An EPDM rooftop is a flat rooftop made from a rubber membrane and can be commonly seen on top of large buildings and businesses. Our company provides timely, efficient rooftop repair services for clients located in Minneapolis, Saint Paul, and the surrounding area. Today, we’ll give you the lowdown on everything you need to know about EPDM rubber roof repair.
You may have decided to choose an EPDM (ethylene propylene diene monomer) roof for your building or business because you heard it was a cost-effective choice with a simple installation process. This is true, and while EPDM roofing can be punctured by flying objects, like branches or poles, or be subject to shrinkage or wrinkling, we are confident in our EPDM rubber roof repair services!
Despite these minor damage risks, numerous benefits come with EPDM roofing. What’s more, there is no need to stress about repairs, as we are here to lend a helping hand and provide you with excellent EPDM rubber roof repair services. If you need someone to repair your rooftop in Minneapolis and Saint Paul, our services are available to anyone located there, as well as in surrounding areas.
Qualified to fix any type of roofing damage, we can fix leaks and punctures in your EPDM rubber roof. Additionally, if you’re interested in experiencing the benefits of an EPDM rubber roof and would like to transition from other roofing materials to EPDM, we can make that transition as smooth as possible for you.
Today, we’re going to examine what an EPDM rubber rooftop is, discuss how EPDM rooftop repairs work, and highlight all of the benefits that come with choosing this roofing material. First, you may be wondering what kinds of buildings commonly use EPDM roofing materials. Here are some structures that bode well with an EPDM rubber rooftop:
● Apartment buildings
● Big box stores
● High schools
● Elementary schools
● Homes with little to no rooftop slope
What is an EPDM Rubber Roof?
An EPFM rooftop is made from a synthetic rubber roofing membrane. It is easy to work with and maintain over the years and provides more protection from weather than other roofing materials. It is made from ethylene and propylene and is typically only available in black, however white is also an option, and in the future EPDM, rubber rooftops may be available in more colors.
EPDM roofing is sold in different sizes that range from 7.5 to 50 feet in length. In terms of thickness, there are two choices, 40 or 60 millimeters. We can install this rooftop for you using different methods. We can mechanically attach it, ensuring every seam is secure by using specialty tape or adhesives. EPDM rooftop sheeting can also come fully ready to be attached.
Since it comes in the form of a sheet, EPDM can fit nicely over any curvature on a rooftop. It can be easily applied to large areas and provides a flat surface, making it easy to clean any debris or easy to find any loose objects that may be on the rooftop.
EPDM rooftops can “withstand everything the environment can throw at it” and the materials used can be reused, causing little to no damage to the environment. While it is highly resilient and damage proof, it can be torn. Luckily, we can repair your rooftop promptly.
Should I Choose an EPDM Rubber Rooftop?
If you’re in the Minneapolis or Saint Paul area and looking to replace your current roof with a new EPDM rubber version, don’t hesitate to call us. There are numerous benefits to choosing this type of roofing. Let’s go over them! First, EPDM roofing is much more affordable than other alternatives. Cedar shingles, metal roofing, and other materials will typically cost you a lot more than EPDM rubber. This affordability also applies to installation and labor costs.
EPDM rubber roofing is also durable and weather resistant, and while it’s not completely protected from leaks or punctures, those are easy to repair and EPDM rooftops require less regular maintenance. Outside of the wind possibly causing branches or poles to puncture the roof, the weather does not pose a serious threat. In comparison, shingles can sometimes easily fly off in high winds, and they can also crack and become brittle when exposed to sunlight for long periods.
Additionally, EPDM rubber roofing materials are not a major contributor to global warming. If you’re serious about being as green and environmentally conscious as possible, you may want to opt for a rubber rooftop. Your EPDM rubber rooftop has been recycled and will continue to be recycled in the future. The low impact on the environment also stems from how long-lasting EPDM rubber is. Your rooftop can typically last for 30 years, but it is not uncommon for it to last for up to 50! You can rest easy knowing you won’t have to deal with much regular maintenance during that time, and if you do need a repair, we’ll get that fixed for you whenever is convenient.
How Can EPDM Rubber Rooftops be Damaged?
Although EPDM rooftops are known for their resiliency, nothing is completely damage-proof. Listed below are some forms of damage that may occur, but don’t worry, we can fix them all!
● Rubber shrinkage
● Membrane punctures caused by objects like branches, poles, etc.
● The original installation was done improperly
● Wrinkles and creases
EPDM Rubber Roof Repair: How it Works
Often, inexperienced contractors will hastily try and repair a flat EPDM roof since they assume it will be an easy fix. A bad experience with an unqualified contractor will cause you frustration in the future when you just have to repair your roof again. With years of experience repairing rubber rooftops, we know exactly what we’re doing and will ensure the job is done right.
While EPDM roofing is the convenient choice in roofing materials, there are important steps that need to be followed when fixing damages. To patch up a hole in a damaged rubber roof, an experienced contractor needs to clean and prepare the surface before moving to the next step. You can rest assured knowing that we can perform all steps thoroughly and accurately.
EPDM roofing contains carbon that becomes noticeably visible as the membrane in EPDM ages. Dirt and oxidation also need to be cleaned before patching up a hole or puncture in your roof. The patching materials used to fix this wouldn’t be able to firmly stay in place without a cleaned surface.
Next, we’ll ensure the patching material used is cut properly and will completely cover the damaged area, as well as extending 2 inches on all sides. Using EPDM roofing primer, we then use a paintbrush to apply the appropriate amount to the membrane surface where the patch needs to be applied. Again, it needs to extend 2 inches beyond the damaged area.
There are two options for patching materials we can use, one is a pressure-sensitive patch while the other uses an EPDM adhesive. To apply the pressure-sensitive patch, we will ensure it is firmly in place and free of air bubbles. When using an adhesive to apply the patch, the single-ply glue is added to the patch, then a steel roller is used to ensure the patch stays in place after it’s applied to the damaged area.
Rubber shrinkage usually resembles small tears in the corners of the rooftop. Luckily, this doesn’t necessarily mean the membrane is damaged. If this is the case, we can easily install a new membrane instead of having to alter the current roofing.
If the membrane is starting to curl the corners of your rooftop, we can cut that and replace it. Wrinkles and creases on your rooftop can be fixed with a silicone EPDM roller and a heat gun. We will make sure that the heat gun is handled properly and not left unattended at any time. Lastly, the original installation of your EPDM rooftop may have been done improperly by a company with less experience with this type of installation. Once our team assesses the low-quality installation, we’ll be able to come up with a thorough plan that will make your rooftop look as good as new!
It is always wise to choose a roofing company with years of experience dealing with EPDM roofing materials and repairs. If you suspect your roofing repairs are not being done properly, or if the quality of work is not reflecting the price, it’s not too late to give us a call. EPDM roofing materials are used more frequently with commercial businesses and large buildings, like apartments and schools. It is a much more practical option since these larger buildings need a solid, flat roof that will protect everyone inside.
If you’re in Minneapolis, Saint Paul, or a surrounding area you can call us to inquire about repairing your rooftop. We’ll be able to give you an accurate cost estimate and will ensure only highly experienced contractors will be on-site to perform repairs. The job will be done right, and it will be done on time! Our rooftop repair services aren’t just for your home, and if you’re a busy property manager or business owner in charge of rooftop damages, we’ll be there for you. You have a lot on your plate, and you can rest easy knowing that any leak, hole, shrinkage or other types of damage will be fixed. Call us today!