Roofs of the past
We’ve all seen a typical asphalt felt roof looking sorry for itself, holding pools of water. Overtime (in just a few short years in some cases) asphalt felt can become brittle and crack. This leads to water ingress which can lead to damage to the structure of the building and its contents. This water can also freeze and thaw leading to more cracking.
How does my roof fail?
Over the course of a day and indeed a year, a building will expand and contract as the temperature fluctuates. This puts stress on the building’s structure and any materials in it or on it will fatigue. This causes much of the cracking seen in traditional felt roofs. Rubber is ideally suited to cope with the thermal demands of roofing materials. Especially since the roof is often in direct sunlight.
The benefits of an EPDM rubber roof
EPDM rubber roofs offer a modern alternative to many of these problems. The flexibility of rubber across such a wide temperature range allows it to stretch and shrink with the building. Avoiding the fatigue which leads to cracking and giving your roof a much longer life. The UV protection offered by EPDM is also greater than that of traditional materials.
Is a rubber roof expensive?
Whilst initial material costs can be higher than traditional felt roofs, rubber roof installation, and maintenance over the course of your roof’s life will be considerably lower. The durability of your rubber roof will mean you’re less likely to be making an emergency call to a roof repairer.