The Cherry On Top Of A Roof Replacement: All About EPDM Roof Coating

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The Cherry On Top Of A Roof Replacement: All About EPDM Roof Coating

1 July 2015
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Blog


When your contractor does a re-roofing job, they will typically do more than just install a new roof. While it's great to have new roof materials, those materials need protection. For this reason, a roof coating like Ethylene Propylene Diene Terpolymer, better known as EPDM, is often applied as soon as the new roof is in place. Below, you can learn the three main reasons that EPDM acts as the cherry on top of your roof replacement.

It Can Protect Your Roof For Decades

EPDM roof coating has a very long life and will typically protect your roof for about 50 years. Naturally, the lifespan of roof coating can vary depending upon the environment and the climate. An EPDM roof coating in a very harsh climate may not last as long as one in a mild climate.

EPDM roof coating has been in existence for 40 years. According to the EPDM Roofing Association, none of the EPDM roof coatings installed during that entire period has shown severe signs of deterioration that would necessitate roof replacement.

It Can Take Whatever The World Dishes Out

An EPDM roof coating can take whatever the world throws at it. The very high level of EPDM roof coating durability means that it can:

  • Repel water and moisture
  • Absorb heat without melting or allowing the heat into the home
  • Resist damage from ice
  • Resist damage from debris like tree branches and twigs

It Can Be Customized To Match Your Home

Your home is your pride and joy, and this means you probably want the whole house to have a cohesive look. EPDM roof coating comes in two colors, black and white. If neither of those colors works for the look of your home, you can have the coating painted in any shade desired.

EPDM is usually painted with a layer or two of latex paint if color customization is desired. This is typically a job for the professionals since the EPDM needs to be cleaned and primed in a specific way prior to paint application. Be aware that when you paint EPDM this could impact a warranty. Speak with your EPDM installer, like Slaughter Roofing Co, to make sure about this before you proceed with this type of alteration.

EPDM is an excellent option for roof coating if you want a "set it and forget it" option. This type of roof protection is reliable and tough enough to meet the needs of any homeowner today.