flat roofingWhether you’re a professional builder or a DIY homeowner, you’ll find that EPDM offers a sustainable and long-lasting roofing solution. EPDM (ethylene propylene diene terpolymer) is a synthetic rubber roofing membrane commonly used in low-slope building structures, among other applications. It is a durable and economical choice for commercial and residential flat roofing membrane applications due to the following details:

Flexibility

You can bend EPDM easily to conform to the contours of the roof structure, making it an ideal choice for flat roof membrane installation. It can actually stretch up to three times its normal length. With its anti-compression properties, an EPDM roofing system is so flexible it can be installed on any type or size of roof.

Heat and ozone resistant

As a barrier to heat, ozone, and UV radiation, an EPDM roofing system can perform extremely well. Generally, exposure to heat can cause rubber materials to crack after some time. Most EPDM roofing membranes, however, show no signs of cracking or splitting even after years of use.

Water and chemical resistant

EPDM roofing systems have an excellent water resistant quality. They can withstand constant immersion in water. As it is also impervious to chemicals, EPDM is suitable for industrial roofing installations. EPDM is resistant to strong alkalis, many acids, alcohols, and ketones.

Temperature resilient

EPDM’s qualities that make it resistant to water, UV rays, and pollutants also allow it to withstand extreme temperatures. It can retain its form and structure in temperatures ranging from -40º C to 120ºC.

EPDM rubber is not only cost-effective, it’s also easy to install as it does not need any special tools. You won’t need torches, hot asphalt, or other materials. If you’re installing the material on your own, you can do so easily with the help of a pair of scissors, a tape measure, a paint roller, a bucket, and adhesives. EPDM roofing systems require little to no maintenance. When installed properly, they can last for up to 50 years.

Resources:

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