membranes of EPDM can puncture easier, so opting for a thicker membrane is ideal.
- Although it is fast and easy for professional roofing contractors to install EPDM, it is not DIY-friendly.
How to Install an EPDM Roof
There are three ways that EPDM roofing can be installed:
- Adhered: The most time-consuming, but the longest-lasting approach to installing EPDM where the membrane is glued to the surface of the roof.
- Mechanically attached: The most common choice for fastening an EPDM roofing product is where the rubber roofing material is screwed into the deck through its insulation.
- Ballasted: Offering the most attractive appearance, ballasted EPDM roofing includes loose-laid stone and concrete pavers on top of the insulation materials.
Working with a skilled and knowledgeable EPDM roofing system professional, you can discuss the goals for your residential building to determine the best installation method for your flat roof replacement.
Contact Us to Help Protect Your Home with an EPDM Roofing System
Are you in interested in EDPM roof coating? If your low-slope roof needs to be repaired or replaced, our New Jersey roofers can install a rubber roof membrane for you at a fair and affordable price. Call Allied Roofing Solutions at 201-773-0633 to request a free estimate on your new EPDM roof.