Those who are planning new roof installation will find EPDM to be an excellent choice. It is affordable, energy efficient, and exceptionally durable. It has been in use for more than forty years and is popular for residential and commercial buildings in the Northeast.
EPDM stands for ethylene propylene Diene monomer rubber, which is a form of rubber that is synthetic. It is frequently used in buildings that are low slope, and comes in white or black. It is sold in many different widths, from 7 feet to more than fifty feet, and will also vary in thickness. When installed it may be completely adhered, ballasted or attached mechanically. The roof seams will be sealed using liquid adhesives or a tape which is specially formulated. EPDM is a compound which is elastomeric. This means that it is produced using ethylene and propylene primarily.
Aside from lowering the carbon footprint of your commercial or residential building, EPDM also comes with a surface that is highly reflective, which will protect it from UV rays. EPDM is also highly resistant to damage resulting from hail or thermal shock, which makes it an optimal material for buildings located in New York and the Northeast where storms are common. Most important of all, since EPDM is a rubber, it is extremely flexible, and won’t shatter when exposed to the low temperatures associated with Northeastern winters.
EPDM is prized for its ability to maintain structural movement while not producing excessive membrane stress. It will not decay over time, and provides an excellent investment return. The material is versatile, performing well in a variety of climatic conditions. When added to a roof it will reduce both heating and cooling costs, which is indispensable in New York which has some of the highest energy costs in the country.
For NYC, black EPDM is best, due to its smooth surface which doesn’t have surface granules. Ballasted variants will provide superior energy efficiency due to a boost in insulation. EPDM is also relatively easy to maintain. Sections of the membrane will eventually become loose, which will need to be reattached, and ballast which has been displaced will need to be restored. Delaminated joints will need to be re-seamed, and flashings will need to be repaired. This can all be done affordably by an experienced contractor. An EPDM roof system on average will last thirty years before requiring maintenance.
Choosing the correct roof for your residential or commercial building requires knowledge, skill and an understanding of the many options which are available on the market today. A. Stewart Roofing and Waterproofing is New York’s premier roofing contractor, having been in this business for over forty years. We can help you install an EPDM system that is robust, durable, insulated, and which will make your residence warmer during winter and cooler during summer, while lowering your power bill. Contact us today to receive a free estimate.