EPDM Rubber

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EPDM Rubber roof refers to a single-ply rubber membrane that’s composition is that of synthetic rubber. This rubber is the same used for inner tubes of car tires. The seams are glued together with contact cement or glue. This process has proven to fail, and this type of rubber roof does not last longer than ten years before giving a lot of problems. The adhesives used on the seams is what fails and then cause the roof to leak. Over the last 40 years since EPDM has been part of the roofing industry, they have changed the adhesives more than five times trying to correct the issues without success. So far there has not been a proven track record that any of the adhesive compositions had any success. Most roofing contractors in the south have now abandoned the installation of EPDM rubber altogether.

EPDM Roofing Systems – Advantages & Disadvantages

 EPDM Roofing – Advantages: least expensive system to install per square foot simple to install with the use of anchors, adhesives, and rollers weighs less than the other single ply membranes sold in wide rolls of 8-20 resulting in fewer seams on the market for over 40 years EPDM Roofing – Disadvantages: harmful UV rays degrades adhesives used on seams and flashing causing them to separate walk …

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EPDM & Modified Bitumen Torch Down Rubber Roofs – Which is the Best?

We took pictures of EPDM and Modified Bitumen Rubber Roofs that are about 10 years old to show a comparison of which roof lasts longest with the least amount of maintenance. We repair and install flat roofs Pittsburgh, Stamford, White Plains, and Norwalk. Above is a Modified Bitumen Torch down roof that is 14 years old. This EPDM roof is 10 …

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EPDM Rubber Roofs Fail Prematurely – Watch Video

  EPDM Rubber Roofs Fail Prematurely Prior to 2014, all EPDM Rubber Roofs have failed prematurely due to the break down of liquid adhesives used to bond seams. This single-ply rubber roofing system is predominately used on commercial flat roofs, but have failed to reach the life expectancy promised in the manufacturer’s warranty.  Manufacturers are still …

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EPDM Roofing Deteriorates from Harmful UV Rays – Watch Video

  EPDM Roofing Deterioration Stems from UV Exposure An EPDM roofing problem on a residence in Greenwich, Connecticut stemmed from the prolonged exposure to harmful ultraviolet rays. We found that the single ply EPDM rubber was shredded in a tight corner, next to a chimney, causing the roof to leak. Over time, the combination of …

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Five Commercial Flat Roof Systems Explained – Watch Video

There are 5 types of commercial flat roofing systems commonly installed. We specialize in the 2-Ply Modified Bitumen Torch Down system because of its durability features. We serve Pittsburgh, Harrisburg, White Plains, Stamford and Fairfield CT. The 5 systems are: Built- Up Roof (BUR) also known as the “Hot Tar and Gravel” roofs Metal Panel roof …

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