The Basics of EPDM Roofing

Whether it’s your home or a commercial building, when the roof is leaking, you want it fixed quickly and efficiently. Before you go replacing the entire thing or relying on other expensive methods, consider using EPDM Roofing.

What is EPDM Roofing?

EPDM stands for ethylene propylene diene (the “M” refers to its class as a rubber). It’s a kind of synthetic rubber that is extremely elastic. This elasticity makes it applicable for a wide range of uses. It is especially favorable for when a tight seal is needed, whether to keep out the cold, the elements or chemicals. One of the most common places you can find EPDM rubber being used in your daily life is in vehicles. Their doors, windows, trunks and even hoods are generally sealed with the rubber.

EPDM Roofing is manufactured in sheets that can be as wide as fifty feet and as long as two-hundred. This makes application extremely easy, as it only takes a strong adhesive to glue the sheets of rubber to the roof.

The Benefits of EPDM Roofing

EPDM Roofing is easy to apply and, unlike many competing roofing systems, it can be done with just one coat. You won’t need to apply, wait for a solution or adhesive to dry and then reapply again later. In fact, as soon as the roofing is applied, it will be ready to protect your building from the elements.

Unlike other popular methods, there is no need to heat EPDM rubber before applying it. Heating can be a threat to the people applying it, the building it’s being applied to and those inside of it.

Like liquid rubber roofing, EPDM Roofing can be applied to just about any kind of structure. Whether the roof is low or steep sloped or has an unusual form like a dome or other geometrical shape, EPDM is up to the task.


Potential Drawbacks
Though there are many benefits to using EPDM rubber to augment your roof’s effectiveness, there are some other things to consider as well. The actual installation can be pricey, as you will need an experienced professional to handle it. Depending on where your building is, this kind of professional can be hard to find. Make sure you pick a reputable installer by asking for references. As there is no special certification that goes along with learning how to apply EPDM to roofing, many will simply claim they know how after a single apprenticeship.

If your roof has exposed piping, HVAC units or other protruding features, be sure this is addressed with the professional before they begin applying. These features do not make application impossible, but they can cause it to be more difficult. Any lapses where these protrusions are will make for easy leaks.

Whether you have a home that needs protection or a commercial building whose roof could use some help, EPDM rubber roofing is one of the best options out there. The application process means it will be ready to battle the elements as soon as it’s laid down. The material itself is impenetrable and will last for decades to come.