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
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
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
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.