Rubber roofing is the new kid on the block. EPDM roofs have only been around since the 1960s. That's why you may not have come across many of these roofs in your travels. While rubber roofs are growing in popularity, they still have a way to go to match asphalt shingles as the roofing material of choice. About 70 percent of American dwellings have asphalt shingle roofs, but this percentage is changing as the world turns toward more environmentally responsible roofing materials.

Better for the Environment

EPDM roofs are made from rubber reclaimed from recycled tires that is mixed with both saw and slate dusts. This mixture is formed into sheets of varying thicknesses. EPDM takes less energy to produce because it's made from recycled materials. In addition, because EPDM roofing is made from recycled rubber it's 100 percent recyclable.

EPDM roofing also has the ability to reduce your energy usage. EPDM roofing naturally reflects the sun's heat which can reduce air conditioning use in summer. This roofing also has the ability to insulate your roof which can cut down on utility bills in the winter.

Easy to Install

The installation process for EPDM roofs is fairly easy. It's important to note, the best applications of the EPDM membranes use the fewest sheets of membrane possible to minimize the potential for leaks. If you have to use multiple sheets, you may have to get special joining tape made for EPDM roofs.

In order to install the EPDM membrane, your roof's surface must be completely dry and free of debris. Next, lay out the EPDM membrane and let it rest. After about 30 minutes, apply a thin coat of water based deck adhesive to the roof, while leaving a small gap around the edges. Next, sweep the EPDM membrane to smooth out the membrane and remove any trapped air. After sweeping the membrane, pull it back to expose the edges you didn't apply adhesive to. Apply contact adhesive to the newly exposed edges, and sweep again to remove any air bubbles. Next, fold the membrane neatly around the corner and apply the trim. After you apply the trim, cut away the excess membrane and you're done.

If you have any questions about the EPDM roof installation process, or if you feel uncomfortable installing one, you should have a professional roofer like Whitaker Construction Group Inc. do it for you. They will be able to apply the EPDM membrane while taking into account any special circumstances your roof may have. This will ensure you have a roof that is both great for the environment and your home.