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EPDM Rubber Roof Installation Tips

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EPDM rubber roofs are flexible. This makes them ideal for use on buildings that have uniquely-shaped roofs. The fact that they come as single-ply membranes means that they don't have seams and joints. This, in addition to the fact that they are strong and durable, makes them ideal for use on flat roofs that are usually susceptible to water leaks. EPDM rubber roofs being easy to install and inexpensive to maintain simply makes them irresistible as far as using them as commercial roofing materials is concerned.

The following are roof installation tips that will come in handy in helping to ensure that you get the most out of your EPDM rubber roof.

Fill in any wide gaps in the roof structure

The EPDM rubber roof's flexibility allows for stress-free installation and makes it possible for it to be used on unusually shaped roofs. Unfortunately, this quality makes it sensitive to gaps on the underlying structure on which the rubber is installed.

If the underlying roof structure has wide gaps, make sure that you fill them with strips of wood. If you don't, the EPDM rubber roof will develop depressions at these points. This will encourage ponding of rainwater, something that will then increase the rate at which the EPDM rubber roof deteriorates. Ponding will also increase the overall weight of the roof. The additional pressure that this places on your roof's structure will then increase the chances of the roof collapsing. All this can be avoided by ensuring that the base on which you lay the rubber roof is gap-free.

Clean before installation

You should get rid of any dirt and debris before installing your EPDM rubber roof. Why? Because the presence of unwanted materials on the surface on which the EPDM is to be placed will create bulges. These will not only make for an unappealing look, but will also create points of weakness since the unevenness created by the debris will make the rubber susceptible to tearing. And since flat roofs are sensitive to even the slightest of bulges, the unevenness created by the debris will encourage ponding, something that will then reduce the lifespan of the roof. There is also the fact that spaces created by the debris can serve as entry points for rainwater. As a result, your business will be left vulnerable to water damage.

Taking advantage of these tips, in addition to making sure that there is adequate overlapping in cases where you use several pieces of EPDM, will ensure that you not only have a waterproof roof installed by a commercial roofing contractor, but also enjoy the durability and low-maintenance qualities of this roofing material.