You have no shortage of roofing options today. Conventional asphalt shingles are the most common, but you might also choose sheet metal, natural stone, or any number of other choices. However, EPDM roofing might be the better choice for your home. Why is that? What benefits does EPDM roofing offer over other types on the market?
1. Long Lasting
One of the most important reasons to choose EPDM roofing is that it offers a very long lifespan. Most applications last a minimum of 17 years, but a little TLC can ensure that your roof will last for much, much longer. And there’s very little maintenance required during that time. Regular cleaning is really all that you’ll need to do.
2. Impact Resistant
Most types of roofing are subject to impact damage. Natural stone like slate can crack and chip when a limb or other debris impacts it. Metal can be easily dented. Asphalt shingles are easily punctured. EPDM roofing is impact resistant, giving your home more defense against debris from storms, falling limbs and other threats. Even if something somehow manages to puncture the coating, repairing the damage is as simple as applying another layer of liquid EPDM to the area, which can be accomplished in mere minutes.
Most forms of roofing are waterproof, but only to an extent. A puncture in a shingle generally means a water leak into the substructure of the roof. A leak along the edge of slate shingles means water penetration into your home. A damaged seam or incorrectly installed/sealed flashing on metal roofing means water entering your home. EPDM roofing is completely waterproof, though. What’s more, it is waterproof from the minute it is applied to the roof, providing you with protection against moisture instantly.
4. No Seams
Many types of roofing have seams – anytime you must join two pieces of material, there is a seam involved. The problem is that seams tend to leak over time. They’re the weakest point in your roofing system. With EPDM roofing, you don’t have to worry about seams. This liquid roofing material is rolled or sprayed on, and is completely seamless. That means less worry about degradation, no need to check your seams annually for damage and more peace of mind about the quality and durability of your roof in general.
5. Temperature Stable
EPDM roofing is capable of handling temperatures that range from 40 degrees below 0 to 300 degrees F. That means you never need to worry that your roof will be damaged by extreme temperatures.
EPDM roofing offers a number of significant benefits. It is cost effective, simple to apply, and long lasting. Its durability is second to none in the industry, and the fact that it is impact resistant makes it an ideal solution for residential roofing in areas prone to tornadoes, hurricanes and other strong storms where wind-blown debris might damage the roof of a home. It is also perfectly suited for commercial roofs, and can be used to prevent damage from ponding water on flat roofs.