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Advantages and Disadvantages of EPDM Roofing vs PVC Roofing

EPDM and PVC are both great options for a commercial flat or low incline roof. They provide protection against the elements and can save you money on energy depending on where you live. Each roofing material has its own unique advantages that you should consider before making a decision.

Is PVC or EDPM roofing right for you?

If you are installing a roof in a moderate climate on a low budget you may want to consider EPDM roofing. EPDM roofs offer long-lasting protection against the elements but are more susceptible to damage than PVC roofs. PVC roofs are more expensive than EPDM but provide a higher class of durability and weather resistance. If you live in an area with a harsher climate or do not want to deal with repairs PVC is your best option. Contact us if you have any questions about which roof is right for you!

Best Value For:
Energy Efficiency
Minimal Maintenance
Seam Strength
Color Options
Least Expensive


Pros and Cons of PVC Roofing

PVC (polyvinyl chloride) is one of the most durable and weather-resistant commercial roofing materials on the market. PVC roofs are highly versatile and have different applications due to their enhanced durability.

Benefits of PVC include:

  • High Durability
  • Long-lasting lifetime
  • Low Maintenance
  • Water and fire-resistant
  • 100% recyclable

Disadvantages of PVC:

  • Comes at a higher cost per square foot
  • Requires complete removal of old roof before installation


Pros and Cons of EPDM Roofing

EPDM (ethylene propylene diene terpolymer) roofing often called “rubber roofing” is a single-ply roofing membrane designed for commercial roofs. It is one of the most popular roofing choices because of its low upfront cost and flexibility.

Benefits of EPDM include:

  • Lowest price for flat or low incline roofs
  • lightweight
  • Very energy efficient if white
  • Lifespan over 20 years

Disadvantages of EDPM:

  • Can be damaged by extreme weather
  • If black can absorb UV rays and create extra heat
Contact Roofed Right America for more information regarding EPDM vs PVC roofing systems
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