Weighing up the Pros and Cons of Rubber Roofing
Rubber roofing also known as EPDM (ethylene propylene diene terpolymer) in the roofing business. Previously, was not well known among homeowners but this type of roofing has plenty of advantages, only a few disadvantages and is gaining popularity in the roofing industry. EPDM roofing needs to be installed by a licensed installer (just like other types of roofing), but the cost of the entire job may be lower. This article highlights the pros and cons of rubber roofing in order for you (the client) to be able to make an informed decision for your home or business.
Pros of Rubber Roofing
- Favorably priced – it can be lower in cost than other roofing material.
- Fast and easy to install. Therefore the installation and labor costs can be less expenvise than for other types of roofing.
- During installation, the rubber is glued into place. Therefore, negating the use of heat ( hot asphalt or torch applied materials).
- Rubber is long lasting (it can last 50 years or longer).
- As it is laid in single pieces it results in fewer seams which results in fewer places for water to seep under the roofing.
- Repairs are fast, easy and inexpensive.
- Requires minimal maintenance.
- Is fire resistant, pest resistant and resistant to mold and mildew.
- Is an eco-friendly choice as most of it is constructed from recycled materials.
- Less prone to crumbling and cracking from extreme temperature changes and severe weather.
- Meets all Florida’s building codes.
Cons of Rubber Roofing
- The appearance is one of the primary drawbacks. The color can fade over time.
- Dry conditions are needed for proper installation of the rubber adhesive.
- It is delicate and can easily be punctured by falling branches, or satelite dishes which can result in leakages.
- Rubber roofs must be installed by a professional who has experience working with rubber and flat roofs, which can be difficult to find.
EPDM roofing systems are used in many commercial buildings in Florida – mainly because of their long lasting nature. The materials used to make this type of roof are built to last and are easy to install. They can also be repaired in a very easy and effective manner. Rubber roofing can be bought in rolls or as shingles. Rolls are a good choice when you want to install a new roof on a building with a flat roof. Rubber shingles are useful for residential roofing projects. Rubber roofing is known by many as the king of flat roofing and the pioneer of the single-ply flat roofing market. It is gaining ever-increasing popularity nationwide and holds many favorable qualities.
Call the roofing professionals at AABCO Roofing And Contracting 954-426-8500 to answer any questions you may have about installing an EPDM system on your roof!