Rubber flat roofs, also known as EPDM (ethylene propylene diene terpolymer) roofs, are a popular option for commercial and residential buildings. They are durable but they can be more expensive than other roofing options, they are not perfect.
Here are some of the pros and cons of rubber flat roofs:
Advantages of rubber flat roofs
Increased durability: Rubber flat roofs are highly durable and can last up to 50 years with proper maintenance. As such, it is important to schedule regular checks whether monthly or annually to make sure your roof is not damaged and the structure is intact.
Low maintenance: These roofs require very little maintenance, making them a cost-effective option.
Waterproof: Rubber flat roofs are highly waterproof and can withstand heavy rainfall and extreme weather conditions. As such, they are perfect for areas close to the sea.
Energy-efficient: These roofs are highly reflective, which helps to reduce cooling costs and improve energy efficiency.
Easy to install: Rubber flat roofs can be installed quickly and easily, reducing labor costs and time.
Disadvantages of rubber flat roofs
Increased costs: Rubber flat roofs can be more expensive than other types of flat roofs, such as built-up roofs.
Fragility: These roofs can be vulnerable to punctures and tears, which can be difficult to repair. This is why it is not advised to step or walk onto rubber flat roofs, and it is especially not advised to place any furniture on them.
Limited color options: Rubber flat roofs are typically only available in black or white, which may not suit everyone’s aesthetic preferences. However, the color of the roof is only visible from above and can be hidden when seen from the street.
Environmental concerns: Some environmental groups have raised concerns about the potential impact of EPDM production and disposal on the environment.
Overall, rubber flat roofs offer many benefits, including durability, low maintenance, and energy efficiency. However, they also have some drawbacks, such as high cost and limited color options, which should be considered before making a decision.
Contact us at RH Renovation NYC to discuss implementing a rubber flat roof to your home or commercial property. Our team can come on-site and discuss all your concerns with you, check out the property, and offer the best solution for it. In addition, we can provide you with a cost estimate for free and allow you to plan accordingly for your new home or commercial renovation project.