Houston roofing contractors have been using asphalt shingles for decades. Asphalt shingles are considered to be the work horse of steep slope residential roofing. When a person drives down a street in a neighborhood, they will see that the majority of homes have asphalt shingles. They are popular because they are inexpensive and perform well. They have been known to last 20 or more years.
The two most popular styles of asphalt shingles are 3 tab shingles and architectural shingles. Architectural shingles are generally considered to be the higher quality product. They are aesthetically pleasing, provide better performance, are heavier and have longer durability. Most architectural shingles have a higher wind rating than 3 tab shingles.
Most 3 tab shingles have a wind rating from between 60 and 80 miles per hour. However, when installed in harmony with manufacturer's specifications and local building codes, architectural shingles are rated for winds in excess of 130 miles per hour. In the same way that asphalt singles are the work horse in the residential world, EPDM rubber is the go to material for flat roof or low slope commercial buildings.
Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer is a single ply roofing membrane. The most popular color for this material is black, but it can also be purchased in white for a slightly increased cost.
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White material is used to reflect sunlight off a roof. EPDM can be purchased in thicknesses ranging from 45 to 90 millimeters. The most common thickness ranges between 45 and 60 millimeters.
EPDM can be mechanically attached or fully adhered to a roof. It comes in reinforced and nonreinforced varieties. The reinforced material is mechanically attached. Nonreinforced material is fully adhered to the roof. It is best to consult a roofing professional when determining which of the two materials is best for a particular commercial roof.
EPDM rubber is sold in sheets ranging from 5 to 50 feet in width. On most roofs, more than one sheet is required. Seams between the sheets are sealed using an inseam tape. Contractors must take special care to make sure that the seams are watertight.
A rubber roof should last from between 15 to 30 years. Factors such as weather conditions, the thickness of the membrane installed, and the quality of the install will play a role in the life of the roof. It is recommended that building owners do routine inspections and contact their roofing contractor when they notice any damage that may require additional inspection or repair.