EPDM Roofing

Should You Replace or Repair Your EPDM Roofing?

EPDM Roofing is a popular rubber roofing material, constructed in the form of a membrane, that many commercial businesses tend to use on the buildings. It is called Ethylene Propylene Diene Terpolymer, yet it is more popularly known as EPDM roofing material. In the state of Texas, this is the premier membrane material to use because of how it can endure the extreme weather in this region of the United States. Not only is it extremely popular, but it tends to be one of the least expensive ones that you can obtain. There are some drawbacks that you should be aware of despite the benefits of using this membrane. For those that would opt for placing a new membrane over an old one, this can lead to future problems. Here is an overview of the many affordable ways that you can repair your EPDM roof.

What Is EPDM Used For?

Commercial Flat Roof ContractorsIf you own a bicycle that you ride on a regular basis, you are likely aware of the inner to inside of each bike tire; the material that it is made from is typically EPDM that comes from recycled rubber. From a commercial roofing standpoint, this material is also very valuable, especially that which is made of lighter shades of the material. It will easily reflect light, which will minimize the amount of ultraviolet light that can affect the roof itself. To install this, it is simply glued onto the surface of the roof, going all the way out to its perimeter.

Top Characteristics Of an EPDM Roof

If you work on commercial roofing projects regularly, EPDM membranes are often used, and they come in either white or black configurations. You can also choose membranes that are various sizes and lengths. Once it is fastened down, it will provide your roof with protection, preferably with an adhesive that will last. There is also the option, especially for those with a rock or gravel roof, to create what is called a ballasted roof using the EPDM.

Are There Any Drawbacks?

There are some drawbacks associated with this material. Although it is inexpensive to use, there are some disadvantages:

Flashing Failure Possibilities – in some cases, the installation of flashing to prevent flooding at the roof level may fail to work.
Potential Shrinkage – this material, in many cases, will begin to shrink over time which can cause it to become dislodged.
Water Damage – when this occurs, it is typically because seem will open, exposing the decking material to water which can lead to more serious damage.
Seam failure – as the adhesive is exposed to weathering, it can be overexposed causing it to degrade.

The Importance of Inspections

In the state of Texas, commercial roofing begins with a visual inspection which must be done in order to determine how the roof is doing. If any problems are noted, compulsory steps must be taken in order to mitigate potential damage from happening. There should also be inspections of any saturated area that could be beneath the membrane itself.

Armadillo Roofing & Exteriors (512) 333-7663, provides commercial flat roof repair, commercial flat roof replacement and commercial flat roof installation services to Austin, Texas and the surrounding communities. We have been providing commercial roofing services to the area for over 19 years. For any questions or concerns about commercial metal roofing, check us out at ArmadilloMetalRoofing.com.

Commercial Flat Roof Repair

How to Improve the Lifespan of Your Austin Commercial Roofing

Single-ply membrane roofing materials are common today in flat or low-slope Austin commercial roofing systems on buildings like warehouses, distribution centers, retail outlets, and even restaurants. These commercial roofing materials include thermoplastic PVC and TPO, as well as thermoset EPDM rubber, which all offer a multitude of protective benefits for your commercial building. A long commercial roof lifespan is certainly among single-ply membranes’ advantages, no matter which material option you choose.

Of course, building owners and managers can optimize their commercial roof’s lifespan and ensure that they’re getting the best possible performance from their single-ply membrane roofing. Today’s blog post covers a few tips about things you can do to protect your commercial roofing investment over time.

Twice Yearly Commercial Roof Inspections Are Key

Commecial Flat Roof Repair CompaniesThe short answer to “how can I improve my commercial roof’s lifespan?” is comprehensive roof inspections. Ideally, these are performed by a professional commercial roofing contractor twice per year—in the spring after snow is no longer a threat, and in the fall, after strong summertime storms have subsided.

If you or your in-house maintenance crew is comfortable on a ladder, there are some roofing self-inspection tasks you can complete to help maximize your commercial roof lifespan. However, if you spot signs of damage in your single-ply membrane roofing or other issues like ponding water, you should call a trusted commercial roofing contractor for help. Ignoring problems—accumulations of debris, cracked or curling sealant, standing water (aka “ponding”), blistering or cracking—will eventually equal leaks into your commercial building.

Make Sure Your New Commercial Roofing System is Professionally Installed

Any time you expand your commercial building’s footprint or add new facilities on your commercial property, it is essential to have your roofing installed by experienced and capable professional roofing contractors. This goes for single-ply membrane roofing, as well as all other commercial roofing systems and materials, including metal roofing and asphalt-based systems.

You Need Someone You Can Trust in Austin Commercial Roofing

Faulty installation is one of the leading causes of commercial roofing not living up to longevity expectations. While the roofing material itself may have manufacturer warranties, you also want to be sure to ask your roofing contractor about any guarantees they offer on their installation work.

