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ROOFING INSPECTION & REPAIR
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CHIMNEY FLASHING Mistakes & Leaks
COLD WEATHER ROOF TROUBLE
DECKS, ROOFTOP CONSTRUCTION
EPDM, RUBBER, PVC ROOFING
EXTRACTIVE BLEEDING on SHINGLES
FIRE RETARDANT PLYWOOD
FLASHING on BUILDINGS
FLAT ROOF MOISTURE & CONDENSATION
Green House or Solarium Roof Leaks
HEAT TAPES & CABLES on Roofs for Ice Dams
ICE DAM PREVENTION
MASONITE WOODRUF FIBERBOARD ROOFING
NOISE CONTROL for ROOFS
PLASTIC ROOFING TYPES
PVC, EPDM, RUBBER ROOFING
ROOF ARCHITECTURAL STYLES - PHOTO GUIDE
ROOF CLEANING RECOMMENDATIONS
ROOF COLOR RECOMMENDATIONS
ROOF INSPECTION SAFETY & LIMITS
ROOF LEAK DIAGNOSIS & REPAIR
ROOF NOISE TRANSMISSION
ROOF REPLACEMENT SNAFUs
ROOFING FELT UNDERLAYMENT REQUIREMENTS
ROOFING MATERIALS, Age, Types
SADDLE CONSTRUCTION at CHIMNEYS
SNOW GUARDS & SNOW BRAKES
STANDARDS for ROOFING
STRESS SKIN INSULATED PANELS
TEST LABS - ROOF SHINGLE
TREES & SHRUBS, TRIM OFF BUILDING
TRUSSES, Floor & Roof
UNDERLAYMENT REQUIREMENTS on ROOFS
VENTILATION in BUILDINGS
WALK-ON ROOF SURFACES
WARRANTIES for ROOF SHINGLES
WORKMANSHIP & ROOF DAMAGE
EPDM Roofs, Rubber Roofs & PVC Roof coverings: this article describes membrane roofing materials, flat roof membrane choices, flat roof installations, inspection, EPDM or rubber roof defects, flat roof leak detection, flat roofing repairs, and flat roof membrane product sources.
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Membrane Roofing Materials, EPDM, PVC, or Rubber Roof Choices, Costs, Life Expectancy, Flat Roof or Membrane Roof Characteristics
Carson Dunlop's illustrations (below) compare an EPDM roof membrane installation and a PVC roof membrane installation.
Substrates for EPDM Roofs
Installation Details for EPDM Roofs
Pros and Cons of EPDM Roofing
-- Adapted with permission from Best Practices Guide to Residential Construction.
Common Problems in PVC or EPDM Membrane or "rubber" Roofs
The EPDM roof shown above leaked in less than five years, and by ten years of age we found recurrent openings and leak risks at several seams in the roof as well as along the lower roof edge where that stupid gravel stop was installed.
Our photos below illustrate what happens when an EPDM wrinkle extends into a roof seam, and as you can see by the water stains, the gravel stop caused excessive ponding that gave frost extra time to work on and push open the seam tape neaer the roof edge. These seam failures (and leaks) began appearing in the rubber roof in less than five years. The photos below show the roof edge at 14 years of age.
At EPDM ROOF LEAK REPAIRS we describe the maintenance & leak history and the ultimate repairs required for this EPDM roof.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about membrane type roofs: rubber, EPDM, plastic: instsallation, inspection, leaks, repairs
Questions & answers or comments about the installation, inspection, properties & repair of EPDM or "rubber" roofs.
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