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Why Commercial Properties Choose EPDM for Flat Roofs

EPDM Roofing Basics

Does the low-slope roof or flat roof on your commercial building show signs of aging? Left unaddressed, a failing flat roof can cause costly damage to your building and interrupt your business as a result.

EPDM is a top performer for your flat roof or low-slope roof needs.

Discover why commercial properties in Dayton, Ohio, and surrounding areas choose EPDM over PVC and TPO for flat roofs.

What is EPDM?

An EPDM (ethylene propylene diene terpolymer) roofing membrane is a synthetic rubber black (or white) membrane commonly used in commercial roofing. EPDM’s rubber with the saturated polymer backbone stands up to heat, light, and ozone better than unsaturated rubber—making it ideal for areas in the country where the weather can get harsh (like Dayton).

How long does rubber roofing last?

When installed with precision by a reputable contractor (like us!), EPDM can last many years and protect your property from moisture intrusion throughout its lifetime. In fact, EPDM roofs are known for their longevity. The amount of preventative maintenance you do on your roof and your area’s weather also directly impacts its lifespan.

What does the installation process include?

EPDM roofing installation is relatively easy. If an existing roof is being covered, it takes a two-step process: First, your current roof is sprayed with a layer of foam (for insulation). Next, the EPDM membrane is rolled on top of the foam. Once the material is rolled out, it is secured with nails. Note: if your existing roof doesn’t need to be removed, and the insulating foam is sprayed onto your roof, it will help increase your energy savings.

What type of investment is a flat rubber roof?

EPDM is the least expensive of the three most commonly used membrane systems for flat or low-slope commercial roofing including PVC, TPO, and EPDM.

What Are the Benefits of an EPDM Roof?

Commercial property owners trust in EPDM for their roofing. Here’s why:

1. It provides reliable weather resistance.

EPDM is rubber and up to 90 mil thick. You can rely on it to resist harsh weather including hail and high winds. It will protect your property from wind-blown debris. And its ozone resistance protects your property up to 100 degrees F.

2. EPDM is so durable that you can rely on it for decades.

EPDM outlasts traditional roofing materials. If you have your EPDM roof installed with precision by the pros, and you maintain it well, you can expect it to last for decades due to its resilience.

3. It is an economical solution to commercial roofing needs.

The wider roll sizes that EPDM roofing comes in means fewer rolls will cover your commercial roof. With fewer seams, labor costs are reduced, giving you sizable savings.

4. EPDM’s maintenance has been straightforward over the years.

EPDM is easy to maintain and if repairs are ever needed, they are simple to manage. Be sure to have your roof regularly inspected, particularly to ensure the seams are in good shape. If seams separate, they need to be repaired promptly so you get the most out of your roofing’s lifespan. Realize that the weather in Dayton, Ohio will have a direct impact on the longevity of your roofing material and the amount of maintenance you will need over the years.  

5. EPDM provides a good return on investment (ROI).

EPDM’s track record makes it a sound investment, yielding reliable protection for your property for years to come. When you choose EPDM roofing for your flat roof or low-slope commercial roof, you’re making a good long-term investment that will pay off not only as you occupy your property but also when it sells.

6. It is energy-efficient.

Traditional black EPDM is known for keeping your commercial building warm because it absorbs and retains heat. EPDM is also available in white and helps keep commercial buildings cool by reflecting heat. Its energy-efficient makeup helps you save on utilities over the years.

7. EPDM roofing is recyclable.

When EPDM roofing finishes its lifespan, it is recyclable. It keeps our landfills clear of more debris and prevents us from wasting valuable resources.

8. It is waterproof!

Roofers seal the pliable rubber membrane to your commercial roof, protecting your property from moisture intrusion.

Get Detailed Installation for Your Commercial Roofing Needs

It’s vital that a well-trained, experienced team of professionals install your commercial roofing.

At American Way Exteriors, our dedicated crews specialize only in the materials they install. That means the products you select are installed by the best in the industry, so you get the optimal long-term results from your building’s upgrade.

Contact American Way Exteriors for your Commercial Property needs.

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