Commercial construction and architectural design are, as fields, filled with jargon. While your architect or commercial contractor will do their part to walk you through it all, it helps to know a little yourself so that you can have educated conversations about what will make your build the best it can be.
Below, we’ll dive into one such term that might elude the layperson: EPDM roofing. Is this the right choice for your business out of all the choices we covered on our commercial contractor blog?
Let’s find out!
What Is EPDM Roofing?
EPDM stands for Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer—but that’s a whole lot of words and not a lot of info! In short, EPDM roofing is made of rubber, with components made of oil and natural gas, according to the EPDM Roofing Association. It comes in long rolls of material, each with a specific purpose, which are applied in layers to create the final product.
The Advantages of EPDM Roofing
From an architectural design standpoint, EPDM roofing isn’t much to brag about. It’s solid-colored, flat, and anything but flashy. That being said, don’t underestimate this no-fuss, no-frills roofing style; your construction management company is right in saying that it’s one of the most practical, energy-efficient materials out there.
An Environmentally Smart Roofing Decision
When done right, EPDM roofing can fit in with Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) requirements—and if that doesn’t say enough about it, we don’t know what does.
This material is also recyclable, so when the time comes for a new roof, you don’t need to feel bad about getting rid of your one. Since this roof tends to last decades, though, you won’t need to worry about that for quite some time.
A Strong and Simple Roofing Type
EPDM roofing has a comparative lack of seams when held up against other roofing types of its caliber. This, in turn, leads to fewer weak points, which further leak-proofs your commercial building.
The UV-resistant properties of lighter-colored EPDM roofing further this benefit. As a bonus, this roofing type is inherently strong against physical damage, and its longevity is exceptional, lasting decades with the proper care and attention.
Miller Architects & Builders: Contact Us Today for Exceptional Commercial Construction Services
Our team of commercial contractors is well-versed in current commercial roofing trends; whatever the solution is for your build, we’ve got the expertise to find it. Reach our Saint Cloud office today at 320-251-4109.