Commercial flat roofing systems are quite leak-prone, as water tends to pond on flat surfaces. That’s why it’s important to pick a flat roofing material that can withstand the wear and tear. Thanks to its durability, Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer or EPDM roofing, alongside metal roofing, is one of the most popular roofing materials on the market.
Here are some of the advantages that EPDM roofing can offer:
Thanks to their flexibility, EPDM membranes can resist hailstones of up to three inches. In addition to hailstorms, EPDM membranes also resist scratching, scuffing and strong winds fairly easily. If installed properly, EPDM roofing membranes have an average lifespan of 20 years, but with routine maintenance, this can be extended to 50 years.
Resistance Against Extreme Temperatures and UV Damage
UV rays, combined with high temperatures, can slowly break down the membrane over time, leaving your roof vulnerable to leaks. That’s why contractors recommend installing white membranes with reflective coatings. Light colors reflect heat instead of absorbing it while reflective coatings help protect your membrane from UV damage. Coatings can be applied to metal roofing and EPDM membranes, which come in lighter colors. Plus, in addition to high temperatures, EPDM membranes can resist sub-zero temperatures as well—they can withstand temperatures ranging between from -58° to 302° Fahrenheit.
Durability often comes with a trade-off: additional weight load. The most durable materials tend to be the heaviest. Unlike other equally durable roofing materials, EPDM roofing membranes are lightweight and, as such, are easy to handle and don’t require additional structural roof support. To make sure you get to enjoy all of the benefits of an EPDM roof, however, make sure only an experienced contractor handles its installation.
Alpine Roofing Construction, a locally-owned-and-operated contractor with over two decades of experience, offers professional roofing services as well as premium roofing options, including EPDM and metal roofing. To get a free quote, call us at (214) 528-9897 or leave us a message here. We serve homeowners in Dallas, Fort Worth, and Arlington, TX, as well as the surrounding communities in Texas.