When you hear people talking about “rubber roofing,” what they are usually referring to is EPDM (Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer). This flat roofing system is a single-layer membrane, adhered to your commercial roof using an acrylic bonding agent. This might all sound very sciencey, using far too many words, so let’s break it down to something using plain English: EPDM roofing offers outstanding protection for your commercial property, no matter the weather. Whether your flat is subject to rain, sleet, hail, or the summer sun; you can count on EPDM to offer superior protection.
EPDM it is one of the easiest roofing systems to apply when it is done with the care and expertise of a qualified, licensed contractor like John Beal Roofing. This is even true for roofs with unusual layouts. Because EPDM is easy to install, it is also one of the most affordable flat roofing options on the market. The easier it is to install commercial roofing, the more you save in time and materials! John Beal Roofing is particularly good at saving money in this way, as we work hard to use only as many materials as possible, reducing costly waste.
Of course, one of the biggest challenges of EPDM is that it can create the need for greater heating and cooling, raising the monthly bill for property managers and tenants alike. The black rubber soaks up the sun’s rays like a sponge, raising the temperature of your property, and creating additional need for cooling. This might be a “hidden cost” of EPDM roofing that property owners & managers should consider. White EPDM may also be an option, so talk to your John Beal Roofing contractor about what roofing systems are available and right for your property.
While EPDM is performs well in wet conditions, overtime three is still a chance for it to develop a leak. The average lifespan of an EPDM commercial roof is 10 to 15 years, with problems arising near the ends of its life, as it sustains damage and begins to wear out. Most of the leaks and problems that come from EPDM flat roofing are centered around the seams that are present in this type of installation. They tend to be more vulnerable to splitting than the heat-welded seams used with TPO and PVC. Talk to your John Beal Roofing contractor about what warranties are offered by manufacturers, as some may offered prolonged protections against these kinds of splits and leaks.
If you’re ready to learn about the benefits of EPDM flat roofing and how it can benefit your property, reach out to the qualified contractors at John Beal Roofing. We’ll walk the surface of your property, making notes about what would benefit you most. We will then help you to review all of the roofing solutions available to you, even providing you with a FREE estimate. As always, our estimates also come with the John Beal Low Price Guarantee! If you can find a better quote anywhere, we’ll match it or pay you $100! See offer for more details*