If I asked homeowners what types of roofing options are available, nine times out of ten the homeowner is only going to say asphalt shingles. After all, what other types of roofs are there? Well, apart from wood shake and slate residential roofing, there’s also rubber roofing – which is applicable in both residential and commercial applications. And though you may not think about your roof that much, it plays a key role in how much money you shell out year after year in the form of maintenance and heating & cooling.
Instead of claiming that rubber EPDM (Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer) roofing is the end all be all solution for homeowners, we’re simply going to look at its advantages and disadvantages to help you make and educated decision for your home or business.
Pro: EPDM Rubber Acts as an Insulator
EPDM rubber is great at separating the inside of your home from the ravages of mother nature. The rubber not only reflects heat during the summer (helping to decrease cooling costs), but it also helps prevent hot air from rising and escaping during the winter.
Con: It Must Be Installed by Professionals
Some people like to try to do all of their home repairs and maintenance on their own. Unfortunately, EPDM isn’t as easy to install as typical shingles – so you probably won’t have the skill necessary to install it on your own. However, this could be a “pro” as well, since a professional will save you time, money, ensure the job is done correctly, and provide a standard quality of service.
Pro: Has a Long Lifespan That Can Last 30-50 Years
Though slate roofs have one of the longest lifespans of any roofing options, EPDM rubber roofing can last 30-50 years – which is nothing to sneeze at. Typical shingle roofs only last 20 years, and wood shake shingles can last about 30 years. In terms of longevity, EPDM rubber outlasts these previous two options.
Con: It’s Only Applicable for Businesses and Homes with Flat Roofs
EPDM rubber is mostly used on flat surfaces with few exceptions. However, not all businesses have flat surfaces and not all homes have slanted roofs. Given the shape of your roof, EPDM may or may not be a viable alternative roofing solution.
Pro: Environmentally Friendly
One of the largest problems with asphalt roofing is that they contribute so much waste to landfills. Fortunately, EPDM materials are often made out of recycled rubber, so you won’t have to choose between your roof and the health of mother Earth.
Rubber is anything but delicate; however, it’s not exactly indestructible, though. Heavy storms, falling branches, and other high impact situations can damage the rubber. Though they can last 30-50 years, they aren’t as resistant to impact as hail-rated asphalt shingles or slate roofing.
If you have a flat roof on your home or business and wanted to consider your options, feel free to give us a call today. We provide free estimates to help you understand how big or small your project is, and we’re always willing to discuss the best options for your unique situation.