There are a few different types of roofing materials that can be installed on flat roofs. One choice is to put down a rubber roof, better known as an EPDM (ethylene propylene diene terpolymer) roof.
Definition of an EPDM Roof
EPDM roofing systems are composed of a single ply thermoset sheet in which the molecules are chemically cross-linked together to give it its strength and stability. Its two primary ingredients, ethylene and propylene, are derived from oil and natural gas. EPDM is available in both white and black, and is sold in a broad variety of widths, and in varying thicknesses: 45, 60, and 90 mils (this measurement refers to thousands of an inch).
When it comes to installation, there are several different techniques that can be used. It can be installed fully adhered, attached mechanically or ballasted. When it’s installed, EPDM roofing is rolled out and then attached to the roof. Since it is installed along a large surface, you need multiple rolls to cover the entire roof. After the rubber is rolled out, the seams are securely and professionally sealed.
Advantages of EPDM Roofing
One of the largest advantages of EPDM roofing is the fact that it is extremely affordable as a material because of its simplicity and the fact that its lifespan is very long (up to two decades). This system is made from recycled material, which is a plus for the environment as it can give certain materials, such as rubber tire, a second life rather than ending up in a landfill. If you are environmentally friendly and want to reduce your carbon footprint on the earth, then EPDM roofing is the best bet to get the job done.
EPDM roofing has been designed for exceptional ease of application and employs fewer seams than other types of roofing, including modified bitumen. This allows for a simpler and smoother application process, making it suitable for re-roofing occupied buildings. The simplicity of laying down this type of roofing allows a new flat roof to be installed with very little disruption to your daily schedule. It’s easy and foolproof application ensures you achieve a superior membrane without compromising on durability.
If you are looking for a new roof, contact MJT Roofing for an estimate on an EPDM roof on your commercial building. We understand each of our clients’ needs are unique, so we make sure to find best solution for you. There is no job that is too big or too small for us! We have been in business for over 25 years and are a leader in the New Jersey commercial roofing market as it relates to the selection of materials and quality of installation.