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Ultraviolet rays will harm an EPDM Roof

Harmful Ultraviolet rays have damaged an EPDM Rubber Roof – watch video

EPDM rubber roofing is aesthetically pleasing with its smooth and clean surface. However, we have repaired many EPDM rubber roofs that have signs of degradation from harmful UV rays. We often see these signs in the form of shrinkage and brittleness in particular areas of a roof. Unfortunately, to make repairs to EPDM rubber, the same rubber material must be used. Therefore, the problem will resurface time and again.

 Pros and Cons of EPDM Rubber Roofing

EPDM Pros

  • There are fewer seams than other roofing systems.
  • Roofing contractors can install EPDM quickly and at a cost that seems appealing.
  • EPDM is a single-ply rubber and can last up to 15 years.
  • The rubber is flexible and installs easily around skylights and drains.

EPDM Cons

  • Seams separate due to the deterioration of adhesives.
  • The rubber fails prematurely; long before the expiration of the warranty.
  • Shortly after installation, caulking and lap sealants, which are used to prevent leaks, need to be reapplied.
  • EPDM degrades and shrinks causing leaks and creating a constant need for repairs.
  • Harmful UV rays are absorbed by the all-black rubber membrane and can raise a/c costs.

If you find that your EPDM Rubber roof are failing at the seams, then the answer is Super Silicone Seal. This product is incredible and bonds to EPDM very well. This could very well be the least expensive product and repair for any EPDM Rubber roof.

This video shows how you can extend the life of your EPDM roof by fixing the seams only
Pros and Cons of EPDM Rubber Roofs - This image reveals the degradation of ultraviolet rays and shrinkage of an EPDM single-ply roofing system.
EPDM Rubber deteriorated du to ultraviolet exposure.

EPDM Rubber has been overrated by all the roofing contractors. EPDM Rubber is the same as that of car tires and inner tubes. When a car sits in the sun in one place for a long time, the first thing that goes is the tires and the paint on the car.

Pros and Cons of EPDM Rubber Roofs -This EPDM single-ply installation shows damage from harmful UV rays.
EPDM Rubber dries out and shrink. it gets brittle and cracks but most of all the adhesives that glue down the seams fail due to the heat.
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