EPDM Roofing

View of an older fully-adhered EPDM roof that has been patched in several places.

Applying adhesive to EPDM sheets during the installation of a fully-adhered EPDM roof.

More Pictures:

1. Installing a Fully-Adhered EPDM Roof Membrane

2. Damage to a Fully-Adhered EPDM Roof Caused by Fastener Back-Out

Useful Links:

1. General: For an in-depth general article about various roof systems, see this page at the Whole Building Design Guide site, which is maintained by the National Institute of Building Sciences.

2. General: For a fairly short explanation of what EPDM is, see the Wikipedia page here. Not much information specific to EPDM roofing, though.

3. General: The EPDM Roofing Association has thorough and accurate information about EPDM roofing at this location (see the menu on the left side of the page for particular aspects of EPDM roofs). Just remember that this is an industry association that was formed with the purpose of providing "data documenting the many benefits of EPDM roofing systems" (quoted from their website).

4. GeneralEPDM roofing industry news can be found on the EPDM Roofing Association website.

5. Building Codes: "R905.12 Thermoset Single-Ply Roofing" from the 2015 International Residential Code and "1507.12 Thermoset Single-Ply Roofing" from the 2015 International Building Code. Both available on the UpCodes website.

6. Chemical Compatibility of EPDM: See this chart for a long list of chemicals and whether you can expect them to damage EPDM. Note that EPDM roof seam adhesive and semi-cured or uncured EPDM flashings may be affected differently than fully-cured EPDM field material. Chart is made available by Mykin Inc.  

7. Inspection of EPDM roof systems: ROOFER: Membrane and Flashing Condition Indexes for Single-Ply Membrane Roofs - Inspection and Distress Manual is an extremely detailed and valuable resource put together by the US Army Corps of Engineers' Engineer Research and Development Center. Available for download at the Defense Technical Information Center website.

8. SafetySee this Material Safety Data Sheet for health and safety information about EPDM at the Versico websiteThis is only an example and other products and brands may be different.

9. Technical: EPDM Roof Construction Details: An extensive list of easy-to-view details is provided on the GenFlex website.

10. TechnicalSee this Product Data Sheet for the technical characteristics of EPDM roofing at the Johns Manville websiteThis is only an example and other products and brands may be different.

11. Technical: Ballasted EPDM, what is it? See this article on the Carlisle Syntec website.

12. Technical: Fully Adhered EPDM: see Carlisle's page here

13. Technical: Mechanically Attached EPDM: see Carlisle's short animation here.

14. ManufacturersSee here for a list of EPDM roofing manufacturers.