What is EPDM Roofing?
What is Ephedra Roofing? EPDM is a long-standing roofing product. As one of the many choices of professional roofers, and now available in commercial shingles, EPDM roof coating is a popular choice. EPDM has undoubtedly stood the test of time, continuing to lead the commercial roof industry for many years. So what makes it a popular choice for new roofing materials? Besides having the longest life of any roofing product, EPDM also has several other positive attributes.
The primary benefit of EPDM roof coating is its durability and weather resistance. Since the ingredients in EPDM are all natural, this type of roofing system is more resistant to the sun’s rays, snow and hail than most commercial roofing systems. Additionally, EPDM is antimicrobial, which provides protection against harmful bacteria.
Another benefit is its energy efficiency. Because it contains no ozone depleting chlorination by products, EPDM is a greener roofing material. It also has low vapor transmission and superior thermal performance. EPDM roof coating is a superior fire retardant as well, which provides additional protection from fire damage.
It also has excellent dimensional stability, providing excellent resistance to environmental stresses, including climate, erosion and wind. By being water resistant, EPDM is able to resist termites, rot, insects, mildew, fungus, algae growth due to moisture or salt intrusion. It has higher melt times and expands and contracts more slowly than conventional roofing systems. This has been found to be especially helpful during severe weather events when traditional asphalt and clay roofing systems cannot withstand the intense heat or cold associated with those conditions.
It has excellent dimensional stability, which means that it will not expand or contract with changing temperatures or climatic conditions. Its ability to provide increased insulation can reduce energy costs by as much as 30 percent per year. It can withstand extreme weather events such as hurricanes and tornadoes as well as extreme temperature fluctuations, such as rapid temperature increase during the summer months and sudden temperature decrease during the winter season. In addition, EPDM can be applied in many applications, including residential roofs, industrial roofs, commercial/office roofs, residential roofs used for ground source’s heat and hot water systems, school and municipal roofs. The coating also resists UV degradation, reducing the need to reapply sunscreen or otherwise revitalize the application.
Its fire retardant properties have led to the formation of national fire prevention programs. Its resistance to chemicals and alkalis as well as to fungi and algae growth are also beneficial in reducing the occurrence and severity of mold, moss, fungus and algae growth on the surface of the roof. As stated before, EPDM roofing materials have been proven in the United States to offer great longevity, superior sound insulation, resist damage from ultraviolet radiation and are resistant to water, wind, hail, snow, ice, wind, sun, and most importantly, all forms of attack by insects and their larvae.