What You Need to Know About Your Commercial Building’s EPDM Roofing

In our last blog post, we talked about TPO and PVC single-ply membrane roofing materials. However, your flat or low-slope commercial roof may have a single-ply membrane roofing system in place today that’s not made of either of those reflective and energy-efficient materials. EPDM roofing is a synthetic rubber material—almost always black in color—that is also a strong and durable single-ply membrane.

Unfortunately, some of these EPDM membrane roofs may now be quite old, as the first installations of this material began over 40 years ago.

If your commercial building’s existing roofing membrane is indeed made of EPDM (which stands for ethylene propylene diene monomer), you may now be experiencing leaks at seams or points where the material has been damaged over time. And, you certainly are not experiencing the energy-saving benefits that white-colored and reflective “cool roofing” materials can offer.

Luckily, one of the biggest benefits of EPDM membrane material is its ability to be quickly restored with elastomeric roof coatings and other proven roofing solutions for repair and restoration. Let’s take a closer look.

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What to Know About TPO Roofing

Is your commercial building’s roof older and beginning to leak? Have your heating and cooling bills steadily crept up in recent years and you suspect your aging flat or low-slope roof could be at least partially to blame?

As a building owner or operations manager, you realize it’s time to do something to address the problem, but you fear that something could mean an expensive and business-disrupting total tear-off and roof replacement.

Even if other commercial roofing contractors have suggested that you need to replace your roof, don’t sign up for such a massive project before you consider your restoration options. Newer roofing materials—like TPO single-ply membrane roofing—offer incredible benefits for restoring your old, tired roof. Single-ply roofing will give you strong, truly waterproof roofing with no tear-off and rebuilding process necessary!

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