Rubber has been one of the main materials being used in commercial roofing since the 1960s, particularly in the construction of flat roof. Rubber offers several advantages over other roof materials. For one, it is reasonably priced and cost efficient, the best choice of property owners who are in a budget. Second, rubber roof is relatively easier to install, which means that it won’t take a lot of time hiring the service of workers. And lastly, the roof is highly durable and not susceptible to producing unpleasant odors.
In the area of flat-roof engineering, construction professionals often use EDPM to refer to rubber roof. EDPM stands for Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer, a breed of rubber that undergoes curing either before or after the installation. Curing is a process of improving the strength and resiliency of the material. In terms of categorization, rubber roof belongs to single ply membrane roofs, which means it only consists of only ply of material as opposed to several plies glued together.
Commercial roofing contractors employ three basic methods in installing EDPM or rubber roof. First, they can completely glue the material to the building surface by using industrial water or solvent adhesives. Second, they can fasten the roofs to the walls by employing different mechanical tools and then ballasting them with rocks or concrete. Third, they can employ a loose-laid roof system wherein only adhesives and splice tapes will hold the roofs in place. The third method is often used to carry out an aesthetic plan, though it is important to note that the structural layout of the building should be perfect and the people who’ll perform installation are highly specializing in rubber roof installation.
Rubber roof can last between 10 and 30 years depending on the degree of weathering it will encounter and the level of maintenance being applied to it. There are so many conditions that can affect the lifespan of a roof, like the kind of structure it is covering, the foot traffic that it normally gets, the amount of rain it receives and the duration it has to take to dry the water, and of course the geographic location of the building.
It goes without saying that the lifespan of flat roofs also depends on the way it is installed. The workmanship of the roofing contractor will be a basis of how often you have to spend for repair of the roof in the future. To save over-all costs, see to it that the roofing company that will install your property’s rubber covering is highly skilled and has adequate experience in doing the job. You always have the option to install the flat roof yourself, but note that your workmanship cannot beat the skill of a professional who has spent several years doing the same thing for a living.
Rubber-made roof is just one of the choices that you have for commercial roofing. All roofing materials have their respective advantages and disadvantages, so spare a few hours reading and finding out which kind of roof can work for your property.
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