All About EPDM Roofing Systems

Commonly known as rubber membrane roofing, rubber roofing or rolled rubber roofing, the EPDM roofing is made from recycled tires, slate dust and sawdust.

The EPDM (ethylene propylene diene terpolymer) synthetic rubber roofing membrane is extremely durable and has been an appealing choice for low-slope buildings since 40 years. Ethylene and propylene are two of its primary ingredients that come from oil and natural gas. This material comes in a wide variety of widths and is present in both black and white color.

There are various ways you can install an EPDM. However, its best to have your local professional roofing company handle the task.  it can be either fully adhered, attached mechanically or even ballasted, with adhesives or a special tape used to seal the seams of the EPDM roofing system.




The biggest test for any material used in construction is observing its performance under field conditions. EPDM has been proven to have the longest average service life in the roofing industry, according to 40 years of practical experience. Continuing to be the most favored choice of roof consultants, architects and contractors, the features of EPDM that back the exceptional performance of its roofing systems include:

  • It is proven to be resistant to hail
  • highly resistant and can withstand abrasion and weathering
  • an exceptional resistance to fire and extreme heat
  • Cyclical membrane fatigue resistance
  • Resilient to thermal shock
  • It is not easily damaged by UV rays
  • Low-temperature flexibility
  • Superior resistance to damage caused by the wind
  • It is durable and does not scratch easily


Advantages of EPDM Roofing Systems:


Architects have become contingent on EPDM’s tested long-term performance and longevity as the roofing systems offer several advantages:


  • Cost-effectiveness: It is one of the most low-cost materials for roofing
  • Easy installation: The ease of installation of EPDM Roofing systems, further reduce the labor costs
  • Longevity: An EPDM roofing system of good quality has longevity of up to 20 years
  • Various installation options: The material can be installed on the roof in various ways, it can be either sealed with an adhesive, anchored using fasteners as well as ballasted with a stone
  • Easily Repaired: In case leaks developing overtime, latex tape, adhesives, liquid roofing membranes and various other rubber shingles can be used over the EPDM to repair it

Disadvantages to Using EPDM:


While there are a lot of advantages of an EPDM roofing system, there are also some drawbacks that one should consider:

  • Appearance: Since EPDM is made from rubber, its appearance can be a huge disadvantage as it curbs Therefore, this material is more suitable for the roofing of a shed or a garage.
  • Black EPDM: The most cost-effective EPDM comes in a black roll, which might absorb a lot of heat resulting in superheating of the structure underneath. While it is available in lighter colors, the cost of these is about 30% more per square foot.
  • Punctures: While it is easily repaired, this material can also puncture easily.