EPDM systems can retain their physical characteristics throughout their service life. These compounds demonstrate stability even when exposed to UV light, as well as showing resistance to low and high temperatures. With these benefits in mind, managers can install EPDM systems in different climates.
EPDM membrane can be used in diverse applications. One of the first designs was a ballasted roof, where membrane is laid loosely over insulation or substrate and then covered with pavers or stones for a ballast layer. This keeps the membrane properly in place when it is exposed to uplifts in wind.
EPDM membrane can be fully adhered in a roof application, using a bonding agent. The membrane is usually adhered to rigid insulation boards anchored to the roof deck.
When roofs have large expanses of empty space, EPDM can be a wise material choice. Their widths minimize the number of seams. They are often selected as good choices for wood or steel. A ballasted or fully adhered system is sometimes used on concrete, to avoid damage.
When you are planning or developing a structure today, there is a heavy emphasis on using green materials and practices. Light colored EPDM roofing is quite appropriate for warmer climates, and dark surfaces that absorb heat can be beneficial in cooler climates. EPDM offers builders and roofers a material that will offer solutions for any climate, without needing modification or additional coatings.
Optimizing Energy Performance in Buildings
Traditional EPDM ballasted roofs are able to deliver a superior energy performance in cooler climate zones, according to EPDM Roofs. Research continues on reflective roofs and their energy efficiency. It has been found that reflective roofs can reduce urban heat to some degree, and this creates a greener way to use EPDM roofing materials.
Engineering and maintenance managers used to stay with roofing systems they had used before. Even retrofitted roofs often were of the same system as original roofs. However, the managers of today look more closely at the drawbacks and benefits of various systems and utilize new formulations and materials in their roofing products.
In continuing improvements to roofing products, one example is ethylene propylene diene Monomer rubber, or EPDM. These systems may be referred to as membrane or rubber roofs, and they are commonly used in original structures and re-roofing projects.
There has been more interest of late in the materials used in the installation and maintenance of roofing, and many building owners and managers are showing more interest in EPDM systems.
EPDM roofing membrane has dimensional stability and fire resistance, tear strength and a good resistance to UV light. The membrane is flexible and comes in two plies laminated into one ply. Some EPDM roofing systems today are manufactured with reinforcements that have high tenacity polyester for wick resistance