The Pros and Cons of EPDM for Commercial Roofing

Simply put, an EPDM (Ethylene Propylene Diene Terpolymer) roofing is a rubber roofing system. It is a very popular choice for commercial buildings, and we’re about to take a look at why. Check out some of the pros and cons of EPDM Roofing.

The Pros and Cons of EPDM for Commercial Roofing


EPDM is a popular choice for commercial roofing because it takes to low-slope roofs particularly well. Another major advantage is the cost. EPDM roofing is generally more affordable than other types of roofing. The installation process of EPDM roofing is one that is generally quick and easy. They are mainly black, but are sometimes installed with a white coating that can actually save energy by reflecting heat. They are lightweight and do a good job at adapting to any style or shape roof. EPDM roofing is waterproof and fire resistant. If a leak should ever develop, repairs are rather simple. And if a fire should ever occur nearby, EPDM roofing will not ignite, and can actually stop a fire from progressing. These roofs are long-lasting, low maintenance, and recyclable.


As with any type of roofing, there are some drawbacks that you should know about. Homeowners should not try to install these roofs themselves. You will need trained and certified installers with good track records. Although uncommon and repairable, look out for leaks developing around the vent pipes and other protrusions, and look out for punctures in the rubber as well.

The advantages of EPDM roofing far outweigh the disadvantages, which makes it a type of roofing that you should definitely consider. Contact us at Vera Roofing & Construction to learn more about what EPDM roofing can do for your commercial building.