EPDM Roofing Installation: To Repair or Replace?

Learn More About Repairing and Restoring EPDM Roofing

EPDM (ethylene propylene diene terpolymer) gained popularity as a commercial roofing material thanks to its durability, affordability, and the ease of EPDM roofing installation. However, like all roofing materials, EPDM roofing will deteriorate with age, developing cracks and weak points due to factors such as severe weather and UV damage. If your EPDM roofing system is showing signs of damage or age, you’re probably wondering, “Should I repair or replace my roof?”

Moser Roofing Solutions specializes in helping business owners and property managers get the most out of their commercial roofing systems. A major part of this is knowing the best time to repair or replace any roof. Let’s take a closer look at EPDM roofing systems, what you can do to help them last longer, and when a new EPDM roofing installation may be the best choice for your business.

EPDM Roofing Is Readily Repaired

While commercial roofing is designed to be durable, the fact remains that every roof will become damaged over time. This means a key factor to consider when evaluating roofing materials is how easy or difficult they are to repair.

This is where EPDM stands out from other commercial roofing products. Some materials, such as metal roofing, may require specialized equipment and knowledge to patch. On the other hand, a material like built-up roofing can be very difficult to repair effectively. In contrast, EPDM roofing that shows minor damage is simple, straightforward, and very affordable to patch.

Additionally, where some roofing materials are only in perfect condition immediately after installation, EPDM roofing can be effectively restored to near-perfect condition through much of its service life. All of these factors mean that prompt roof repairs are a highly effective way to get more from an EPDM roofing system after installation.

Total Cost of Ownership and Roof Replacements

Of course, even EPDM roofing can’t be repaired and patched forever. Repairs will become less effective over time, as roofing issues become more common and extend to parts of the roof’s structure beyond just the surface material. So, when does a roof replacement become necessary?

This is where Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) comes into play. The TCO of an EPDM roofing system includes the upfront installation cost, the ongoing costs of maintenance and repairs, and the lifespan of the roof. The annual TCO of a roof begins to increase as it nears the end of its lifespan, until a roof replacement eventually becomes a cost-effective solution. While this can be tricky to keep track of, the best commercial roofing companies will always help you do the math to determine the most cost-effective solutions for your roof.

Another Option: Roof Restorations & Coatings

One of the most frequently asked commercial roofing questions is “Should I repair or replace my roof?” However, there is sometimes another option: commercial roof restoration.

A roof restoration is a longer-term solution than a roof repair, but carries a much lower cost than a full roof replacement. When it comes to EPDM, this is typically a good option for roofs that are nearing the end of their service life and exhibiting problems (such as leaks), but that are otherwise structurally sound. In these cases, it’s often possible to install a durable roof coating over the existing roof structure that can delay the need for a replacement by several years.

Your Roofing Expert for EPDM Installation, Repair, and Restoration

Moser Roofing Solutions is the go-to commercial roofing expert for business owners and property managers throughout Pennsylvania and the Mid-Atlantic region. Our expertise covers a wide range of commercial roofing materials, including a deep knowledge of how to maximize the performance of EPDM roofing for flat and low-slope commercial roofs. 

We offer professional roof repairs and cost-effective restoration services, and our Roof Guardian maintenance program can add years to the service life of any commercial roofing system. Contact us today to schedule an inspection for your commercial roof!

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