All the advice concerning EPDM roofs

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Does your building have a flat roof? There is a good chance that it is covered with an EPDM membrane. But what does EPDM mean? What is it made of? What are its characteristics? How do you maintain it? Our flat roof specialists will answer all your questions and give you 3 valuable tips about this type of roof!


What is an EPDM membrane?


EPDM (Ethylene, propylene, diene, monomer) is an ecological roof covering perfectly adapted to flat roofs or roofs with a very slight slope. It is a thermosetting single-layer membrane that is installed by flat roofing specialists and has a long life span (up to 35 years). It is also fully recyclable at the end of its useful life and offers exceptional resistance to wide temperature variations, UV rays, fire and steam, among others. In addition, EPDM roofing is offered at a lower price than many other materials.

Although it requires minimal maintenance, it is still important to take care of your EPDM roof covering to prevent breakage and possible work that could prove to be very important if you neglect your roof. Here are a few tips to help you keep your roof healthy for years to come!


1. Inspect your roof regularly.


You should inspect your roof at least twice a year, in the spring and fall. This way, you will immediately see if tears are present or if membrane joints need to be redone. If this is the case, contact a roofing company as soon as possible; why? To prevent a leak or water infiltration from damaging the roof and the structure of your building… which would cause the bill to rise at a dizzying rate! Because although the waterproofing of EPDM synthetic rubber flat roofs has been well proven, they can still be damaged over time, especially if regular inspections are not carried out.


What to inspect?


First, you will need to check the drain for debris (branches, leaves, etc.); if water is collecting around the drain, it may be blocked.

Next, be on the lookout for parts of the membrane that may be loose; this will require a quick intervention with an EPDM adhesive to prevent water infiltration. Although an EPDM roof is very resistant to tears, they can still occur; a flat roofer will be able to make the necessary repairs.

Inspection of the membrane joints and flashing joints should also be done to prevent any risk of infiltration. If you notice that some joints are damaged, call a roofing company that will fix the problem quickly.

Are you in doubt about the insulation or ventilation of your roof? A quick inspection during the winter period could give you a good indication. If ice or ice cubes form on the edge of the roof (commonly known as an ice barrier), it is probably a sign that the insulation is deficient; you should remedy the problem as soon as possible because this ice could, in the short or medium term, lead to water infiltration.


2. Clean your roof.


Once your inspection is complete—or before if necessary—clear your roof of all debris, whether it is leaves, branches, insects or any other debris. This will reduce the chance of the drain clogging.

And during the winter season, don’t forget to remove—or have someone removed—the snow on your roof. Although your roof can withstand a certain amount of snow, heavy snowfalls can weaken the structure and cause it to cave in.


3. Contact flat roof specialists.


If you have noticed a broken membrane or joints that are no longer watertight, you may be tempted to do the roofing work yourself, but be careful! If your EPDM roof – or any other covering – is still under warranty, you risk cancelling your protection in case of damage such as water infiltration for example.

This is why it is strongly recommended to entrust this work to a company specialized in flat roofs; this way, you will be sure that your roof will be repaired properly and that it will still be under warranty! Roofing experts, such as those at Clinique de la toiture FCA in Montreal, will be able to carry out the work you entrust to them, whatever it may be; contact us today for a quote! We also serve Montreal East, Montreal North and Laval.


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