How long do rubber roofs last? EPDM Roofs Durability

Rubber roofing stands out as a popular and reliable option when selecting the ideal type of roof covering for your property. Rubber roofs offer numerous advantages such as durability, flexibility, and weather-resistance that can benefit any location.

EPDM roofing at Rubber Roofing Direct stands out among the variety of options available to us as an excellent option.

Here, we explore its benefits and why many consider it their number one choice in rubber roof systems.

What is EPDM Roofing?

EPDM (Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer) roofing membrane is an EPDM synthetic rubber membrane widely used in roofing industries and known for its exceptional performance and longevity.

Rubber Roofing Direct specialize in providing superior-grade EPDM roofing to ensure our customers receive an experience they won’t forget!

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How long does rubber roof last?

Most of the rubber roofs like EPDM systems has a life expectancy of over 50 years. Most brands are certified, fire-rated for both residential and commercial applications, and holds FL certification for green roof projects.

This roofing system is completely resistant to roots, with a thickness of 2.5 millimeters and reinforced construction, making it one of the most durable options available for flat roofs.

Its puncture resistance is exceptional, making it suitable for fire exits and walkways, and it maintains a non-slip surface even when wet. This makes it ideal for roof terraces or balconies, as long as heavy garden furniture is avoided. If furniture is intended for use on such surfaces, we recommend placing rubber prom or tiles on top.

Rubber roof requires minimal maintenance, making it a practical choice for tall buildings with limited access. While gutter cleaning and outlet maintenance are standard practices for all roofs, they are not specific to EPDM or rubber roofing but are recommended as good practices.

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Benefits of EPDM rubber Roofing?


One of the greatest benefits of EPDM roofing is its exceptional durability. EPDM is known for withstanding extreme temperatures, UV rays, rain, hailstorms and more without cracking or degrading over time, making it an excellent long-term roofing option.


It is resistant to ozone pollution means EPDM roofs may last 50 years when properly maintained, providing peace of mind to property owners.

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Flexibility is one of the hallmarks of EPDM roofing material. This versatile material easily conforms to any shape or contour in order to provide seamless installations on flat roofs, low slope roofs, or even curved surfaces, making EPDM roofing suitable for residential, commercial and industrial buildings alike.

Easy Installation

Rubber Roofing Direct’s EPDM roofing membrane is widely known for its straightforward installation process, making it perfect for both DIY enthusiasts and professional installers. Lightweight construction makes installation much simpler; mechanical fasteners, fully adhered membrane or ballasted installations may all work.

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Resistant to leaks or water damage

EPDM roofing not only offers durability and flexibility, but it is also highly resistant to leaks and moisture damage. As it is a single-ply system without seams or joints to potentially cause leakage, EPDM membrane provides excellent waterproofing properties and minimizes water damage risk to underlying structures.

 EPDM is therefore an excellent solution for areas experiencing heavy rainfall or snowfall.

Eco-friendly option

Rubber Roofing Direct’s EPDM roofing solution is also an eco-friendly option, being composed of recyclable material with low environmental impacts during production. Furthermore, its longevity reduces waste production while decreasing replacement requirements – further minimizing waste and environmental impact.

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Can you walk on a rubber roof?

One of the most frequently asked questions I am asked about is whether it’s safe to walk on the membrane after installation.

There are numerous situations where walking on the membrane becomes necessary, such as window cleaning, gutter maintenance, or repairing adjacent roofs. However, a bit of common sense is essential before stepping onto the surface. It is important to note that dropping branches, tiles, and hammers from different heights didn’t cause any damage to the membrane. Therefore, walking on it shouldn’t be an issue.

The primary advice we offer is to inspect your boots or shoes for any debris like grit or pebble dashing stones that could scuff or tear the rubber. If you anticipate activities such as cutting trees from above or repairing a tiled roof where you want to prevent any items from falling onto the membrane, we suggest placing a timber board or a piece of old carpet for added protection.

The Final Verdict

Rubber Roofing Direct’s EPDM roofing options provide exceptional durability, flexibility, ease of installation and resistance to leaks – making it the go-to solution for many applications from residential to commercial properties alike. Explore their selection of EPDM roof options now available and take the first step toward finding a long-term and reliable solution!

Saad Iqbal is a professional civil engineering and freelance write. He's passionate about structures, construction management, and home improvement topics. He's been working as a Senior Engineer in a consultant firm for over 8 years. Besides he loves writing informative and in-depth content focused on construction and home-related topics. You can catch him at his linkedin page or reach out via our contact us page.

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