RUBBER ROOFING INSTALLS & REPAIRS
Rubber roofing is the most common roofing solution for low- and no-slope commercial roofs and in fact, you’ll find this roofing material on top of more than a third of the roofs across the country. It’s a reliable solution, and it’s relatively inexpensive, making this roofing material a valuable solution for business owners.
What Is Rubber Roofing?
Rubber roofing is comprised of ethylene propylene diene monomer, or EPDM, a highly resilient compound that holds up well against the wear and tear of mother nature. This material is waterproof, and it won’t age easily, even when water rests on the surface for days or weeks on end. Most rubber roofing is black, and you’ll notice a slight cushion as you walk across the surface, thanks to the composition of this material. Rubber roofing is usually applied in long strips. These strips are installed and aligned so that their seams can be sealed with an adhesive process, or with specialized tape.
The Benefits of Rubber Roofing
Rubber roofing offers building owners a number of benefits. This roofing material is highly resilient and long-lasting. It is easy to install. It requires little maintenance. And it resists damage that may otherwise be caused by wind, hail, and UV rays. In fact, the EPDM Roofing Association recently posted the results of a durability study, noting the following observations:
“The long-term weathering study completed recently shows that 30-Year roofs continue to perform well. [The study showed the following:] All samples were performing like new — after up to three decades in the field. EPDM withstands the effects of various climates extremely well. Properly designed, installed, and maintained EPDM systems can successfully withstand extreme weather cycles. Indications that EPDM systems can approach or exceed 40 years of service life.”
On top of those benefits, you’ll also notice that your rubber roof provides insulation for your building, which means that your energy bills will be lower month after month. Rocks or gravel may also be added on top of a rubber roof to decrease the heat gain from exposure to the sun as well.
The Drawbacks of Rubber Roofing
While rubber roofing is highly resilient when it is properly installed, it may be installed poorly, and it still may endure damage due to temperature fluctuations and extreme storms. The seams of a rubber roof are the most likely place where water can seep to the subsurface of your roof. And unfortunately, if temperatures vary enough throughout the day, the expansion and contraction of your rubber roof can cause these seams to break. In addition, the outer edge of your rubber roof may lose its adherence, and the points where your rubber roof connects with flashing (like around vents or other roof protrusions) may be more vulnerable to wear and tear.
Fortunately, these issues are avoidable, so long as you schedule regular inspections and maintenance. We can always take a look at your roof to inspect for leaks, weak points, and damage.
Rubber roofs are also more liable to be damaged by puncturing, so you’ll have to be wary that workers who navigate across your roof may cause damage if they aren’t careful.