The Science Behind EPDM Rubber

EPDM (Ethylene Propylene Diene Terpolymer) is a synthetic rubber roofing membrane that is extremely durable and widely used in low-slope buildings. Available in both black and white in a wide variety of widths, an EPDM roof is commonly used in single-ply roofing because it is simple to apply and readily available. At Commercial Roofing of Wisconsin, we’ve installed EPDM roofing for our great customers all over the Milwaukee and Menomonee Falls areas, and we’re a big believer in this amazing material.

A synthetic type of rubber, EPDM is closely related to ethylene propylene rubber. With an ethylene content of around 45% to 85%, EPDM exhibits high loading possibilities, and superior mixing and extrusion. This allows the roofing material to have an extremely consistent thickness and ease of manufacture, lowering costs and improving installation. EPDM rubber is also extremely stable, and resists creep or flow after installation.

EPDM has outstanding heat, ozone, and weather resistance. In our Milwaukee area climate, this property holds special significance. EPDM roofs shed ice, snow and rain easily, and are also resistant to oils, solvents and acids. Excellent electrical insulation properties also deliver protection for the building and its inhabitants, and also make EPDM an excellent material for electrical cabling insulation.

EPDM rubber is also used as a safety material. EPDM granules are a component in a slurry that is sprayed onto concrete, asphalt, interlocking brick, wood, and other surfaces to create a non-slip and soft surface. This material is frequently found on pool decks or under playground equipment to help lessen incidences of injury.

Another extremely popular use of EPDM rubber is in the seals and weatherstripping around doors, windows and other openings of automobiles. This allows for a flexible, long lasting seal that conforms and fills the space tightly, inhibiting air infiltration and reducing noise. EPDM is also used in many hoses and tubes in the engine compartment, again for its properties of durability and flexibility.

EPDM is extremely versatile, but perhaps its best use is as a roofing material. Its relatively low cost, ease of installation, resistance to scuffs and tears, and warranted lifespan of 30 years means you get an attractive, durable roof that will last for decades with minimal maintenance. At Commercial Roofing of Wisconsin, we’re standing by to deliver on our promise and provide your business with the best roof possible.

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