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The Top Benefits of Installing EPDM Rubber Roofing on Your Business

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Wisconsin offers a gorgeous landscape and beautiful historic buildings that make it a popular location for residents and vacationers. Many of the state’s older commercial buildings remain in use today, but that can present problems for their owners, who need these century-old structures to remain in ideal condition. That need for building health requires roofing repairs, replacement, and restoration. After re-roofing a building many times, a building owner may begin searching for a better way to extend their building’s health. A rubber roofing sealant can provide the protection needed to extend the life of a 20- to 30-year-old roof.

For more than 25 years, commercial building owners have relied on EPDM rubber roofing as a solution to protect their building’s new roofs and extend the life of their older roofs. Made from liquid butyl rubber, this hearty roofing coating can add 18 to 20 years of reliable service to a commercial roof. 

Let’s consider the many benefits of EPDM’s rubber roof sealant so you understand why Yutzy Roofing Service, LLC recommends this roof coating to its Wisconsin business clients for roof restoration.

1. Works on Most Roof Surfaces

EPDM rubber roofing sealant provides a simple way to seal and coat most types of commercial building roofing. This rubber roof coating most commonly goes on top of foam, metal, fiberglass, rubber, concrete, built-up roofing (BUR), and thermoplastic polyolefin (TPO). It can also work with many other roofing types, including tar, gravel, and polyvinyl chloride (PVC) roofs. This means that if your older roof develops a leak, you can have EPDM added to it as a part of the patching process to stop the leak and protect the rest of the roof.

2. No Primer Required

Unlike many other coating and sealant products, EPDM rubber roofing doesn’t require a primer application or base coat. EPDM’s all-in-one liquid butyl rubber product adds to the roof’s durability without requiring additives or top coats either. When installing this product, commercial roofers can observe that the product seals the roofing seams because the roller marks disappear as this sealant dries. This wet/dry color change allows the roofer to ensure full coverage.

3. It Only Takes One Coat

The fact that EPDM rubber roofing takes just one coat to work helps your business in two ways. First, a one-coat product places less weight on your building’s roof. Other products require two or three coats of sealant, which places a heavy load on your property’s roof. The architect who designed your commercial property crafted your building’s roof to withstand a specific amount of weight. That’s one of the reasons why, when a building receives a new roof, the roofers tear off the old one before installing the new one.

The second way EPDM’s one-coat design helps you is by allowing you the short time required to install it. Yutzy Roofing Service, LLC won’t need to be on your roof for days with this one-coat product. A one-day roofing repair means less time you need to close your business for repairs. We can quickly repair problems using this one-coat solution.

4. Provides Waterproof Seal for the Roof

EPDM rubber roofing doesn’t just coat your roof’s top layer with an appearance-enhancing coating. It waterproofs the roof of your building. This sealant creates a barrier that makes water bead instead of saturating into your roofing material.

Most commercial buildings feature flat roofs, a roofing type known to spring leaks because it has a subtle pitch or no pitch. Unlike most homes, which typically feature a rather steeply pitched roof, the flat roof of a commercial building lets water pool instead of running off. Many commercial and industrial buildings also lack roofing gutters, which means nothing channels the pooled water off of the roof and away from the building’s foundation. It stands there until it dries naturally.

Commercial flat roofing design provides a professional appearance to buildings but can cause issues with materials wear and tear, especially oversaturation of water in the roofing materials, which can cause leaks. Using EPDM’s rubber coating seals the roof with waterproof rubber, protecting it for decades to come so your building avoids roof leaks and water damage.

5. Deters Mold and Mildew Formation

Adding EPDM rubber roofing to a commercial building’s roof also deters mildew and mold formation while destroying any that has already formed. The sealant contains mildewcides that prohibit these fungi from growing on your building’s roof. Prohibiting the growth of mildew and mold improves the roof’s health and helps it last longer, but it also contributes to the health of the individuals inside the building.

