EPDM (ethylene propylene diene monomer) is a type of high performance synthetic rubber. It has been used in roofing since the 1960’s, and has proven to be an ideal material for roofs because of its excellent resistance to oxidants and weather conditions. It is especially engineered to resist damage from sunlight.
Besides being relatively inexpensive, EPDM is also very reliable if properly installed. It can be mechanically anchored with fasteners, ballasted with stone, or glued. In addition, it is an excellent choice for flat or gently sloping roofs.
Although how long EPDM lasts is dependant primarily upon weather conditions, poor installation and poor quality of workmanship can drastically reduce the life of your EPDM roof. If properly installed, your rubber roof should last for up to 50 years!
At Roofing Doctor, we have more than 10 years of experience in installing EPDM, and we have done hundreds of flat roof projects in the Rhode Island and Massachusetts area. Do not hesitate to call or email us if you want to know if EPDM is a good choice for you. For more information about EPDM roofing, please refer to our Rubber Roofing FAQ.