Will an EPDM Roof Repair Add Years to Your Roofing System?

EPDM (or ethylene propylene diene monomer) is a popular material often used in flat and low slope commercial roofing applications. A single-ply membrane, this synthetic rubber material is lightweight, resistant to puncture damage, and relatively inexpensive. However, an often underappreciated benefit of this material is that an EPDM roof repair is typically simple, straightforward, and highly effective at lengthening the lifespan of these roofing systems.

As experts in all types of commercial flat and low slope roofing systems, Moser Roofing Solutions has delivered on countless EPDM roof repair jobs for business owners throughout Pennsylvania and the Mid-Atlantic. We’ve seen firsthand how effective repairs can be in extending the life of an EPDM roof. But before scheduling an EPDM roof repair, there are a few important considerations to take into account. 

EPDM Roofing: A Repair-Friendly Material

While just about any type of roof can be repaired by a skilled contractor, some materials are more readily repairable than others. For instance, leaks in built-up roofing can be difficult to diagnose and repair effectively, while repairing a metal roof is typically an involved process that requires more specialized knowledge.

EPDM roofing, on the other hand, is highly amenable to roof repairs. While EPDM is not compatible with asphalt-based products, minor gaps or holes can be readily addressed through simple patches, and EPDM’s synthetic rubber composition is conducive to most common roofing adhesives.

Is My EPDM Roof a Good Candidate for Repair?

If your EPDM roof has started to leak or otherwise perform poorly, you may be wondering if these issues can be addressed through roof repairs. As is typically the case in commercial roofing, the answer to this is: “It depends!”

An EPDM roof repair is an effective way to address minor or isolated damage that can be easily patched over. When done properly, simple commercial roof repairs like this can add years onto the expected lifespan of your roof by addressing roofing issues early and preventing them from worsening.

On the other hand, older roofs are typically more difficult and costly to repair than one that has been recently installed. The closer your roof is to the end of its expected lifespan, the less likely it is that a roof repair will be an effective solution. This also applies for roofs with more widespread issues—as the area of repair grows, so does the cost of completing the repairs. In these cases, a repair may not be the best solution.

Another Option: EPDM Roof Restoration

More widespread damage, especially to older EPDM roofs, is likely to require more than a simple repair. Fortunately, though, failing EPDM roofing systems may not need to be replaced in order to achieve full functionality.

For many older EPDM roofs, a commercial roof restoration is often a viable solution. Restoring an EPDM roof typically involves applying a durable roofing membrane directly over the top of the existing EPDM roof’s surface. Because EPDM is a relatively lightweight material that is also conducive to adhesives, this type of restoration can be an effective solution to address the types of issues that a roof repair could not.

Call on Moser Roofing Solutions for Your Repair Needs!

At Moser Roofing Solutions, we take pride in offering the best commercial roof repair services in the Pennsylvania and Mid-Atlantic region. Our roofing craftsmen are experts at restoring leaky flat and low slope commercial roofs to full functionality. We work with all types of commercial roofing materials and specialize in repair and restoration solutions that will maximize the life of your roof while minimizing the cost to your bottom line.

If your commercial property has a troublesome, leaky EPDM roof, the experts at Moser are standing by to help. Contact us today to schedule your free inspection!

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