There are a couple of different roofing products that can be used on RV’s but if yours happens to have EPDM, then you may be interested in what the biggest benefits of EPDM rubber roofing truly are. Chances are unless you’re a professional salesperson in the RV industry the whole “EPDM” terminology goes right over your head. So let’s break it down and take a look at what it is, and what the benefits are.
What is EPDM Rubber Roofing?
First off it’s important to discuss what EPDM rubber roofing is. Obviously it’s a rubber substance used for roofing on RV’s. Its’ proper technical term is: ethylene propylene diene terpolymer. In everyday terms this is a super heavy-duty durable synthetic rubber roofing membrane. It’s very common as you’ll find a large number of RV’s use this substance for the roof.
It’s Easy to Repair and Maintain
Unlike some of the other materials that can be used on the roof of your RV, EPDM is extremely easy to care for and repair. In fact it’s so easy to repair that you could do it yourself in most cases. This means you’ll be able to save money on repair bills. As far as maintenance goes, there is very little required of this rubber roofing.
It’s Easy to Clean
As far as cleaning the roof goes, it’s very simple with EPDM. There are a variety of cleaning options such as using a power washer, using dish soap and a brush, and there are various cleaning products on the market specifically for EPDM roofing. Just be sure if you do purchase a chemical cleaning product that it is safe for rubber roofing, as some can be quite harsh and start to eat away at the roof’s surface.
Enjoy the Color Palette
Maybe you’re used to the traditional aluminum roofs, and if that’s the case it’s time to get acquainted with EPDM.While EPDM isn’t new, it was introduced to the RV market in the 1970s, it hasn’t always been commonplace. With this type of roof RV owners can look forward to a light finish that doesn’t stand out, isn’t an eyesore, and actually adds to the look of the RV. Common colors are white, light blue, beige, and various shades of gray.
Weight and Cost
Then there’s the topic of the actual weight of the roof, which is very light, and the cost, which is also light on the wallet. Alternatives such as fiberglass are much more expensive, and just weigh a lot more. In general a fiberglass roof is going to run you about three times more money, which is probably money you’d rather keep in your pocket at the end of the day.
Creating Happy Customers
EPDM has come a long way since its’ initial introduction and with that said customers can now have all kinds of benefits and advantages to look forward to. So before picking your next roofing material you may want to investigate EPDM in depth.