Rubber roofs, also known as EPDM, offer a variety of benefits. One of the biggest advantages to rubber is the cost. Not only is the roofing material itself less expensive, but the product is also lightweight and the installation is fast and easy, reducing installation costs.
Rubber is also long-lasting and durable. Rubber roofs come in a variety of thicknesses. Most rubber roofs are laid in a single piece with few seams, which helps avoid the potential for water damage. Rubber can withstand high winds and hail. And because rubber is not susceptible to UV rays, a properly-installed rubber roof can last 50 years or even longer with minimal maintenance.
Rubber is fire resistant. Not only is such a roof almost impossible to set afire, but the rubber is actively resistant to all forms of fire and can slow a fire to the point that help has time to arrive.
EPDM roofs are also extremely energy efficient. An EPDM roof reflects the sun’s heat which can reduce cooling costs. EDPM also acts as insulation, trapping in heat to reduce energy costs in the colder months. Rubber also will not freeze or crack under extremely cold weather. Rubber is also one of the “greenest” choices that a homeowner can make, often made from recycled materials to begin with and 100% recyclable at the end of its life.