Advantages and Disadvantages of EPDM Rubber Roofing Systems

by | Aug 19, 2015 | Roofing

EPDM rubber roofing systems are not something many homeowners have heard about, or even considered for their home. However, this roofing option offers a number of benefits that other roofing systems simply do not. Rubber roofs, also referred to as EPDM, have a number of advantages, but just a few disadvantages.

One of the biggest advantages offered by rubber is the cost. While the homeowner has to use a licensed installer for laying down the roof, the cost of the whole job can vary based on the materials used and how time extensive the process actually is. The roofing material is generally less expensive than most other options, but the product is also extremely light, which provides easy, fast installation. This reduces the costs related to labor and installation.

The rubber used in these roofing systems is also, long lasting and durable. Most of these roofs will be laid in one, single piece, which means there are no seams, or extremely few, based on the specific layout of the home’s roof. With few seams present in the roof, there are fewer places for water to seep beneath the roofing and cause damage. Also since modern rubber is not prone to damage from the harmful UV rays, this type of roof will last for more than half a century. Rubber is also able to stand up to hail and high winds. There are a number of rubber roofs that were installed in the 1970s that are still in use today.

Another huge advantage offered by rubber is that when there is a leak present, the repairs are inexpensive, easy and fast. In many situations, liquid rubber can provide the necessary fix while in other cases a particular type of tape will have to be used.

John Bean Roofing offers additional information about rubber roofing and its benefits. Take some time to talk to the professionals in order to determine if this is the right roofing option for a particular home. Doing this will ensure the job is done properly and that it is right for the particular home in question, preventing serious issues down the road.

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