Offering protection from the weather is an essential element of any roof. Sometimes, however, the surface needs a bit of extra help to keep it protected. Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer (EPDM) is one of the most effective weatherproofing coatings for flat roofs on the market today. Here’s what you need to know about this roof-sealing process.
What Is EPDM?
EPDM has been the go-to weatherproofing coating for low-slope and flat roofs for several decades. The covering is a durable membrane made of synthetic rubber, which is composed of two primary ingredients—ethylene and propylene. EPDM comes in both black and white and is sold in many different widths (from around seven feet to 50 feet) and thicknesses of 45 and 60 millimeters.
EPDM is applied to flat roofs in a few different ways. It can be fully adhered (with entire pieces affixed to the roof), mechanically attached, or ballasted with a variety of heavy objects to keep the coating in place. The seams of the sheets are then sealed with liquid adhesive or specialized tape to form an effective shield against the elements.
What Are the Benefits of EPDM?
EPDM has the longest average service life of roofing construction materials because of its many strengths. The coating is able to withstand a wide range of punishing conditions such as hail, strong winds, UV exposure, and extreme temperatures. Because of its installation method and strong seals, EPDM is also an extremely effective waterproofing covering. With all of these advantages, the surface is able to provide flat roof protection for up to 30 years.
If you’d like to take advantage of EPDM’s many flat roof benefits, Fairbanks Roofing in Fairbanks North Star Borough, AK, is ready to help. With more than 30 years of experience in the industry, this locally owned and operated company takes pride in providing exceptional customer service with each project. The team will communicate with you through every step of the process to ensure your roofing needs are taken care of exactly how you want. Visit the website for more information on the services available or call (907) 474-9402 to speak with a friendly representative today.