Rubber EPDM Roofing 101: A Guide For Inexperienced Homeowners
If you have a roof on your home that has an unusually low slope, or an odd and unusual shape, there is a good chance that you have rubber EPDM roofing. This form of roofing is commonly applied to mobile homes, domed roofs that cannot be shingled, or roofs that are completely flat. These single-ply roofs are made of sheets or panels of synthetic rubber and do a good job of protecting your home from moisture, but there is a good chance you know little else about this roofing type. Here are a few of the most common questions about rubber EPDM roofing and the answers you do need to know as a homeowner.
Why are there no grooves or shingles with rubber EPDM roofing?
There is a simple explanation for why you do not see separate sections or shingles when you look at your roof. Most rubber roofs are actually installed in one big piece. In fact, your rubber roof may have even been cut to size before it was delivered and installed on your home. With the exception of domed roofs, most flat roofs that are going to have a rubber roof are easy enough to just install the roofing in one swift piece.
Is it true that the rubber has to be heated to be applied?
Actually, this is just a common misconception. Rubber EPDM roofing is applied with a sticky adhesive that is rolled on the underside as it is applied to your roof. You will see a rubber roofing installer using what looks like a paint roller to apply a heavy adhesive as they install the roof on your home. Some contractors use heating methods during rubber roofing removal, which may involve a blow torch or heat gun, but this is not always the case.
How much does it cost to have a rubber EPDM roof replaced?
In general, rubber roofing membranes cost about .50 to $1.50 per square foot, which means the costs of materials and tools needed for a 30 by 30 flat roof section will be something around $650 to $1800. For installation, rubber roofing contractors usually charge $2.50 to $4.50 per square foot to install the roof on your home, which will be an additional $2250 to $4000. If your home has a roof that is excessively small or oddly shaped, the costs could be higher because of the amount of attention and time it takes to add flashing and adequately seal the roof.
For more information, consider contacting a professional like those at Central States Roofing.