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Is EPDM Roofing Energy-Efficient?

EPDM Roof Energy Efficiency Commercial Roofing

Energy efficiency in Connecticut commercial roofing is a very hot topic these days and one of the ways to achieve it is to have a good roof to protect your building, ensuring adequate insulation and ventilation.

A big amount of the heat loss happens through the roof. At the same time, certain roofs absorb the solar heat and transfer it indoors, which will definitely make those air conditioners run like crazy, in the summer.

These issues can be avoided with an adequate roof.

EPDM roofing is currently the most durable and popular solution used for commercial buildings – and for good reasons! Besides its great protective properties, this type of membrane meets the increasing concerns for energy efficiency and eco-friendliness.

EPDM roofing is, first and foremost, very longwearing  and durable, requiring very little maintenance and repair costs. The fact that it must not be replaced every 15 years is a huge advantage in terms of sustainability. Its application process is eco-friendly, considering that it does not involve using open flame, thus reducing the carbon emissions into the atmosphere. EPDM membrane is also recyclable, at the end of its life span.

The main concern is related to its color, which is dark. This means that EPDM roofing absorbs the heat, which can be an advantage in colder areas, but also a disadvantage in warmer climates and during the summer.  However, this problem can be solved with proper roof insulation and ventilation, as well as by the application of a white liquid coating on the roof, which will modify its reflective properties.