EPDM roofing systems, or ”rubber roofing,” are a type of thermoset roofing membrane that is an effective roofing material for flat and low slope commercial roofing. EPDM systems are made from a compound called ehtylene propylene diene terpolymer (EPDM), which is where the roofing system gets its name. Rubber roofing comes in sheets in widths ranging from 7.5 ft. up to 50 ft.
EPDM systems are manufactured to adhere to the ASTM D4637 standard, or the Standard Specification for EPDM Sheets Used in Single-Ply Roof Membranes. To pass this standard, manufacturers must pass various tests intended to measure the effectiveness of the membrane against the weatherproofing and fire resistance specifications set by ASTM.
Although EPDM systems can prove to be very effective commercial roofing systems, it is paramount that you have your EPDM roofing system installed by an experienced rubber roofing contractor. A rubber roofing contractor will be experienced in proper installation techniques, which will ensure your EPDM roofing system will last protect your facility for years to come.
- Low price?
One attractive feature of EPDM roofing systems is, of course, the low price tag. And, because EPDM roofing systems are effective and low maintenance throughout their working life, the lifetime cost is low as well.
- Ease of installation and maintenance?
Proper installation and maintenance techniques will lengthen the working life of your EPDM roofing system. Your rubber roofing contractor will properly prepare the work area before installing the EPDM sheets and sealing the cracks properly. To prevent ponding, your rubber roofing contractor will make the appropriate accommodations to ensure proper drainage occurs throughout the life of the roofing system.
- Effective protection?
Rubber roofing is not only inexpensive and relatively easy to install, but also provides effective protection to your building. White EPDM systems can effectively reflect UV rays and heat from the sun, increasing energy efficiency and lowering your utility bill. EPDM roofing systems can even insulate and protect against low temperatures and snow. And, with proper installation and maintenance, deterioration and leaks associated with ponding shouldn’t be too much of a concern.
If you’re looking for an experienced rubber roofing contractor, look no further than the St. Louis roofing experts at Gateway Environmental Roofing Solutions, LLC. We’ve been installing and maintaining EPDM roofing systems for years now, so we know how to help you get the most out of your rubber roofing. We hold ourselves to a higher standard, which is why we stand behind every roofing project we’ve completed—hear what our past clients have to say about us.
For your flat roofing needs, give us a call. We’ll chat about how we can add value to your facility.