Davis Roofing: Article About Choosing EPDM Roof Installation
There are certain roofing materials that aren't traditionally used on residential homes, such as EPDM roofing systems. While this rubber roofing material is more commonly used on commercial buildings, an increasing number of homeowners are choosing it over more traditional options, such as asphalt shingles. Davis roofing experts often prefer to install this kind of roof because it doesn't require any heavy machinery and has a relatively safe installation process.
First, it's important for homeowners to know what materials are used to make EPDM roofs. EPDM stands for ethylene propylene diene monmer, which is a common type of synthetic rubber. This is an M class rubber, as classified by the ASTM. This material is easy to work with on roofs because it requires no open flame to install and no asphalt.
EPDM roofs can be used on residential buildings because of their lightweight properties. Most EPDM roofing systems require just a single ply membrane, which means that there is far less weight being placed on the structures of houses. This is also convenient for roofers because EPDM roofing material usually comes in large rolls. If the material was heavy, it would be difficult for them to maneuver it onto roofs.
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Older homes would also require additional structural support if the material was heavy, much in the same way that homes with slate roofs typically require additional support.
One benefit of EPDM roofs is that they last nearly twice as long as asphalt roofs at roughly 50 years, depending on how well they are maintained. EPDM has a proven track record, which is why this material is used in the making of many products, not just roofs. High quality EPDM should have no problem standing up to rain, hail and other environmental factors.
Despite being made out of rubber, EPDM is resistant to extreme heat, so it won't break down after being exposed to the sun for extended periods of time. Homeowners should also consider that EPDM is very easy for roofers to patch in the event that the material becomes damaged. However, the homeowners will have to hire professional roofers to perform maintenance at least twice a year.
EPDM is considered an eco friendly product despite the fact that it's a dark roofing material. The polymers don't require a lot of energy to manufacturer, unlike other roofing materials such as asphalt shingles. EPDM roofs also perform well in both cold and hot weather, which makes them the perfect roofing option no matter where a home is located. This material is one of the few in roofing that remains flexible even when exposed to extremely low temperatures.