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Here’s Why Rubber Is A Good Option For Your Flat Roof

Jul 16, 2019

Every commercial property and its structure are different and unique. When it comes to a property’s roof, there are many different types of material that can be used during installation. That’s why commercial roofers offer such a wide range of roofing options.

Depending on how your property is used and its geographical location, you may benefit from a traditional hot asphalt flat roof, or prefer another option like rubber or synthetic rubber roofing. Knowing which roofing material is best for your property is key.

So, how can you tell?

You can start by evaluating your property’s specific operational demands and associated costs. If you’re a commercial property owner in Toronto and looking for durable, long-lasting material for your flat roof, consider rubber roofing, otherwise referred to as Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer (EPDM).

What Is EPDM Rubber Roofing?

Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer (EPDM) is a synthetic rubber created from a combination unsaturated hydrocarbon alkene. The result is the flexible yet highly durable roofing membrane. EPDM is widely used in the Greater Toronto Area and owes its growing popularity to its longer-than-normal lifespan: 25 to 30 years.

At Crown Industrial Roofing, we’ll apply EPDM membranes in three thicknesses: 45 Mil (thousandths of inch), 60 Mil and 90 Mil, depending on your property’s size and its operational requirements.

Thinking of installing an EPDM membrane on your commercial or industrial flat roof? Read on and discover why EPDM is a good option for your flat roof in Toronto, Ontario.

  1. Reduced Risk During Winter Cleanup 

It’s no surprise how harsh Toronto winters can actually be. For commercial property owners, that means a lot of shoveling and clearing off ice and excess snow melt from your flat roof. While flat roof drainage systems can usually keep up with snow melt, sustained periods of below-freezing weather may lead to snow and ice buildup and roof contraction. If left unaddressed, a heavy enough buildup may threaten the building’s structural integrity. Luckily, EPDM rubber roofs allow for efficient removal of snow and ice without causing serious damage if treated properly.

  1. Easy & Cost Effective Maintenance 

A major benefit to installing EPDM roofing is its longevity and cost effectiveness. EPDM synthetic rubber is known to retain its elasticity and flexibility, even in industrial settings with a higher degree of rooftop foot traffic. Rubber roofs also offer excellent resistance to not only snow and ice, but also, to the weathering effects of ozone and ultraviolet light. In other words, it’s very rare for an entire EPDM roofing system to need replacing all at once. Instead, minor (and less costly) repairs can be performed quickly and without major disruption.

  1. Quick Installation Process 

While most flat roofing systems are quick and relatively easy to install, this is especially true for EPDM rubber roofs. Most rubber roofs are installed with a single-ply membrane, making the installation process quick and easy for certified EPDM roofing contractors. Not only are EPDM rubber roofs quick and easy to install, repair jobs are just as easy. Industry-leading rubber roofing systems are truly an excellent investment for your commercial or industrial property. The low material costs and quick installation allows for lower overhead, all without sacrificing structural performance.

EPDM Rubber Roofing In Toronto 

If you’re interested in learning more about how an EDPM rubber roof can benefit your commercial property, or if you’re looking to install or repair a flat rubber roofing system, our team of certified commercial roofing contractors will help you every step of the way. Our EPDM rubber roofing experts in Toronto, Ontario has the experience and necessary resources to successfully complete your commercial or industrial roofing project. Book a free commercial roofing inspection with us today.