Rubber membrane roofing, also known as ethylene propylene diene monomer (EPDM) roofing, is installed in wide sheets using a specialized latex bonding adhesive, but it is not nailed in place. Often, rubber roofs are fully bonded to the roof deck with cement, and the absence of nails makes it an even better choice for low-pitch roofs that are susceptible to leaks. You may choose to install a rubber membrane on a pitched roof simply because it is seamless and easy to install, requiring only a perimeter bond if you are mechanically fastening strips.
The membrane is available in 10- or 20-ft.-wide rolls to help reduce the total number of seams. In recent years, EPDM membrane has become more do-it-yourself friendly, and it’s available to consumers through roofing suppliers and some home centers. It is comparably priced to quality asphalt shingles. However, EPDM’s black color won’t win any beauty contests, and it will be the hottest roof around in mid-summer’s heat.
Rubber membrane roofs used to be installed exclusively in commercial situations, but DIY-friendly versions have become common in recent years. They’re an excellent choice for flat or near-flat roofs.
United Restoration in Colorado Springs
The installation, repair or replacement of a roof is an investment in the value of your home, and the homeowner should be equipped with the most comprehensive information available before deciding which options to use. Building contractors such as United Restoration Colorado Springs, who specialize in roofing have expertise in the various roofing materials as well as knowledge of the local conditions in Colorado Springs and other areas in Colorado, United Restoration understands the climate and problems particular to the region. A consultation with United Restoration will provide you, the homeowner with an inspection report and an estimate on the required work. Contact us today if you think your roof needs repair or replacement, the sooner you do, the better off you’ll be.