An EPDM commercial roofing replacement is a smart investment if your building is going green. Compared to other roofing materials, manufacturing EPDM (ethylene propylene diene monomer) roofing membranes produce less smog and carbon dioxide emissions. Reflective, light-colored EPDM roofing membranes also help lower cooling costs as well as your building’s overall carbon footprint by reflecting heat and lowering the strain on your HVAC system.
Aside from its eco-friendliness, what are the other advantages of installing an EPDM roof?
Resistance to UV Rays and Extreme Temperatures
The hot, humid climate in Florida can be harsh on your building’s exterior, especially its roof. Prolonged exposure to high temperatures and UV rays can cause premature aging. However, thanks to their reflective surface, UV-resistant EPDM roofing membranes should be able to withstand temperatures ranging from -58° to 302° Fahrenheit.
Thanks to their exceptional durability, EPDM roofing membranes have an average lifespan of 20 years. And with routine maintenance, they can last up to 50 years. As an added benefit, their long lifespan helps reduce the amount of construction debris that ends up in landfills every year. Any reduction in the amount of construction debris generated is not insignificant, given that in 2018 alone 600 million tons of construction debris—which is twice the generated municipal solid waste during that year—were generated in the US.
Minimal Maintenance Needs
Compared to other commercial roofing materials, EPDM roofing membranes have lower maintenance needs. Keep in mind that low-maintenance doesn’t mean no-maintenance. As a general rule, your commercial roof should be inspected by a professional roofer at least twice a year and after a storm or extreme weather event.
Ease of Installation
Since EPDM roofing membranes are lightweight, they don’t require additional structural support and are easier to install. To learn more about your roofing options, consult one of your local roofers.