EPDM Roofing Systems Are An Energy Efficient Option

Commercial EPDM Single – Ply Roofing System – Part 1

Learn about the energy efficiency, durability and other various benefits of both black and white EPDM roofing systems.

As the green building movement continues to grow with the commercial construction market, energy-efficient roofing technologies are often at the forefront. For many building and roofing professionals, however, much of the attention has been directed solely at white or light-colored reflective roofing materials.

Many roof designers are taking their clues from studies that show reflective roof surfaces reflect solar radiation back into the atmosphere, keeping the roof system cooler and ultimately reducing building energy usage through lower air conditioning demand. In some cases, a white thermoplastic polyolefin (TPO) membrane fully adhered over polyiso insulation may in fact be the most appropriate roof design for a given building. This is especially true in climates where cooling degree days outnumber heating degree days.

Yet, frequently missing from the discussion about creating eco-friendly roofs are several important aspects:

  • EPDM roof systems, both black and white, can provide a strong, energy-efficient option
  • Reducing a building’s heating costs is often more important in many parts of the country
  • The roofing material’s durability and life-cycle assessment should be considered

EPDM Proven History

According to EPDM Roofing Association, ethylene propylene diene terpolymer (EPDM) rubber roofing membrane accounts for more than 1 billion square feet of new roof coverings in the United States each year. Although EPDM has been in use for over four decades, it has been the last 25 years where its growth has made it the single-ply market leader. Today, there are well over 5000,000 warranted roof installations totaling more than 20 billion square feet of EPDM membrane in place nationwide.

Behind more than four decades of successful field performance, EPDM has become the trusted system of choice for many roofing contractors and building owners worldwide. In addition to outstanding weathering characteristics, flexibility, durability, and life-cycle costs, EPDM also offers superior wind, hail and fire resistance. Specifically, ballasted EPDM roofing systems are among the most common and economical installation available today.

Talk to a Minnesota commercial roofing contractor to find out if an EPDM roof system is the right choice for your building.

Source: arwmag.com


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One Response to “EPDM Roofing Systems Are An Energy Efficient Option”

  1. roofing contractor vancouver Says:

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