St. Louis EPDM – EPMD Roofing – EPDM Rubber Roofing St. Louis
Many St. Louis commercial businesses have benefited after Duration Construction has completed an EPDM installation.
EPDM rubber roofing is a practical solution for flat or low slope roofs. Used primarily in commercial applications, the ethylene propylene diene monomer (EPDM) creates a single layer of rubberized roofing that is lighter and more resilient than tar or gravel roofs.
What is EPDM?
Duration Construction recommends EPDM on commercial buildings for a number of reasons. This is a durable synthetic rubber membrane that is applied to a roof surface to provide maximum protection from water damage. This type of roofing is widely used in St. Louis and all over the world in low-slope buildings at risk for water pooling. The two primary ingredients are ethylene and propylene, which are derived from oil and natural gas.
The Benefits of an EPDM Roof
A commercial building is receiving a number of benefits from the application of an EPDM rubber roof. This is an energy efficient option that seals the building’s top blocking heat transfer from occurring. The shape of the roof is never an issue, as the rubber roofing material can be used on any roof shape and the application is significantly cleaner than most other low slope options. High winds and even hail have virtually no effect on the durability of this commercial roofing material.
Why Choose EPDM?
Commercial buildings have been relying on EPDM for over 40 years. Available in both black and white, EPDM is the top choice for architects and roofing contractors when faced with the challenge of a low or no slope roof. Duration Construction has utilized EPDM both in new commercial construction projects around St. Louis as well as a replacement roofing solution for older commercial buildings.
In the 40 years since the roofing industry first started using EPDM, it has proven to be one of the most dependable commercial roofing products available. Having the longest average service life in the industry, its superior quality can be attributed to its:
- Fatigue resistance
- Hail resistance
- Resistance to abrasion and weathering, including ozone
- Resilience both in extreme heat and cold conditions
- Fire resistance
- Durability under thermal shock
- Resistance to damage from the ultraviolet rays of the sun
- High resistance to wind damage
EPDM Color Options
EPDM roofing rubber is available in either black or white. With white EPDM, an ingredient is added to the mix that improves the UV resistance. This is an environmentally friendly way to deflect light and heat off of the roof of a commercial building, cutting down on the amount of air conditioning needed inside.
Black EPDM is typically used in colder climates as it is able to absorb the suns UV rays and turn them into heat. Duration Construction will assist you in making an informed decision about which color is the best solution for your commercial building.
Installation of EPDM on a Commercial Building in St. Louis
Duration Construction roofing contractors have years of experience in installing EPDM rubber roofing. There are three different methods of installation that can be utilized, depending on your circumstance:
- The Ballasted System – The most often used application of EPDM, the ballasted system is quick and easy to apply. Large panels of EPDM rubber roofing are laid down loosely and then covered by a layer of smooth stone or concrete pavers. This is an acceptable installation for any commercial building whose roof supports can withstand the added weight.
- Mechanically Attached System – Ideal for any commercial building in St. Louis that has a low sloped roof, large panels of EPDM are attached using batten strips on the deck surface.
- Fully Adhered System – This is the perfect solution for a commercial building where the roof is pitched. The EPDM panels are bonded to the decking material using adhesives and stress plates.
Our commercial roofing experts will assist you in deciding which installation system is the right one for your commercial building.
Will the EPDM rubber roof need protectants?
No, there is a common myth that you will need to protect it against sunlight, but that is not true.
Is there a maintenance schedule I need to follow with an EPDM roof?
Generally, no. However, it is recommend that you have a roofing expert conduct a yearly inspection of the roof surface.
Can anything damage a EPDM rubber roof?
It is less resistant to oil products and contact with oils both mineral and vegetable, petroleum, and grease has to be avoided.
If a part of the EPDM rubber roof is damaged will I need to replace the entire piece?
No, there is special flashing we use on an EPDM rubber roof repair that allows us to repair small areas.
St. Louis EPMD Roofing
For over 40 years, commercial buildings have looked at EPDM rubber roofing for coverage. Call Duration Construction to discuss your commercial building roofing needs and let our years of experience guide you towards the perfect solution for your business’ roof.