Many commercial buildings install the HVAC system, including its air intake, on the roof of the building. That means if mold or mildew does develop on the roof, its spores can easily enter the building through the air intake system and blow right into your offices, store space, or warehouse. Once inside, these spores can grow and cause health problems for your employees, clients, and vendors. Making a serious effort to prohibit mildew and mold growth protects the building and the people inside it. The mildewcides in EPDM’s rubber coating aren’t the only ingredient in this liquid butyl rubber coating that provides added protection.

6. Contains a Rust-Proofing Agent

EPDM rubber roofing also contains an adhesion promotor, rust inhibitor, and UV stabilizer. Those three ingredients work together to form a chemical bond between the rubber roof sealant and the existing roofing material that turns the two products into a single, unified roofing material once the rubber roof sealant cures. Once installed, the product cures in eight to 10 hours, providing a rust-proof coating that doesn’t lose effectivity from climatic exposures, such as precipitation or sunlight’s UV rays.

7. Reduces Thermal Heat Entry

Not only does EPDM rubber roofing sealant protect your roof from UV damage, but it also helps block thermal heat entry. That means that during spring and summer, the hot Wisconsin sun won’t add to the work your building’s heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system has to do. By blocking thermal heat entry, the roof coating reduces the work your building’s air conditioning must do, and that helps reduce your energy bills. It also adds to the comfort of those working inside the building.

8. Outperforms Other Roofing Coatings or Sealants

EPDM rubber roofing outperforms other commercial roofing sealants, including those made of acrylic, elastomeric, or urethane. Those heavier products can’t match the performance of the lightweight EPDM coating. In fact, we can install liquid butyl rubber that is three times thicker than other products because of its featherweight. Enjoy up to a 20-mil thick film of sealant on your building’s roof without concerns about adding weight to it. EPDM’s product lasts three times longer than urethane or elastomeric coatings, too, giving you more for your money.

9. Climate-Durable Choice

Many building products experience issues if it rains hours after their installation, but not EPDM rubber roofing. Light rain as soon as two hours after its application won’t harm this tough roof coating. It waterproofs within two to three hours of application. EPDM’s tough sealant solution can also handle freezing temperatures during its drying process. Once completely cured, it stands up to extreme cold and heat, helping your business’s roof last up to two decades longer.

10. Budget-Friendly Solution

The final benefit of using EPDM rubber roofing comes from its affordability. Using EPDM’s liquid butyl rubber costs less than using other products because it requires no other products to work. Other systems need primers, base coats, top coats, etc. That makes using this top-notch, solvent-based roofing sealant cost less than other options while providing better protection for your commercial building’s roof. It takes just one gallon to cover 50 square feet of roof, so most commercial spaces only need a few gallons to completely coat their roof.

Replacing or Restoring Your Commercial Building’s Roof

Whether you need flat roof leak repair or a metal roof restoration, Yutzy Roofing Service LLC can help. Our company employs experienced commercial roofers familiar with the challenges businesses in Wisconsin face. Because of their design and the roofing materials used, commercial roofs last much longer than residential ones. That doesn’t mean they won’t sometimes need commercial roof repairs.

Let the commercial roofers at Yutzy Roofing Service LLC help you with metal roof leak repair or reinforcing your building’s BUR or TPO roof using EPDM rubber roofing. The many benefits of this heavy-duty, solvent-based roofing sealant can help your business’s roof last longer, perform better, and resist damage. Re-coating your commercial building’s roof with tough rubber sealant provides an economical way to protect your building from leaks and the ensuing water damage.

We can help you protect your building with a stronger roof whether you operate a retail store, shopping center, industrial complex, manufacturing operation, or warehouse. Regardless of the severity of your commercial roof’s condition, we can help you fix it. Our roofing company serves the greater Green Bay, WI area, including Marshfield, Stevens Point, Plover, Wausau, Eau Claire, Oshkosh, and Appleton. Call us today at 715-897-5017 to schedule a free roof inspection or consultation.

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