When it’s time to replace the roof on your commercial building, you will quickly discover there are a number of options available. However, trying to understand which roofing material is best for your building can be quite a difficult task. To help, we’ve put together a pros and cons list for one of the most popular types of roofing: EPDM. These pros and cons will help you make an informed choice when you’re working with your roofing contractor for a new roof.
What Is EPDM?
EPDM, short for “Ethylene Propylene Diene Terpolymer,” is a synthetic roofing material made with ethylene and propylene. Its texture is similar to rubber and it is installed in large, rolled sheets. The sheets are then either glued into place or attached with hardware. In some cases, EPDM is underlayment, and asphalt or gravel is piled on top. EPDM is an extremely sturdy material that provides a lot of protection for a roof. Most commonly it is used on flat roofs, but can be applied to sloped roofs as well.
What Are The Pros Of EPDM?
EPDM has a lot of benefits that make it an excellent choice for roofing material. Here are the top pros of EPDM:
- EPDM is fairly affordable to install as the materials are inexpensive and the labor required for installation is not very intensive.
- EPDM is extremely long-lasting with an average lifespan of 30-40 years if properly installed and maintained.
- EPDM is resistant to UV rays so it’s a good roofing choice for the Southern states that receive a lot of sun exposure.
- Since EPDM is a very flexible material, it’s resilient to a lot of severe weather events including hail.
- EPDM is very lightweight, so the installation rarely requires any internal structural support to hold it and it also moves as a building settles.
As you can see, EPDM has a lot of benefits, but what are the downsides?
The Cons Of EPDM Commercial Roofing
EPDM also has some cons including:
- There are not a lot of color options available so if you are looking for a specific aesthetic for your building, EPDM may not be the right choice.
- Dramatic shifts in temperature can lead to cracking, so it’s not the best choice for areas with extreme weather conditions.
- If improperly installed, EPDM will develop leaks and punctures very easily.
- EPDM degrades very quickly once it reaches the end of its life and can cost a lot in repairs until it is fully replaced.
Although there are these downsides, overall it’s still a good choice to consider.
If you are ready to install a new commercial roof, the experts Gulf Tex Roofing and Services can help. We offer EPDM roofing, as well as, a range of other options that you should consider for your roof. Give us a call and we’ll review your options, help you understand all the pros and cons of each material. Then our experienced team will professionally install your new roof.