While asphalt roofs remain a popular choice among business owners, there are some benefits you should consider for installing a rubber roof on flat or low-pitch roofs.
If you’re looking for a new roof for your business, you’ll want to consider rubber roofing. Rubber roofs have a variety of advantages, including ease of installation and longevity.
What is Rubber Roofing?
Rubber roofs are made from Ethylene Propylene Diene Terpolymer (EPDM). EPDM’s two primary ingredients – ethylene and propylene – are derivatives of oil and natural gas. EPDM comes in black or white and comes in a variety of lengths.
What Are Rubber Roofing’s Benefits?
There are several reasons why a rubber roof is an ideal choice for your business:
- Low maintenance
- It’s environmentally-friendly
- It’s suitable for the installation of solar panels
- Rubber roofs provide a great defense from the heat of the sun
- Easy installation and repair
- Professional, clean appearance
How is Rubber Roofing Applied?
The most common methods used to apply rubber roofing include ballasted, mechanically-attached, and fully-adhered.
- Ballasted – The ballasted system is easy to install and is an excellent choice if there will be changes in building height and contour in the future.
- Mechanically-Attached – This method of application involves mechanically attaching the rubber roof material to the roof deck. Roofing professionals attach the EPDM membrane at set intervals. It’s a lightweight, cost-effective option.
- Fully-Adhered – This type of installation involves using hot asphalt while the rubber membrane is fully-adhered to the secure insulation. It’s recommended for when using mechanical fasteners isn’t feasible or desirable.
Rubber Roofing Maintenance
Because rubber roofing is extremely strong and durable, it requires little or no maintenance. But it’s important to get your roof inspected each year by a roofing contractor. Moreover, rubber roof repair is generally a quick and easy process.