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Different Types of Rubber Roofing, With Pros And Cons

by | Jan 8, 2023

For waterproofing flat roofs, recommended rubber roofing Atlanta specialists can provide you with waterproofing systems with different types of durable materials.

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There are several types of rubber membranes, each with its advantages.

PVC membranes

  • Verified technology
  • High degree of fire resistance
  • The possibility of obtaining customized architectural solutions (colors, profiles and roof logos)
  • Easy to handle and install
  • Suitable for different climatic conditions
  • Fast installation, independent of climatic conditions (it can be installed at low temperatures, and even when it is raining)
  • Good vapor permeability
  • Great flexibility

Con: over time, the additives in the polyvinyl chloride evaporate and the membrane can become brittle.

TPO membranes

  • High chemical resistance
  • Suitable for direct application to substrates such as bitumen, EPS insulation and XPS
  • No plasticizer (no migration/contamination or transpiration)
  • Easy to maintain
  • Suitable to be used and exposed in severe climatic conditions
  • Installation without the use of fire sources
  • Environmentally friendly product
  • Proven performance and durability for 35 years

Con: TPO is a fairly new coating solution, so manufacturers are still working on improving the formulas in its composition. Consequently, not all TPO membranes have the same qualities.

EPDM membranes

  • Excellent stability against the influences of weather, sunlight, acids and caustic solutions
  • Long lasting flexibility and elasticity
  • Traction resistant
  • Suitable for uneven substrates
  • Membrane adjustment is possible up to 30 minutes after fixing
  • Easy application in the corners
  • It does not require additional mechanical fixing
  • Resistant to ozone and UV rays
  • Durability 50 years

Con: They are more expensive than other types of rubber roofing