EPDM

EPDM rubber roofing is a practical solution for flat or low slope roofs. Used primarily in commercial applications, the Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer (EPDM), creates a single layer of rubberized roofing that is lighter and more resilient than tar or gravel roofs.

WHAT IS EPDM?

BMG Exteriors recommends EPDM for commercial buildings because of multiple reasons. EPDM is a sturdy synthetic rubber membrane, and it is applied to the top of the roof.  This helps to provide the best protection from water damage. EPDM roofing is used all over the world on low-slope buildings that are at risk of water pooling. The two main ingredients are ethylene and propylene, they come from oil and natural gas.

THE BENEFITS OF AN EPDM ROOF

There are a number of benefits with having a EPDM rubber roof that a commercial building can have. EPDM is an energy efficient option, it seals the building’s top by blocking heat transfer from occurring. The shape of the roof is never an issue, as the rubber roofing material can be used on any roof shape and the application is significantly cleaner than most other low slope options. High winds and even hail have virtually no effect on the durability of this commercial roofing material.

WHY CHOOSE EPDM?

Commercial buildings have relied on EPDM for over 40 years. EPDM is the top choice for architects and roofing contractors when faced with the challenge of a low or no slope roof. BMG has utilized EPDM for new commercial construction projects and as a roof replacement solution for older commercial buildings.

 

In the last 40 years EPDM has demonstrated to be one of the most faithful commercial roofing products available since the roofing industry first started using it. EPDM also has one of the longest service lives in the industry, its top notch quality can be attributed to its:

  • Fatigue resistance

  • Hail resistance

  • Resistance to abrasion and weathering, including ozone

  • Resilience both in extreme heat and cold conditions

  • Fire resistance

  • Durability under thermal shock

  • Resistance to damage from the ultraviolet rays of the sun

  • High resistance to wind damage

EPDM COLOR OPTIONS

Black and White are the color options for EPDM. White EPDM has an ingredient added that improves the UV resistance. This is an environmentally friendly way to deflect light and heat off of the roof which in return cuts down on the amount of air conditioning that is needed.
 

Black EPDM is usually used in colder climates to absorb UV rays from the sun and convert them into heat. BMG Exteriors will help you make the best informed decision on which color is the better solution for your commercial building.

INSTALLATION OF EPDM ON A COMMERCIAL BUILDING

Our commercial roofing experts will help you in deciding which installation system is the right one for your commercial building.

BMG roofing contractors has years of experience with installing EPDM rubber roofing. There are three different methods of installation that can be utilized, depending on your circumstance:

The Ballad System

The most often used application of EPDM, the ballasted system is quick and easy to apply. Large panels of EPDM are laid down loosely and then covered with a layer of smooth stone or concrete pavers. This is a great installation for commercial buildings with roof supports that can hold the added weight.

Mechanically Attached System

Ideal for any commercial building that has a low sloped roof. Large panels of EPDM are attached using batten strips on the deck surface.

Fully Adhered System

This process is a perfect solution for commercial buildings where the roof is pitched. The EPDM panels are bonded to the decking material using adhesives and stress plates.

FAQ
Will the EPDM rubber roof need protectants?

No, there is a common myth that you will need to protect it against sunlight,
but that is not true.

Is there a maintenance schedule I need to follow with an EPDM roof?

Generally, no. However, it is recommend that you have a roofing expert
conduct a yearly inspection of the roof surface.

Can anything damage a EPDM rubber roof?

It is less resistant to oil products and contact with oils both mineral and vegetable. petroleum, and grease has to be avoided.

If a part of the EPDM rubber roof is damaged will I need to replace the
entire piece?

No, there is special flashing we use on an EPDM rubber roof repair that allows us to repair small areas.