Are EPDM roofs any good?

EMDM roof installation

Does EPDM Have to be Glued Down?

When a business owner is looking for flat roofs to place onto their business, an EPDM is likely to be in the top three options to cover a person’s livelihood. Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer or EPDM roofing offers a tough and long-lasting material that has proven reliable for business owners needing a roof. While also used in cars and construction, the material can stand toe to toe with roofing options like modified bitumen as well as TPO. With proper EPDM installation, home and business owners can expect a roof that will protect the interior of their structure. Not only that but installation is more of a simple matter than other flat roofing options seen on the market. 

In the installation process, EPDM can be installed on a surface without having to be superheated or mechanically administered. Instead, the roofing material simply needs to be glued down with a strong adhesive. The best option for that adhesive tends to lean towards Cyanoacrylate with the grade being high strength. The industrial adhesive will fulfill it’s purpose and keep the roof down for years. While occasional upkeep is required, an annual roof inspection will easily that problem with the roofer spotting when reapplication ever needs to happen. When you want EPDM roofing for your business, contact Thompson Roofing & Reconstruction in Osage Beach and Lake Ozark, MO today. Call 573-789-8367 today to schedule your appointment.

Can you Walk on EPDM?

EPDM roofing can be designed to keep up with other flat roofs on the market. After being waterproofed and perhaps reinforced, the roof makes itself an excellent option for businesses in and around Osage Beach and Lake Ozark, MO. However, this particular roofing system is designed to be a single-ply layer on the roof. So instead of many modified bitumen and built up roofs, a single layer of EPDM is all that is necessary. While that means a simple and fast installation, it also unfortunately correlates to not being as supportive to heavier foot traffic. While EPDM roofing can support light foot traffic and weight, it needs added support to endure heavier weights. Fortunately, there are materials that can be added to the roof to make it extremely durable to increased weights and construction projects like balconies and other rooftop additions. One of the unfortunate aspects of EPDM roofing is that the material is victim to shrinking over time if not cared for to a relative degree. High quality EPDM materials and lower grades with additives added on prevent shrinking.

How long does EPDM last?

Among other benefits, this roofing option brings with it a much longer lifespan than other roofing options. With a working lifespan double that of the normal flat roof, EDPM boasts a 50 year long lifespan. Furthermore, the material can go on most other surfaces to fit any business’ or household’s needs. While that does not apply to asphalt-based roofs or surfaces, EPDM roofing can be placed on most other surfaces. On top of that, EPDM is a resistant option that can handle all kinds of weather, heat, constant sunlight, and insulates electricity for the interior. That means that even without having anything added on to enhance it, it still is an amazing single-ply option. While oil based products like many built up roofs and modified bitumen have a shorter lifespan because they naturally breakdown in direct sunlight, EPDM does not exactly have that problem. It is true that if problems like damages and maintenance are not taken care of, the lifespan can be shortened. The deterioration in EPDM can be negated easily by adding granules or applying coatings. The granules themselves also further assist by adding a measure against storms and hail. As the buffer protecting the single layer, granules also reflect the sunlight and help the air conditioning system on the interior conserve power and not have to work as hard.

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Is TPO Better Than EPDM?

TPO or thermoplastic polyolefin is similar to EPDM in that it can be applied in single ply and is resistant to the weather. However, it does not last nearly as long as EPDM roofing. By comparison, lasts 10 to 20 years while as mentioned, EPDM regularly lasts around 50 years. With that said, TPO has historically been tougher than other single ply options, that includes EPDM. That is because the former is rubber based and naturally tougher than the latter. However, EPDM is famously easier to install than even that of TPO. That is because TPO has to be mechanically installed, while it has more methods of installation the effect is inferior when machines are not involved. Adding to the superiority of EPDM, it can be added to materials like plywood and other more brittle surfaces to be strengthened. Whether these materials are on the roofs, the walls, or the floors makes little difference regardless when they are strengthened to an extensive degree. When you need EPDM roofing installation, call 573-789-8367 today for an appointment with Thompson Roofing & Reconstruction in Osage Beach and Lake Ozark, MO.