|Rubber roofing is a popular method for installing flat roofs on houses or commercial buildings nowadays. It is a merely new technique for roof installation by use of new materials but some see it as a new era in the building trade.|
From the word itself, rubber roofing is made of roofing material mixed with specialised EPDM rubber. EPDM stands for ethylene propylene diene monomer, which is a type of synthetic rubber. EPDM was mainly used indoors as a sealant but is now widely popular for roof installation.
Because of these features of EPDM in addition to its superior durability, it is getting used outdoors more and more widely as an alternative to the traditional flat roofing materials. It also provides flexibility to get used on commercial buildings, houses, and even RVs. Furthermore, rubber roofing can easily be applied using rubber glue or similar adhesives.
Rubber moves whenever the temperature rises or drops. However, with the advanced technology, this is not a problem fro EPDM as it is very flexible and can even elongate over three hunder per cent to cater for any movements in the building.
Just like any other roof, EPDM roof should be maintained regularly. It is highly advised that you check and clean your EPDM roof every quarter. It is less expensive for you to clean and maintain it than having to get it relaid every other year. With proper maintenance your roof can prevent certain tears or leaks which may cause a bigger problem. Without proper maintenance your rubber roof may not last the time span you have expected. And because it is made of EPDM, this type of surface is prone to attract dirt, grime and dust.
EPDM comes in rolls, so laying it down on a flat roof is very easy. Installing the material can be very straightforward depending on how your house's roof is shaped. If your house has a flat roof, you are in for luck as the rubber roofing is generally used on flat or slightly flat surfaces. EPDM membranes are nowadays available in seamless large sheets, which makes it very easy to cover small areas with a single sheet.
As long as the surface is cleaned thoroughly before the installation, and the membrane is installed properly with latex covering or sealant, your rubber roof will last a long time.
Even though the installation process sounds easy, it is always a good idea to consult a specialist roofing professional to prevent any potential damages.