Is EPDM Good for the Environment?

Posted on April 24, 2019 · Posted in EPDM/ Rubber Roofing, Recycling, Roofing Education

Many property owners invest in new roofing materials with an eye on environmentally friendly products.

Both builders and property owners see the value in choosing products that are less damaging to the environment as long as those products still meet their needs. Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer, or EPDM, is one such product.

Why EPDM Is Making Its Market

For those considering EPDM roofing, look at just how versatile and beneficial this product is both for its sustainability and its energy efficiency. It’s ideal for flat roof commercial buildings along with residential applications for several key reasons.

Energy Efficiency Benefits

EPDM is an energy-efficient solution. It’s available in both white and black colors, which allows it to provide efficiencies in most environments. In warmer climates, for example, the white version helps to limit the amount of heat absorbed. In colder areas, the darker version works to absorb more of the heat, reducing how much the furnace needs to work.

Good for the Planet

Another key benefit to EPDM is that it’s an excellent choice for the environment itself. In a study that created a life cycle assessment of these products, EPDM was ideal because its long-term environmental impact was significantly less than other roofing materials including SBS-modified bitumen and TPO. This product has the lowest impact on global warming, smog impact as well as acid rain impact of these other, compared materials.

It’s Long Lasting

From a property owner standpoint, the fact that these roofing materials are highly durable is good news. They are capable of lasting decades and maintaining their good condition throughout that time. They are less likely to need to be re-coated like other products. They are not likely to need constant maintenance and repairs either. As a result, there’s less impact on the environment and far less investment from the property owner’s point of view.

Stormwater Retention Benefits

Many commercial property owners are investing in stormwater retention solutions. EPDM has shown to be able to handle even significant rain events with solid performance. This allows it to be more effective when the most potential for benefit is present. If you’re considering the use of a stormwater retention system, this could be an ideal choice.

Do You Need a New Roof?

Horch Roofing is Midcoast Maine’s largest and most experienced roofing contractor. We provide metal roofing, asphalt shingle roofing, EPDM rubber roofing, and seamless gutters for both residential and commercial roofing projects. We also offer free roof estimates or job estimates. Horch Roofing has been roofing homes on the coast of Maine since 2003. We serve the communities of coastal Maine from our headquarters in Warren. You can call us at (207) 273-1111, visit us at 2414 Camden Road, or contact us online.