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Home and business owners who use a flat roofing system will want to choose a reliable and long lasting option for their roof's surface. There are many primary materials that customers can consider when they call the Grand Rapids roofing specialists, and each surface will have its own advantages and disadvantages to keep in mind. One of the most commonly available systems to work with is EPDM. While there are many advantages that come with using this material, there are also some disadvantages that customers should keep in mind in order to make the most of their installation.

One disadvantage of this system is that it is not always easy to install like BUR or rolled roofing systems. Rubber roofs must always be installed by professionals who have experience working with the material. If the system is poorly set up, it will come apart more quickly than it should. A well installed system will last upward of 40 years, but poor installation techniques can cut its lifespan by as much as half.

In addition to the correct installation of the system itself, property owners will need to work with experienced contractors when they want to make further additions to their rooftop. Different types of piping, residential and commercial HVAC units, chimneys and even stack lines can all pose a threat to the surface material's integrity if they are not installed correctly.

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It is at these breach points that individuals will see leaks and other signs of damage that will need to be repaired later.

While EPDM systems are not delicate or fragile, they are not entirely indestructible either. Sometimes, enough debris and physical wear is all it takes for visible signs of damage to appear on the system's surface. A fallen branch, broken satellite dish or extensive foot traffic can be enough to create punctures and discolorations along the material. While these breaches are relatively easy to repair, they may require additional inspections to stay on top of maintenance problems.

Finally, many property owners may dislike the final appearance of the system. Because it is made of rubber, an EPDM rooftop will appear as a giant black surface stretched out over the roof's length. While this is not a concern for commercial locations, it may detract from a home's curb appeal, especially if the roof is relatively low set. There are other surfaces available for homeowners who want to choose a more aesthetically pleasing material.

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