If you own a commercial building with a low-slope roof, and your existing roof is damaged to the point where it must be replaced, choosing the materials you will use to replace your building's roof can be difficult. Commercial roofers offer a wide variety of materials and roofing systems designed to be used on low-slope roofing, and each of these choices comes with its own advantages and drawbacks.
If your commercial building needs new roofing materials that are compatible with low-slope roofing, EPDM roofing systems are an excellent choice. Here are five reasons to choose EPDM roofing to protect your commercial building from the elements:
EPDM roofing is made from a form of synthetic rubber and is renowned for its long-term durability. A well-constructed EPDM roof can last for several decades with very little maintenance and will withstand heavy rains, high winds, and prolonged exposure to intense sunlight, without cracking or peeling. This makes EPDM roofing an excellent long-term investment for any commercial building with a low-slope roof.
Easy To Repair
In the unlikely event that an EPDM roof does suffer serious damage, it can be repaired relatively quickly and inexpensively. Smaller gashes in EPDM roofing systems can be heat-sealed, while larger damaged areas can be patched over with new sheets of EPDM. These quick and easy repairs will not undermine your roof's water-tightness, as long as they are performed by a reputable commercial roofing repair service.
EPDM roofing systems have excellent heat insulation properties and are equally useful in both hot and cold climates. The thick layer of synthetic rubber effectively prevents unwanted heat transfer through your commercial building's roof and will help to keep your building's heating and/or air conditioning costs low.
Most EPDM roofing systems are black and can absorb heat from the sun throughout the year to reduce your heating bills even more. If your building is located in a hotter climate, you can also find specialized EPDM systems made from bright white, reflective rubber. These systems reflect a great deal of heat from the sun, helping to keep your building cool during the summer months.
You might assume that, because EPDM roofing is made from synthetic materials, it is not an eco-friendly roofing option. However, unlike other materials commonly used to cover low-slope roofs (such as modified bitumen), EPDM rubber is fully recyclable. Once your EPDM roof reaches the end of its long working life, it can be recycled and reused to create new roofing, helping to reduce your building's overall carbon footprint.
Despite all of these useful advantages, EPDM roofing is comparatively inexpensive, especially when you consider how long a well-maintained EPDM roof will last. The material can also be fitted more quickly than other roofing materials suitable for low-slope roofing. This will help to keep labor costs to a minimum and minimize expensive business downtime while your building's roof is replaced.