What is an EPDM roofing system?

EPDM (ethylene propylene diene terpolymer) is a synthetic membrane roofing material used on low slope or flat roofs, typically on commercial structures, but may be ideal for a garage or outbuilding. The material is very durable, with a lifespan as long as 25 to 30 years. EPDM roofing comes in panels ranging in width from 5 feet to 50 feet and can be installed with minimum seams on larger facilities.

EPDM benefits

EPDM roofing systems come with several benefits:

  • Fire-resistant
  • Resistant to oil and chemicals
  • UV resistant
  • Wind resistant
  • Hail-resistant
  • Heat and cold resistant
  • Flexible
  • Reduced energy costs
  • Lifespan of roof between 20 and 35 years

How is an EPDM roof installed?

The beauty of an EPDM roofing system includes fast installation. The membrane is often glued to the substrate. In most roofing systems on new builds, a layer of insulation is first installed beneath the EPDM. Some of these roof installations are “ballasted,” installed with larger sheets of EPDM which is held in place with a specialized stone layer. Others are fully adhered, with the EPDM attached to the roof and then glued to the installation. For some facilities, the EPDM may be mechanically attached to the roof deck, then the seams covered with a specialized EPDM seam tape.

EPDM: Weather resistant roofing system

Building owners throughout Austin, San Antonio, and Houston must consider the extreme Texas weather when choosing a roofing system. EPDM roofing systems are durable, and able to withstand the extreme heat and cold, along with rain and hail. When installed professionally by the roofing team at LOA Construction, you can expect a long lifespan with minimal maintenance.

Maintaining an EPDM roof

Our team installs, replaces, and repairs EPDM roofs. The membrane, while tough, can be damaged by workers accessing the roof who have dropped a tool, or damaged the membrane with a spill. Any time you are expecting an HVAC repair company or other professional who needs to access the roof, ensure the roof is inspected after the workers leave.

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EPDM and energy costs

The most durable EPDM is black, due to the carbon in the product. The carbon brings exceptional strength to the product, and blocks UV rays, but as it is black, it is not considered a cool roofing product. However, the EPDM can be coated with a reflective coating to reflect the sun. EPDM is also available in a white, in which the black carbon is replaced with titanium dioxide. While this product reflects the heat, it is slightly less durable than the standard black EPDM. If you are interested in energy savings, our team at LOA Construction can discuss your options, whether adding a reflective coating, or installing white EPDM.

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Why choose LOA Construction for EPDM roofing?

If you need to install, replace, or repair an EPDM roofing system, our team at LOA Construction offers same-day inspections and estimates. We respect the time of our customers, and understand that they may require fast service, particularly when a roof has suffered weather damage and requires repair without delay. We offer our customers a set of benefits:

  • Transferable warranty
  • 10-year workmanship warranty
  • Energy-efficient EPDM roofing systems
  • Same-day roof inspections and estimates
  • Roof installations and repairs scheduled within a week
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