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Martin Roofing Services, Inc has more than 30 years of experience installing and repairing Single Ply Rubber Roofing as well as numerous additional roofing products. We've provided a simple guide as to what some of those most common single-ply solutions offer. Most people trust their roofing contractor to provide them with guidance such that you'll make the best decision for your home or office roofing need.

Call us at 1-800-421-4170 for a FREE ROOFING ESTIMATE or email us. You can also use our convenient online request form to inquire about our metal roofing services or to request a contact.


Synthetic Rubber: EPDM

Virtually all synthetic rubber roof membranes are EPDM. Synthetic rubber is a thermoset, which means once it has cured, it cannot be melted and reshaped. Consequently, the rubber membrane is seamed by an adhesive generally either a field-applied contact cement or an adhesive tape that is applied in the field or factory and activated by removing a release paper. Tapes have become the de facto standard as they are generally easier to apply, reducing the chances they will be installed incorrectly.

EPDM membrane rolls can come as wide as 10 feet. Wider rolls require fewer seams. Fewer seams means less chance of seam failure. Because of the roll sizes, EPDM is often used on buildings with very large roofs. EPDM can stretch and relax, so it can easily accommodate thermal expansion and contraction on large expanses of roof.

Like PVC, EPDM roof membranes have been in production for more than 30 years. The systems have gone through several enhancements over time reinforcing has been added, new seaming and flashing methods and materials have been developed, and white membranes and clean sheets that minimize on-site dust contamination have been introduced but the basic product is still the same and performs well.

The majority of thermoplastics come in white with other pastel colors available. These white membranes give an initial high reflectance value that can help keep the temperature of the roof and consequently the inside of the building cooler. As the roof becomes older and collects dirt, however, this initial value will decrease unless the roof is periodically washed. Synthetic rubber is available with a white surface, but the more durable membrane is a dark grey color. There are white acrylic coatings for EPDM membranes that can give the same reflectance as the thermoplastics and are advertised as increasing the longevity of the roof by as much as 5 to 10 years.




Call us at 1-800-421-4170 for a FREE EPDM RUBBER ROOFING ESTIMATE or email us. You can also use our convenient online request form to inquire about our metal roofing services or to request a contact.