Rubber roofing is not a typical option in the minds of most homeowners mostly because it is something that most of them have considered using let along heard about. However, technology has birthed rubber roofing, and it is gaining popularity as one type of roof homeowners are encouraged to consider. The rubber material, known as EPDM (ethylene propylene diene terpolymer), brings in versatility in regards to what can be achieved in today's roofing standards. The pros of commercial rubber roofs can easily surpass that of many other standard roofing options. Below are some of the top advantage of using this roofing material.
Rubber is relatively cheap, and thus it makes for an affordable roofing material. In fact, the cost of laying down this type of roof is favorable compared to that of other roofing types. Nevertheless, the job should be done by a licensed installer preferably one with in-depth knowledge and expertise in EPDM roofing. Cost-wise, the material is light compared to most other rubber products and easy and fast to install meaning reduced labor and installation costs.
2. Highly Durable
Rubber is a material known to last for many years, and thus the same is expected with it is used for roofing. The roofing is done in in single pieces laid in an overlapping approach that gives a finish with few to no seams, though this depends on the roof's layout. The lesser the number of seams the lower the risk of water seeping under the roofing and causing significant roof and structural issues to your home. EPDM is an advanced material that is resistant to UV rays, high winds, hail, humidity, and heat thus can last for no less than 40 years.
3. Few To No Roofing Repairs
The installation process of the rubber roofing involves the use of a unique adhesive that has excellent humidity, UV, and heat resistance to piece the EPDM piece together. Regarding maintenance, rubber is sturdy yet versatile materials meaning EPDM roofs demand minimal care. In the event of any leaks, the repairs are relatively quick and affordable. The job can be done using a special tape designed explicitly for rubber roof repairs or a tube of liquid rubber. Nonetheless, issues of repairs are often rare and far in between if they do occur, which will point towards the possibility of improper installation of the roof.
4. Energy Efficient Roofing
Rubber roofs energy efficient because the EPDM is designed to reflect the sun's heat. The roofing material also insulates building thus helping to converser heat internal heat and keep out the cold temperatures outside. Both qualities play a significant role in reducing the air conditioning costs. Moreover, you do not have to worry about the roofing freezing up and cracking during extreme winters or expanding and warping during the heat of summer.
5. 100% Recyclable Roof
All the above are notable pros of commercial rubber roofs that encourage the use of this roofing option. However, the most notable advantage of this material is that it offers a "green roofing" solution. The EDPM is made from recycled materials and takes less energy to produce compared to other types of roofing materials, and the roof is recyclable too.