The Benefits Of EPDM Roofing (& How To Know If It's Right For Your Home)

What do you typically think about when choosing a new roof? Probably the way it matches the color of the building and the front door and how much it costs to put in. Something else that goes into picking the right roof for your house is getting the right material. It will determine the roof's longevity and also the color, even after some time. Some types of roofing materials to consider are metal, asphalt, solar, and rubber membrane, of which EPDM is one type. EPDM (ethylene propylene diene monomer) is a roofing material that is best known for its durability and suitability with flat roofs, so if that's what you need for your roof, it's worth considering.

EPDM roofing is a synthetic rubber material made from ethylene, propylene, and other materials. It has been around since the 1960s and has maintained its relevance for its affordability, super strength, and resistance while still being physically light. While it is commonly used for cars and in construction, it can also be used for homes and only comes in black or white.

Durability, heat absorption, and roof shape

One way to know if EPDM roofing is right for your home is if you're in an environment where you face severe weather and need a strong, sturdy roof for your home. This material can deliver on that because it's known for withstanding the elements—from storms to fires—very well. This durability also means EPDM roofs can be trusted to last for decades and won't demand a lot of maintenance during that time. Something to note is that rubber absorbs a lot of heat, so it will be tricky to use this material for roofing over spaces like the living room or bedroom, where it can affect your comfort. 

Having a flat roof or one without a lot of slopes is another situation where having EPDM can be right for your home. This is because it can be laid as one piece, as opposed to the multiple pieces and layers needed for various roof shapes. Conversely, this roof material won't work very well with a roof that's not completely flat.

Cost, installation, and customization

There is also the cost factor. Are you on a tight budget for your roof? EPDM can be just what you need. It costs around $4.25 to $12 per square foot for the material and around $5.50 per square foot for the installation, which makes it more affordable than other rubber materials like TPO and PVC. When it comes to installation, it is quicker and easier than other types, but professional expertise is still necessary. This isn't a DIY job. It might also be necessary to install a gutter or a rain diverter with EPDM since it's common for water to pool and settle on a flat or low-slope roof. 

Another thing to note is that you won't get a lot of customization options in terms of color and design with this material since it just comes in black. Some people are fine with this, especially if it's a flat roof because it won't be visible anyway, but if you want the roof to be a standout feature, this might not be for you.