When it comes to your business, you need to make smart, informed decisions that maximize the return on your investment while protecting your bottom line. That applies to everything from the people you hire to the construction materials used to build the brick-and-mortar location that houses your company. When it comes to your business’ roof, you have a number of options. EDPM roofing is one of those, but is it the right choice for you?
The Lifespan You Need
Perhaps the single most important reason that you should consider EPDM roofing for your business is that it delivers an immense lifespan for less than you would spend on most other types of roofing. Where bitumen, and tar and gravel systems might last 10 years, and asphalt shingles may begin to fail around 25 years of age, a rubber roof can last 50 years or even longer when it is properly installed and maintained over time. That offers a significant return on your initial investment and protects your profitability.
EPDM roofing is very cost-effective. It costs less per square foot than most other roofing options on the market, and yet lasts longer than most other materials, too. And, while some maintenance is necessary, it’s low cost and not particularly involved. Over the lifetime of your roof, it’s possible that EPDM will save you tens of thousands of dollars.
Excellent Temperature Performance
The roof of your business experiences dramatic temperature fluctuations on a day to day basis, as well as season to season. This cycle of heating and cooling will damage, and even destroy most roofing materials over time. Not so with EPDM. With that being said, it is not completely impervious to the elements. Long-term exposure to the sun will eventually dry it out and it will start to become brittle, but regular maintenance will prevent this from being an issue.
Reduced Need for Maintenance
As mentioned, maintenance of an EPDM roof will be necessary, but it is not particularly involved. This material is highly resistant to most threats that would damage or destroy traditional roofing materials. It resists punctures, tearing, abrasions, and temperature fluctuations very well. An annual inspection is needed to make sure there is no damage that must be repaired, and it may be necessary to recoat areas that are damaged over time, but this costs just pennies on the dollar when compared to the maintenance of a regular commercial roof.
It’s a Green Solution
Finally, an EPDM roof is a green roof – not in the sense that it must be used to grow plants (although it is frequently used under rooftop gardens and other green areas), but in the sense that it includes a significant percentage of recycled materials. This prevents additional landfill waste and related pollution.
EPDM also has no VOCs (volatile organic compounds), which are known to cause health problems in many people. It’s also an ideal solution for underlayment beneath solar panels, ensuring a good, tight fit and no leaks. All of those benefits help your business operate greener, and save money, but they can also be important points for proving corporate responsibility to your clients or customers.
In the end, EPDM roofing is an excellent solution for virtually all businesses. Whether you have a flat roof or a pitched roof, there is an EPDM thickness that’s perfect for your needs. It offers reduced costs in range of ways, from installation time to maintenance costs, is greener than many other roofing options, and will stand the test of time for 50 years or even longer.