There are several options for commercial flat roofs in Michigan, from asphalt to thermoplastic coatings. One of the most popular options is called ethylene propylene diene terpolymer, or EPDM. What are the advantages of choosing an EPDM roof for your business?
One of the biggest reasons EPDM roofing is popular is that it’s relatively inexpensive. An EPDM roof is still a high-quality roof that is durable and long-lasting. The bottom line is that it’s good for your company’s bottom line. Unless you need special qualities such as chemical resistance, EPDM roofing is a solid choice.
Cold Adhesive Application
Another benefit of EPDM, and something that saves you money on installation, is that it can be cold installed. This is different than asphalt roofing, which requires special tools and heat-application treatments to apply. For this reason, the installation cost of an EPDM roof is significantly lower than built-up roofs or asphalt.
Versatile Installation Options
EPDM works great for brand-new roofs and also as a replacement for old or damaged roofing materials. There are several types of EPDM roof options. Some can be installed directly on top of the roof structure. Others adhere to existing roofing materials, which means you don’t have to pay for the old roof to be completely torn off.
Good Weather Resistance
Michigan’s weather is constantly changing. Your business is no stranger to cold winters and hot summers. EPDM adapts well to the demands of different seasons without cracking. A properly maintained EPDM roof can last decades.
As a rubber membrane, EPDM provides a good seal around penetrations. That said, it’s vulnerable to hail damage and foot traffic. The good news is that any cuts are relatively easy to repair. Instead of replacing a large section of roof, contractors can add a small patch and completely seal any tears. As long as you schedule regular roofing inspection/preventative maintenance for your EPDM roof, you’re good to go.