Keep Trees Trimmed Around Your Commercial Building

Fallen limbs and other debris from trees surrounding your commercial building can damage your single-ply membrane roofing in a surprising number of ways. Physical damage caused by falling or windblown tree branches hitting your commercial roof during a storm is one thing, but tree debris left to rot on your flat roof’s surface can stain and deteriorate the material beneath it.

Always keep trees close to your commercial building maintained and consider a regular clean-up regimen if you notice that leaves, sticks, or other debris tend to get stuck in certain areas of your roof.

Commercial Roofing Contractors With the Experience You Need

Look for Roofing Damage After Severe Weather

Here in our Unlimited Commercial Roofing service area of eastern Pennsylvania and northern Maryland, we tend to have a full range of weather events. We can go from wind, rain, and hail in the warmer months to full-on blizzards during the winter—all of which can be detrimental to your commercial roof’s lifespan.

When your commercial building has weathered a particularly harsh storm, it’s always a good idea to make a quick visual self-inspection of your roof to check for big problems. And if water has suddenly begun leaking into your building’s interior, it’s time to call a local roofing expert for help with repairs.

Armadillo Roofing & Exteriors (512) 333-7663 is a flat roof repair contractor and flat roof installation company serving Austin, Texas and the surrounding Austin, TX area cities. We have been providing quality professional roofing services since 2003. If you need help with commercial metal roofing, contact us through our website at TaurusEliteRoofing.com.

Contact Us For Your Free Estimate!

Simply Fill Out The Form Below or Call Us Now

Commercial Roof Repair, Commercial Roof Replacement and Commercial Metal Roof Restoration for the Austin Area

Commercial Roof Repair

Need commercial roof repair? At Armadillo Roofing we offer customers affordable commercial roof repair options.

Commercial Roof Installation

Modified Bitumen, White Membrane, Metal or Green Roofing Systems, we can install the highest quality roof on your commercial building.

Commercial Metal Roof Repair

We'll keep your property's Metal Roofing System in top-notch condition with our extensive experience and expertise with Commercial Metal Roofing Systems.

Commercial Metal Roof Restoration

Let us show you how you can save a lot of money, as much as 30-40%, by restoring your commercial metal roof instead of replacing it.

About Us

I’m Mark Franz, the owner of Armadillo Roofing & Exteriors.

I’m proud to say no one can beat our quality and experience in commercial roof repair, commercial roof installation, commercial roof replacement, commercial metal roof repair and commercial metal roof restoration in Austin, Texas.

Some of Our Latest Projects

Check out these recently completed commercial roofing projects.

Whether you’re looking for commercial roof installation, commercial roof repair, commercial roof maintenance, commercial metal roof repair or commercial metal roof restoration, we here at Armadillo Roofing have you covered.

With Commercial Roofing we are experienced in Modified Bitumen, White Membrane, Metal, Tile, Shingle, Green and all Flat Roofing systems.

You can save a lot of money, as much as 30-40% over a replacement, by taking advantage of our commercial metal roof restoration services.

Some of Our Latest Projects

Here at Armadillo Roofing, nothing is more important than taking care of the most important asset we have – our satisfied customers.

We take pride in the number of 5 star reviews you will find online that our customers have posted.

We will always deliver on our promise to ensure the finest quality materials and craftsmanship, stressing integrity and rewarding excellence. We are craftsmen who take pride in the roofing services we provide to our customers, both commercial and residential.

Our commitment is to deliver “Quality Craftsmanship at an Affordable Price,” and we have been doing just that for well over a decade now in Austin and the surrounding areas.

“Thanks for taking care of us in a professional manner. It was a pleasure to deal with someone who actually did what he said he would do. Look forward to seeing you soon. Thanks again.”

Mike McCoy – Mission Mortgage

“Thanks for a job well done. I look forward to working with you in the future. Let me know if you need any references on your future jobs. I’d be glad to be of help. Take Care.”

Mike Wilson – Central Texas Development Assessments, Inc.,

“Thank you again for your hard work. You did an amazing job on our building’s roof system and I would certainly recommend Armadillo to anyone needing your services.”

A.W. Armstrong – Kestrel Management Services, LLC

“Armadillo Roofing replaced our old roof with a beautiful new one. David managed the entire process to the detail. He was there during the work and walked the roof with me after it was finished. Quality, friendly and trustworthy best describes our experience with Mark and David at Armadillo.”

Lisa Y. – Austin

“We had an amazing experience with Armadillo Roofing and can’t say enough positive things about them. They replaced our entire roof in time to put our house on the market.”

Court C. – Cedar Park

“A hail storm left us with roof damage. Armadillo was referred to us and we couldn’t be happier. David was onsite at the start and finish of each phase to ensure everything was done properly. Mark is engaged and responsive anytime we had questions. They do great work! I would recommend Armadillo to anyone.”

Danny W. – Austin