Roofs Gone Green
Sustainable, and affordable – with EPDM roofing.
Spring is here, and energy-efficient roofing systems are all the new buzz! In the era of sustainable building practices, environmental conservation is at the forefront of everyone’s minds both at home and in the workplace.
What are the benefits of White Membrane Roofing vs other available roofing options?
EPDM roofing options have been around for more than 50 years, and are unmatched when compared to competing roofing systems when it comes to long-term service life. Even 30 year old EPDM has been known to exceed physical properties of new competing materials! Made from synthetic rubber, the EPDM roof is durable, affordable and easy to install. And, not only is it great for residential homes, it will work wonders for commercial properties as well.
Here are a few key benefits of White Membrane Roofing;
- Extremely long lifespan (up to 30+ years)
- Durable enough to withstand inclement weather
- Resistant to Thermal Cycling
- Reduction in UV exposure
- Flexible in any temperature
What are the characteristics of EPDM Roofing?
According to the EPDM Roofing Association, EPDM is classified as a synthetic type of rubber made of ethylene and propylene. EPDM roofs come in two options making it easy for our homeowners and business owners alike.
Black EPDM has a smooth finish, looking fairly similar to gray slate. Black EPDM roofing is best known for their ability to absorb the heat of the sun, causing the roof to become extremely hot. These are usually best installed in cooler climates, such as in the Northern United States regions, where keeping heat in, is essential.
White EPDM also has a smooth finish, but is best known for it’s ability to reflect the sun’s heat and energy away from your residential home or commercial building. This will cause the roof to remain cooler during the warm summer months. For the southern region, white roofs will help lower utility costs, and keep you cool in the East Texas heat.
White EPDM roofing will lower the surface temperature of your roof by 80 degrees! Keeping you cool, and comfortable all summer long without breaking the bank on your utility bills!
How durable is White Membrane Roofing?
A roof with EPDM roofing membrane installed, is durable regardless of the weather conditions. EPDM is an expansive material, with the ability to contract with changing climates vs cracking or tearing. EPDM is also highly durable in extreme wind, hail, or snow, and is fairly water resistant. However, it is important to note that you have proper drainage if your roof is made of this material to prevent prolonged exposure to standing water.
How long will an EPDM White Membrane Roof last me?
You can expect to get anywhere from 12-25 years out of your roof. The actual lifespan will depend on the thickness, and it’s exposure to our East Texas extreme weather conditions. When properly maintained, installed and cared for, you can expect your EPDM roofing membrane to last as long as 50 years!!!
Can I repair my EPDM roof? Or would I need to replace my roof?
Like any roof, your EPDM roof will need repairs, and maintenance. Because this roofing system is made of vulcanized rubber, our certified roofing contractors won’t be able to simply heat the rubber to the desired melting point for repair of small holes and cracks. However, simple repair kits are available, and routine maintenance will increase the lifespan of your roof.
Would you like to learn more?
Give our team here at Roofmasters a call! You deserve the best, and at Roofmasters we promise to provide nothing short of that.