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EPDM Rubber Roofing in North Carolina

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EPDM is an extremely durable synthetic rubber roofing membrane that is widely used in low slope buildings. EPDM is commonly used on commercial roofs, but can also be found on residential structures with a low slope. There are many advantages to EPDM.

Its affordability, durability and energy efficiency has made it a popular choice among property owners who need to protect their flat roof from heat, precipitation and more. EPDM is available in black or white and in a wide variety of widths, so it's easy to customize to the structure where it's being installed. In addition, it's also easy to maintain. Many homeowners and business owners regard EPDM as a win-win roofing material, and a clear choice for a new flat roof.

How long does an EPDM rubber roof last?

EPDM roof membranes remain stable over time and can have a life expectancy of over 50 years. There are many things you can do to extend the life of your EPDM roof:

  • Keep moss and leaves off your roof. Cleaning your roof periodically will prevent clogs from forming in the drains and will also allow your roof to dry fully following rain.
  • Get regular inspections. Find a professional you trust to inspect your flat roof periodically. Regular maintenance performed over time can prevent big problems from occurring. This is especially important as your EPDM roof ages. Properly installed, EPDM roofing should need repair for a long time. However, your roofer can identify problems that could cause damage to your roof.
  • Cut down overhanging branches. Don't let branches hang over your roof. Twigs and larger branches that drop onto your roof can do real damage. Maintain a distance between trees in your landscape and your building or house.

Is EPDM Roofing any good?

Yes, EPDM is a good roofing product for a homeowner or business owner who wants a long-lasting, durable product that is easy to maintain and eco-friendly. EPDM is a flat roof product, only appropriate for roofs with a flat roof or low-slope. Your roofing contractor will help you decide if EPDM is appropriate for your home or commercial building.

Can you walk on an EPDM Roof?

EPDM is designed to take LIGHT foot traffic during installation and for occasional cleaning or maintenance. EPDM is not appropriate if you regularly use your roof for activities like entertaining, gardening, etc.

Can EPDM be installed on plywood?

You can install EPDM membrane over an existing roof only if a new layer of 5/8" plywood, 5/8" OSB board or polyisocyanurate board with a fiberglass backing is used as a barrier to protect the EPDM.

Can you put a new rubber roof over an old rubber roof?

You install a new membrane directly over top of the old rubber membrane IF:

1) The existing insulation is not saturated with moisture AND

2) The deck is not rotten or rusted to the point that it cannot hold a screw.

What thickness should I choose?

An EPDM roof with a thickness of 45 mils should last around twelve years. If your roof is 90 mils thick, it might last more than twenty-five years.

How much does EPDM Cost?

Expect to pay between $6.50 and $12.50 per square foot to install EPDM membrane on a typical flat roof. The best way to find out how much your EPDM roof will cost is to consult with a contractor that has transparent billing practices and a good reputation.

EPDM Roofing Installation in North Carolina

Pickard Roofing is proud to be the EPDM pros in North Carolina! We can help you determine how much it will cost to install a new EPDM roof on your home. We can also help you maintain your existing EPDM roof. Contact us for a free estimate or to discuss your maintenance and installation needs.

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