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EPDM Roofing

What Is EPDM Roofing?

Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer (EPDM) roofing is a rubber synthetic that seals your roof to protect it from the weather. It’s common to see EPDM roofs across commercial buildings. You may also see TPO (thermoplastic polyolefin) as an alternative to EPDM. This type of roofing offers ease of installation, cost-effective pricing, and long lasting material.

How Much Does Commercial EPDM Roofing Cost?

Expect to pay between $5.50 and $9.50 per square foot to install EPDM membrane on a typical flat roof. The cost may be higher or lower depending on the tear-off and removal cost of the existing roof, insulation layers, and the number of penetrations on your flat roof.

What’s The Difference Between EPDM, PVC, and TPO Roofing?

With so many choices available in the market today, does the color matter? The answer is yes. Your commercial roof’s color absolutely matters—and not just for aesthetic reasons. The material it’s constructed from makes a huge difference in its performance capabilities, and the color is closely related to the material when you’re talking about single-ply membrane roofing systems. So, what are the differences between the most popular types of single-ply materials for new installations and replacement applications?
EPDM – Typically black, and thermoplastic materials vs. TPO & PVC – which typically tend to be white.


How Long Will EPDM Roofing Last?

Even with only minimal attention, an EPDM roof can last 50 years or even longer. Beyond fatigue resistance and overall strength, EPDM is well known to be impact resistant. This means it presents a robust defense against threats like smaller-size hail and minor windblown debris from storms.
Additionally, when EPDM systems are designed correctly, they are wind resistant. In fact, EPDM is compliant with highly stringent building codes in hurricane-prone regions like Florida. If your building’s roof has sustained storm damage in the past, this fact may be a crucial consideration for you.

The Benefits Of Commercial EPDM Roofing

There are a number of benefits to choosing EPDM roofing for your commercial business. For flat roofs, EPDM is one of the most popular material choices because it is the best on the market. EPDM’s rubber-like material performs very well in extreme seasonal weather changes because EPDM does not change shape at the influence of heating or cooling. It remains quite flexible whether it’s 2 degrees outside in February or 92 degrees in July thanks to its thermoset nature. Like all single-ply roofing, EPDM comes in sheet rolls, which means it installs relatively quickly. It is adhered with appropriate high-strength tapes or adhesives, and once the system is in place, it creates a strong, highly waterproof barrier between Mother Nature’s harshest elements and your building’s interior.

Cost Effective

While most other material for flat commercial roofs only last 5-10 years, EPDM roofing can last up to 30 years. This means that for every one EPDM installation, you would need 2-3 installations of other materials. While the initial investment for EPDM may be a little high compared to other roofing materials, it lasts longer, which gives you more for your investment.

Simple Installation

EPDM is relatively simple to install, which makes it a great material to choose when you need commercial roof repairs or a complete roof replacement quick. Depending on your roof size and complexity, Kapella Roofings’ expert teams can install EPDM roofing in the matter of business days compared to the weeks it takes for other materials.

Improved Durability

In most cases, extreme weather doesn’t phase EPDM material. The flat rubber material is tough and durable when it comes to storms. Unless a natural disaster directly hits your building, you shouldn’t have to worry about the roof leaking or getting damaged with EPDM.

UV Resistant and Eco Friendly

EPDM roofs resist UV rays like the negative sides of magnets. Due to UV resistance, your EPDM roof ages slower than most materials. This means you can make an initial investment in EPDM and wait longer to have to replace it. Additionally, EPDM Roofs are recyclable and have a long life span keeping the material out of landfills..

More than Just Roofing!

Understanding what you’re working with is key to making a plan of action when buying a new property or planning for a renovation on an existing property. Kapella Roofing’s commercial roofing field consultants can help you create a property assessment for the entire exterior of your building. Contact us today to schedule a complimentary due diligence walk.