Commercial roofing contractors are very familiar with EPDM roofs. Tough, low-maintenance and cost-efficient, it’s not surprising that EPDM roofing is among the most popular options used on business properties. Here, we take a quick look at how it is installed.
Laying Out the Layer
EPDM roofing is available in large pieces to cover as much roof area as possible. Roofers start by rolling out the EPDM membrane over a flat, dry roof deck. The membrane must have an excess allowance several inches over the edge of the building or about a foot if running up walls. The membrane is allowed to settle and is then folded back in preparation for the adhesive.
Applying the Adhesive
EPDM is secured to the roof deck by a strong adhesive. This adhesive is usually applied using rollers to speed up the process and ensure a more even coating. To make sure the single ply roofing replacement sticks, an adhesive is also applied to the bottom layer of the membrane. The roofers will then wait for some time until the adhesive is in a semi-dry state.
Smoothing the Edges
Once the adhesive on the roof deck is ready, the roofers will then carefully roll out the membrane once again. It’s very important to make sure that the membrane is applied as smoothly as ever to prevent the formation of air pockets caused by wrinkles during installation. The roofer may also use rollers or push brooms to help smooth out the membrane.
Seams and Sealing
A full service roofing company knows that a roof’s biggest weakness is its seams. Using special equipment, roofers will apply caulk to prevent water from getting through the seams running between membrane sheets. The roofers will also install a termination bar to secure parts of the membrane layer running up the walls or other 90-degree surfaces such as chimneys.
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