EPDM is a form of rubber roofing. Although there are alternatives, such as PVC and Neoprene, EPDM (Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer) is the most common. The biggest draw to EPDM is its water resistance – it is resistant to saltwater and freshwater, and it is also used as seals, pond liners, tubing and more. EPDM is perfect for low sloping roofs, and one major advantage is that it can often be installed as one whole sheet, allowing you to cover the whole roof and removing the concern for waterproofing seams.
Additionally, EPDM is environmentally friendly, as it consists of recycled rubber materials, and takes very little energy to manufacture. They also maintain the heat in cold weather, keeping down heating costs, and the thick rubber can keep out the heat in the Summer. The estimated lifetime of an EPDM roof is 30-50 years, and repairs can be done simply by homeowners. However, it is recommended that the initial instalment is undertaken by professionals. Although the rubber coating may be unappealing to look at, it can be painted in a variety of colours.