The most distinct difference between EPDM (ethylene propylene diene monomer) and other roofing systems like it (TPO and PVC) is that it is installed with glue/adhesive. Then the edges are mechanically fastened using nails. Of course heat sealed seam tape is placed along the seams helps to ensure the roof is watertight so welding is not required. Some can see this as a benefit or disadvantage, but these seams are areas that could cause a potential problem.
Before moving forward with repairs you should have your EPDM roof membrane inspected by a professional. Also taking a look at the seams and edges is a helpful way to detect an issue. Keep in mind though that just because that is where the water is pooling or coming in to the building that does not mean that that is the area that needs to be fixed on your EPDM roof. An infrared roof scan can pinpoint the origin of your leak providing you with the exact location of your problem and the area of the EPDM membrane that requires repair.
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Repairing a single-ply roofing system can be a simple process however there are contractors who find working with a rubber membrane to be difficult and may take on a job with only basic training how to repair it. Look for a roofing contractor with proven experience in repairing an EPDM roof. It is always disappointing to arrive at an emergency repair only to see that the damage was caused by an improper repair done previously by an inexperienced contractor.
If you have an EPDM roof that needs repair in the Lower Mainland area or maybe just an inspection or maintenance, call us today. We will bring experience, quality to your EPDM roof.
One of the most popular commercial roofing options is EPDM roofing. Epdm roofing systems are lightweight and simple to install. It is a single-ply membrane like TPO and PVC made of synthetic rubber which has been improved over the years so that current EPDM roofing systems are incredibly durable, tear and highly puncture resistant while maintaining flexibility. EPDM roofs have superior resistance to extreme heat and fire, and ultraviolet radiation.