All About Commercial Rubber Roofing

There are two types of roofing that can be used for commercial or residential buildings; the flat roof design and the pitched roof, which bears a sloping design. The flat roof, which is more commonly used on commercial buildings is always efficient, as it easily provides all requirements needed for commercial as well as residential houses. The flat roof, however, faces a few certain challenges, that when left unaddressed can result in serious damage that may require a lot of effort and cash to fix.

This challenge results from the fact that flat roofs cannot get rid of water easily as compared to the pitched roof. The best solution to this challenge is using a rubber roof, to guarantee a waterproof, durable, and easy-to-install roofing system. This ensures that occupants of the building will be guaranteed protection from harsh weather conditions. 

More about EPDM rubber compound

Rubber roofing comes in rolls of varying thickness, which bear a technical designation of Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer, also known as EPDM. The roofing contractor you hire will advise you to use a roll of a certain thickness depending on the weather in your area, the area that the roof is expected to cover, and how long you expect the roof to last before replacement. The result of all this will be a roof that can withstand harsh weather conditions and features waterproofing and weatherproofing characteristics.

Installation of a rubber roof

Installing a rubber roof can be relatively easy or complex to install, which is why it’s always left to professionals to do all the work to ensure you get satisfactory results. It may seem easy to install a rubber roof, but you need to ensure that the skills you have are sufficient enough because it is trickier than it seems. When installing the roof, a professional will pick the rubber roof, roll it out over the main roof, then cut it according to the shape of the rooftop.

The rubber roof will then be held in place using specialty screws, after which, taping and sealing are done on these fasteners and the seams to ensure that they become fully waterproof. At times, a kind of gravel made from smooth river rock may be used to cover the material, depending on the requirements of the roof. In general, the installation process is not usually as complex as that of traditional roofing systems which implies that the roofing costs are considerably lower than those of a traditional system.

Using a rubber roof for your building can be a better alternative to asphalt or tar and gravel roofing systems which are commonly considered to be the traditional roofing systems. Rubber roofing is more reliable when it comes to durability and weather resistance. It’s always advisable to ask whether a rubber roofing will work best for your project, whether installing a new roof or replacing an older one.

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