EPDM (ethylene propylene diene terpolymer) is a highly durable synthetic rubber roofing membrane.
EPDM is widely used in low slope buildings not just in the United States, but around the world. It offers high-quality waterproofing and a host of other benefits. EPDM roofing can be used as an overlay for existing roofs, or to waterproof new flat roofs or new buildings. Here is a list of some common benefits offered by EPDM roofing:
Speedy installation: The roof system comes prefabricated, which reduces the time and costs associated with installation. It is much easier to measure, fabricate, and install EPDM roofs compared to many other roofing products. With flat roof replacement projects, the breather membranes can be used as EPDM overlay to save time and money.
Flexible membrane: EPDM systems are highly elastic membranes and can easily accommodate building movements and stretching.
Breather membrane: These rubber roofing systems allow the underlying substrate to breathe as they are vapor permeable allowing dampness or any existing moisture to escape, while the membrane remains completely waterproof.
High-quality membrane: These roofing systems typically do not crack, split, or tear. The roofing membranes have the ability to stretch to about 400 percent without damaging the membrane.
Easy and efficient installation: The rubber membranes are made to measure in perfect working conditions and under consistent quality control. This ensures minimal onsite joining of breather membrane. This also makes it ideal for use in lining water bodies such as pools, reservoirs, lakes, and others.
Durable: EPDM roofing is highly resistant to aging, and the top quality EPDMs have a lifespan of around 50 years, which gives you peace of mind that you won’t need to spend on frequent replacements.
Safety: Unlike in roofing system installation, there are not hot boilers or flame torches involved in the installation of EPDM roofing systems. It is applied cold so there is no risk of fire or other such accidents.
Temperature and fire resistant: The beauty of EPDM roofing systems is that they are not just waterproof, but they are also resistant to fire and extreme temperatures. They can survive exposure to temperatures in the range of 40-110 degrees Celsius.
Puncture and pollution resistant: The membranes are resistant to root penetration so these can be used in rooftop gardens as well. They are also resistant to atmospheric pollutants such as ultraviolet rays and acid rain.
Lightweight: The membrane is extremely lightweight and puts only negligible weight on the roof. If you are refurbishing an old roof, you can rest assured that it won’t have to bear a heavy load.
Eco-friendly: EPDM is recyclable and the manufacturing process generally consumes less energy compared to other products. So, it is one of the most eco-friendly roofing systems available on the market.
EPDM Roofing St. Louis
If you are looking to refurbish your old roof, or waterproof your old or new St. Louis roof, get in touch with our roofing experts. We can inspect your property (residential or commercial) and recommend the best roofing solution for your personal needs.