If you made the smart choice, then you likely already selected an EPDM roofing system for your business. You decided on this because you found EPDM’s unparalleled durability to be its primary selling point. It’s resistant to UV damage caused by the sun, and it’s incredible weather and temperature resistant. However, like anything else in the world, your roofing system will need to be repaired eventually, and it seems as if you’ve found yourself in this position.
Here’s the thing: All of the reasons that you selected an EPDM roofing solution for your business are the exact same reasons you’ll find repairing your roof easy and cost-effective. Although the square footage involved will likely mean that you cannot perform the repairs yourself, an established contractor will be able to perform the repairs quickly and efficiently. As those repairs are ongoing, you won’t even need to interrupt the normal course of your day-to-day business. This is because, like the original installation, the repairs will not create any dangerous vapors or chemicals as you might find with other roofing solutions, such as asphalt.
How Your Flat Roof Will Be Repaired
The contractors fixing your roof will be making use of a product called liquid roofing. This liquid roofing is made out of the exact same materials as your original EPDM roofing system. After it is applied to your roof it will bond with the existing roofing material, restoring your roof to its original condition or, in some cases, better than its original condition.
Before the repairs can take place, however, the contractors will have to take an important first step. They’ll need to thoroughly clean your roof, ridding it of dirt, grime and debris. The reason for this is simple. If there are contaminants present on the surface of your roof when the liquid roof is applied, it will dramatically decrease the repairs’ efficacy. So, a clean roof is essential.
After this, the liquid roofing can be effortlessly applied. As was said before, this application shouldn’t interrupt your business in the least. The reason for this is that the liquid roofing is applied cold, and therefore does not require the heat and torches involved in applying an asphalt roofing solution. Once the contractors have finished spreading the liquid roof out, all you’ll need to do is wait. The liquid roofing take about 24 hours to cure, and after that you’ll have a roof that should be repair-free for many years to come.
One important thing to remember when repairing your flat EPDM roof is this: Do not under any circumstance use repair materials that are meant for asphalt or other roofing systems. While it might be tempting in some cases as a cost cutting measure, repairs made in this way will seriously degrade the quality of your roof. This will result in more costly repairs later on down the line, and it might endanger you and your employees.