Update Your Home With A New EPDM Roofing System
Most homes are installed with an asphalt shingle roof in the United States. The main reason why asphalt shingles are so popular in the United States is price. Asphalt shingles are much cheaper than other roofing materials, such as metal, clay and concrete tiles, wood, and rubber. Asphalt shingles have a guaranteed life of about 20 years. However, there are factors that can shorten the life of a shingled roof. These factors include natural disasters, heavy snowfalls, strong winds, and falling debris. To ensure the longevity of your existing roof, you should consider having an EPDM membrane installed over your existing roofing system.
How Long Do EPDM Roofs Last?
EPDM roofs are extremely durable. They can resist long-term exposure to all kinds of weather. Most EPDM roofing contractors will guarantee their work for several years. Most manufacturers offer a 20-year warranty to customers who purchase their EPDM roofing materials. The warranty covers damage caused by factor defects, normal wear and tear, and weather. One thing that is not included in the warranty is damaged caused by chalking.
Licensed roofing contractors offer a broad range of services including:
- Roofing repairs
- Gutter installation
- Roofing vent installation
- Metal, EPDM, clay, and asphalt installation
How Is EPDM Membranes Installed On Existing Roofs?
EPDM membranes are constructed from heavy-duty ethylene propylene diene monomer. The material can be installed over existing roofs in some cases. However, it must be installed directly over 5/8” OSB, polyisocyanurate board or plywood. The membrane will not stick to roofing materials that are petroleum-based. If you are interested in an EPDM roof for your home, you should contact one of the Bronx New York best choice for EPDM roofing professionals. These experts will help you determine if your home is suitable for an EPDM roof installation.
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The biggest downside to EPDM roofing is the installation process. Unlike asphalt shingles, metal, wood, and clay tiles, EPDM roofing materials cannot be installed in temperatures below 40 degrees Fahrenheit. If you would like to have one of these roofs installed on your home or business, you should do it during the summer or early fall.
Licensed roofing contractors will not install EPDM membranes unless the temperature has remained 40 degrees Fahrenheit or above for the last 24 hours.
Another downside to EPDM roofing systems is limited color availability. Unlike metal, asphalt shingles, and clay roofing tiles, EPDM roofs are only available in black and white-on-black. Each color offers unique benefits. For example, black EPDM membranes are designed to resist long-term exposure to UV rays, resulting in more longevity.
White-on-black EPDM roofing membranes are designed to keep the interior of the home cooler. This color is ideal for humid subtropical climates. The only problem with white-on-black EPDM is it is not guaranteed to last as long as black EPDM.
EPDM roofing is guaranteed to last 20 years or longer when installed correctly. If you do opt to have this type of roofing system installed on your home or business, you should only agree to hire a licensed EPDM roofing contractor. These experts are skilled in EPDM installation, so they will know exactly how to approach the task to ensure the life of your new roof.
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