Why EPDM rubber should be your roofing material of choice: 5 things you need to know

 

EPDM roofing membranes boast excellent qualities in terms of waterproofing, sustainability and durability. There are, however, a couple of things you should consider before choosing this synthetic rubber roofing system. In this blog, we will help you determine if single-plyEPDM rubber is the right solution for your project.

1. Designed to last, in all types of weather

Future-proof roofing solutions need to be able to cope with the ongoing wear and tear caused by heavy rains, harsh sunshine, snow, and even bird droppings. In the case of solar roofs, the roofing system should outlive the photovoltaic installation on top of it. EPDM does all of that and boasts one of the highest UV-resistance among all available roofing solutions.

And for blue roofs? Thanks to its impeccable waterproofing features, single-ply EPDM membranes enable roofs to retain water, slowing down drainage and playing a key role in water harvesting systems.

2. Exceptional longevity for exceptional roofs

EPDM roofing membranes last for at least 50 years with an unchanged structure and elasticity. Should punctures or damages occur, they can easily be repaired to extend the roofing’s lifespan even further.

Speaking of elasticity: thanks to its extreme flexibility and availability in large, single-ply sheets, EPDM also enables the design freedom you need to rethink the architecture of the future.

3. EPDM roofing actively contributes to a sustainable future

In addition to being repairable, EPDM rubber is reusable and recyclable – and requires fewer resources to be manufactured, compared to traditional roofing solutions. In this way, it actively contributes to achieving the highest ratings in BREEAM and LEED programs.

It is also chemically inert and non-toxic. This means it doesn’t release any toxic substances during or after installation.

4. EPDM membranes are easy to install

Installing EPDM is fast, flame-free, and safe for both people and the environment. Should your EPDM rubber roofing solution be installed over an existing system, please keep in mind that adequate surface preparation might be needed.

5. A certified installer is a must

The performance of any roofing system is directly linked to the quality of its installation. Ease of installation should, however, not be confused with ‘can be installed by anyone’. We are aware of inexperienced contractors offering to install EPDM rubber roofing – often with disastrous consequences for their clients. Should you wish to incorporate EPDM membranes in your roofing project, we are happy to refer you to our network of trusted and highly-experienced partners.

Conclusion

The advantages offered by EPDM roofing membranes far outweigh its disadvantages. Their extreme durability, high UV-resistance, and stellar waterproofing properties make them the perfect fit for sustainable and low-maintenance solar, green, and blue roofs. Curious to explore real-life applications? Check out our cases!