EPDM Roofing Systems

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Let’s talk about EPDM Roofing Systems…

EPDM is also known as rubber roofing, which is the material most often used in flat roofing. Most homeowners have never heard of EPDM or their options regarding rubber, but perhaps they should become aware.

This article was not designed to persuade a homeowner into rubber roofing, but rather to give you all the tools to make an informed decision when it comes to your roof.

EPDM stands for ethylene propylene diene terpolymer, that’s definitely a mouth full. This type of product has advantages and disadvantages like most things. The biggest advantage of this kind of roof is probably going to be the cost. With this product, it’s near impossible to do a DIY project, a proper licensed installer is definitely the only route on this one. Not only if the material less expensive than the alternative choices but it’s also a relatively fast installation process (which reduces labor cost), light weight, and just all around easy to install.

What else is a no-brainer about EPDM? 

Well, rubber lasts a long time, upwards of 40-50 years if properly installed. They are held together by glue and are usually laid in a single piece, which means no to very few seams where water has the capability to penetrate. Technology is so far advanced that the EPDM roof is not susceptible to the suns rays and doesn’t affect the lifespan like that of shingles. 

In addition to rubbers amazing lifespan, it can withstand many disastrous weather conditions. Rubber has been known to hold fast against incredible winds, hail, sleet, snow you name it. And say a repair was ever needed, repairs to this type of roof is quick, easy, and generally inexpensive. The trick here is to hire a contractor that has experience with these types of roofs and know what they are doing. 

The maintenance on these types of roof is little to none, the only thing the homeowner might be interested in is repainting the roof to give it a “fresh” look. 

Rubber roofs are also considered on of the more “green” options regarding roofing. The rubber is usually recycled prior to being on your roof, and usually even after. It takes less energy to produce this material than any other roofing product. 

Did someone say fire resistant? Yes, you bet it is. Rubber has been known to be almost impossible to set on fire and even if a fire is active, we’ve seen this type of roof have the ability to slow the fire down. However, homeowners should always check with their insurance companies on what the standards regarding fire are.

You choices on rubber roofs come in many different sizes from 45mm to 90mm and everything in between. The thickness depends on the size of your home, the weight it can cary, the pitch, and many other things. We encourage you to talk to a roofing expert at The Roof Hospital Exteriors to learn about what would best suite your roof and to answer any other questions you might have. 

Though there is one negative to EPDM…


This is probably the reason you don’t see this product on every home…it’s not the most appealing to the eye. This jet black rubber roof has often been a drawback due to its appearance. In recent years, home owners have started painting the roof to mitigate this problem. Talk to the Roof Hospital Exteriors today on the newest updates on rubber roofs and their appearance. 






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