Black EPDM has been used extensively (billions of sq feet in service) in roofing applications since the 1960’s and has survived the world’s toughest climates for over 30 years. “Unlike with roll roofing, we’ve never been called back for a rubber-roof job that leaked, even on oceanfront projects that experience gale-force winds on a regular basis,” declare contractors Rick Arnold and Mike Guertin, authors of “Installing a Rubber Roof” (Fine Homebuilding, January, 1998).
Black EPDM (Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer) roofing membrane is a flexible rubber material available in 45 mil (about the thickness of a dime), 60 mil (about the thickness of a quarter) and 90 mil (about the thickness of two dimes). With its superior flexibility and high strength, EPDM can easily contour to unusual roof shapes.
A study by ERM in 2004 evaluated 33 EPDM roofs in 9 states that had been in place for 16-26 years. “In all cases, the membranes were found to be watertight and functional with no obvious effect from long-term exposure to water, ultraviolet radiation, ozone, heat and thermal cycling.” [Professional Roofing Magazine, March, 2005]
Black EPDM carries a 20 year warranty on membrane only against weatherability and factory defects. In no event shall flatroofsolutions.com be responsible for any labor cost of removing or replacing of the membrane.