The Advantages of Installing a Rubber Roof on Your Building

If the roof of your commercial building has suffered damage or you are considering renovations, a rubber roof may be an excellent option. Typically used on flat roofs in the Midwest, Florida, and other parts of the United States, this newly popular roofing option offers many advantages to property owners.

man installing rubber roof

Rubber roofing, known to professionals as ethylene propylene diene terpolymer (EPDM), is becoming more mainstream in the roofing industry.

If you’re unfamiliar with rubber roofs, you’re not alone. Here’s a summary of the many pros (and a few cons) of updating your building with a rubber roof.

A Rubber Roof is Inexpensive and Easy to Install

The cost of EPDM is often far lower than other roofing materials. It’s lightweight and installation is quick and easy. The rubber is glued into place, removing the need for torches or hot asphalt. There are many installation options, making EPDM a favorite among roofing professionals.

Reduced labor and installation cost makes rubber roofing one of the most economical options available.

Rubber Roofing is Low Maintenance

Buildings outfitted with a rubber roof require minimal maintenance. EPDM is waterproof, and because it’s laid in single pieces, there are fewer seams that can cause leaks. In some cases, the roofing comes in 50-foot sheet rolls, creating a “shrink wrap” type of covering on your building.

If you need a repair, it’s usually a quick, easy, and inexpensive process. In most cases, a tube of liquid rubber or special tape is all that is needed.

EPDM is High-Quality and Long-Lasting

A rubber roof can last up to 50 years and meets building codes in most states. It’s resistant to fire, mold, mildew, and pests. EPDM withstands severe weather and extreme temperatures without cracking or crumbling.

Eco-Friendly Materials Save Money and Protect the Planet

Made of eco-friendly materials, rubber roofing is heat-reflective. This reduces cooling costs in the summer months. When the temperatures drop, the material acts as an insulator, keeping your building warm and lowering heat bills.

Most rubber roofs are made of recycled material. At the end of its life, you may choose to recycle the entire roof. This makes EPDM one of the greenest materials on the market today.

Potential Drawbacks

The primary drawback of rubber roofing is that the color can fade over time, giving it a worn appearance. However, a coat of acrylic paint every 10 to 12 years takes care of this issue.

Also, professional installation is required and it must be installed under dry conditions. Since this is the case with most roofs, it’s a minor drawback.

Explore Your Roofing Options with Commercial Roofing of Wisconsin

Updating the roof on your commercial property is a big commitment. At Commercial Roofing of Wisconsin, our number one priority is to protect your investment.

If you’re in the Milwaukee or Menomonee Falls area, contact us today for a free quote. We will review your project and give you a clear and honest assessment of your total project cost and projected timeline. Our goal is to be your trusted partner throughout every step of your roofing project, and we take our commitment seriously.