On Rubber Roofing
On Rubber Roofing
Ethylene propylene diene Momoner M-class (EPDM) rubber is a type of synthetic rubber, an elastomer characterized by its versatility. EPDM rubbers are some of the most widely used and fastest growing synthetic rubbers having both specialty and general-purpose applications. In 2000 alone, sales have amounted to 870 metric tons since its introduction in the early 1960s. The “M” class in particular includes rubbers that have a saturated chain of polymethylene polymers.
EPDM rubbers are ideal for outdoor applications because of their excellent resistance to ozone, oxidants, and severe weather conditions. They are also highly-regarded for their high heat resistance and color stability due to their stable, saturated polymer backbone structure. As non-polar elastomers, they have good dielectric properties, as well as resistance to polar solvents such as water, acids, alkalies, phosphate esters, and many ketones and alcohols. Amorphous or low crystalline grades have excellent low temperature flexibility with glass transition point of about minus 60 degrees Centigrade.
Rubber roofing (EPDM single ply membranes) is the most common flat roofing system in the New England states and the rest of the flat roofing market. In fact, most people refer to a flat roof as a “rubber roof.” The main reason for rubber roofing’s popularity to many homeowners is its low price and installation cost. However, rubber roofs also have many inherent problems because of roof design as well as issues with unprofessional roofing contractors.
To get quality Calgary rubber roofing installed, acquire the services of a commercial roofing company that specializes in its installation. However, it is often the policy of such companies not to install rubber roofing on residential establishments, for which there are many reasons. These contractors usually work with large commercial and industrial clients.
Different roofing systems are available to suit the needs of your flat roof. There are alternatives to rubber that are available for commercial applications, but the ease of Calgary rubber roofing maintenance is a great benefit for most homeowners. Take note that when repair must be done on your rubber roof, the old membrane should be removed in accordance to state and federal regulations.
Cost-effective rubber roofing provides you with an excellent way to seal your roof off from the elements and other outdoor conditions. A flat roof, however, requires a proper drainage system, and Calgary soffit and fascia contractors who install your roof will also place properly sloped materials to compliment your roof.
If you have questions, please visit us at www.Calgary-Roofing.com for complete details and answers.