There is no doubt that EPDM rubber roofing is one of the most popular systems in the roofing industry today. Its popularity has increased because of the many benefits property owners are realizing this roofing system has. Some of the benefits of installing and using it include the fact that it is cost effective, highly resistant to fire and water, easy to install and environmentally friendly. However, what is rarely mentioned with EPDM rubber roofing is its drawbacks or demerits. It has its fair share of drawbacks and downsides worth knowing.
Requires Professional Installation
One of the biggest downsides has to do with its installation. Anybody can install the EPDM rubber roofing. The easy installation mentioned above is something that a DIYer can do without any hitch. An inexperienced professional who has just joined the industry is capable of installing it too. Nonetheless, the installation is better left to experienced professionals for the best results. Installing it can be easy – as initially stated – but the process is often replete with numerous challenges that nothing other than an experienced professional can handle well.
Some of the complexities include:
- Application of the correct thickness of the adhesive
- Giving the adhesive enough time to dry until it has the right consistency
- Applying the roofing membrane until no gaps exist between it and the roof
Not Completely Resistant to all Forces
Initially, you read that EPDM rubber roofing is resistant to different forces. What you need to know, however, is the fact that it is not totally resistant to everything. It is prone to some outside influences or forces too. This inability to resist and withstand the impact of all outside influences often makes the roofing membrane’s lifespan reduce significantly. EPDM rubber roofing is most susceptible to objects that hit it directly. Objects that rub against the membrane often damage it. The most effective solution for this is to remove all objects near this roofing membrane.
Some horrendous weather conditions to which EPDM rubber roofing is susceptible to include:
- Scorching sunlight
- Heavy downpour
- Strong winds
Not the Prettiest
In terms of appearance, EPDM rubber roofing is rightly considered one of the most unattractive. For this reason, it is not an ideal choice for customers who wish to make their properties more aesthetically appealing. Its rubber qualities – and appearance – are not as beautiful as wood, metal or stone. When unrolled on any roof, this roofing system gives the appearance of an inner tube that is stretched out to the maximum. Despite this drawback, EPDM roofing is one of the most popular for outside structures within the property such as sheds and garages.
Increases Energy Bills
Since it mostly comes in a black roll, EPDM rubber roofing is the wrong choice to install on buildings located in places with very high temperatures. The blackness enables the roofing to absorb heat easily. Once it does this, you will find it hard living or staying in the house during the daytime. Often, homeowners have to use their air conditioning systems to make the home as cool as possible, which increases energy bills substantially. To avoid the extreme superheating, consider buying the light-colored membranes, which cost more.
Lastly, EPDM rubber roofing is capable of puncturing easily. The good news with this drawback is that EPDM is one of the easiest roofing systems to repair. Its repairs and replacements are cheaper compared to other roofing types. The parts of the roof that are around the vent pipes or other protrusions need thorough inspecting. This is because they are most prone to leaks. To reduce the likelihood of the roof developing leaks, hire a professional roofer who specializes in EPDM rubber roofing to install it properly.