There are several reasons why EPDM (Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer) roofing is one of the most popular commercial roofing materials on the market. For starters, EPDM roofing membranes are durable, cost-effective and have minimal maintenance needs.
Kingdom Roofing, your trusted roofer, elaborates on these advantages further below:
EPDM roofing membranes are durable enough to withstand scratching, scuffing, as well as damage from strong winds. Thanks to this exceptional durability, EPDM roofing membranes have an average lifespan of 20 years. And with proper care and maintenance, they can last up to 50 years.
Resistance Against UV Damage and Extreme Temperatures
Over time, prolonged exposure to ultraviolet rays—which is a given in Florida’s tropical climate—can take its toll on your commercial roof. UV rays, along with high heat and humidity, can cause cracks to form on the roofing membrane, creating leaks. However, damage from UV rays extreme temperatures are less of an issue for buildings with UV-resistant EPDM roofing membranes, which can withstand temperatures ranging from -58° to 302° Fahrenheit.
Here’s a pro-tip: To improve your roof’s resistance to heat and UV rays, we recommend choosing light colors. The closer a shade is to white, the less heat it absorbs and the more UV rays it reflects.
Ease of Installation
Durable roofing materials usually have one significant drawback: the heavy weight load. Despite being just as durable as some of the popular commercial roofing options on the market, EPDM roofing membranes are relatively lightweight. And since EPDM roofing membranes aren’t too heavy, they don’t require additional roof structural support and are easier to install.
Important note: Keep in mind that EPDM roofs still need to be routinely maintained. As a rule, commercial roofs should be inspected by a professional roofer at least twice a year.
One more thing: Always vet a roofer before hiring them. After all, less experienced roofers are more likely to miss the warning signs of roof damage.