Rubber Roofing or EPDM (ethylene propylene diene terpolymer) as it is known in the roofing business offers many advantages over other types of roofing. Many times, rubber roofing can be installed as a single piece so there are no seams or very few depending on the shape and layout of the roof. Fewer seams means fewer places for water to penetrate the roofing and cause problems. Modern rubber roofing is also very resistant to damage from the suns UV and ultraviolet rays. A properly installed rubber roof can last 50 years or even longer. Rubber can also withstand very high winds and even hail up to 3 inches in diameter.
The price of rubber roofing can very well be the biggest advantage, comparing very favorably to most other types of roofing. The material cost is relatively low compared to other types of roofing and the newer styles are lightweight and easier to install which can reduce the labor costs. Another savings can come from the efficiency. An EPDM rubber roof reflects the sun’s heat, especially the lighter-colored roofs designed for residential use, saving you money on cooling costs over the life of the roof. EDPM also insulates, trapping in heat to reduce heating costs during colder months. Modern rubber roofing is designed to take both extremes of cold as well as heat so you wont have to worry about the rubber freezing or cracking under extreme temperatures.
Going Green with a Rubber Roofing
EPMD is also one of the “greenest” roofing choices that a business or homeowner can make. The rubber itself takes less energy to produce than most other roofing materials and is often made from recycled materials. Another benefit is that the roof is 100% recyclable at the end of its long life. Rubber roofing is available in a variety of thicknesses from 45mm all the way up to 90mm.
Another benefit is that rubber roofing is fire resistant and are nearly impossible to set afire, even with a lightning strike. EPMD is resistant to all forms of fire and can help slow the progress of fire to the point that help has time to arrive. Business and homeowners should check with their insurance provider to see if there is a rate reduction for installing an EPDM roof.
Rubber Roofing Maintenance & Repairs
Almost all roofing materials require some maintenance over the years, but rubber requires little if any care. The most maintenance that is generally required is to repaint the roof with acrylic paint once every 10 to 12 years.
In the event that you do end up with a leak in your rubber roof repairs are fast and easy which makes them relatively inexpensive. Many times the only thing needed to make the repair is a tube of liquid rubber. There is also a special tape the is designed for rubber roof repair and can be used in some circumstances.
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