Find an incredible number of roofing systems out there today, from conventional shingles to tile, slate and more. One the most different is EPDM roofing. What is EPDM and why should you know about it?
What’s EPDM all about?
EPDM ethylene propylene diene monomer – rubber, in other words this isn’t the same rubber found in car tires or toy balls. This rubber is specially designed and engineered for several characteristics, including:
It maintains elasticity over time, even with exposure to high heat and UV rays. The ability to withstand moisture, even in ponding situations, easily installed and sealed. EPDM comes in long sheets, and each sheet must be sealed to the one beside it. This is done with a rubber roofing sealant. The same sealant can be used to make spot repairs to the EPDM material if it’s punctured or develops a leak.
EPDM roofing has been heavily adopted by the residential housing industry. This includes dormers, home extensions, garages, garden sheds and other outbuildings, and a great many others.
RVs and Travel Trailers An EPDM roofing system is very lightweight, an ideal solution for use in RV and travel trailer manufacture. Most RVs stopped using metal roofs because of the problems inherent with rust and corrosion. Easily repaired and replaced; EPDM roofing solutions offer more affordable maintenance and greater longevity for RVs and travel trailers.
Repairing EPDM Roofing EPDM roofing has been so heavily adopted is its ease of repair, because of its resistance to weathering, it lasts much longer than other roofing systems on the market.