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Iowa uses EPDM Coatings
EPDM is a very unique category of rubber that can be used for waterproofing or repairing leaky roofs of all kinds. Throughout its 25 year plus history it has been used on:
- Residential and Commercial Buildings
- Ponds and Fountains
- Storage Tanks
- Coating pier pylons so mussels don’t grown
- Recreational Vehicles
There are two forms of EPDM. The first is the rolled or sheet version and is often recommended for flat roofs in commercial type buildings. The other type is the liquid version called liquid EPDM Coating. So why choose one over the other. Throughout the years there have been many commonly known concerns with sheet epdm rubber. The three most common are:
- Application skill involved in the installation
- Inability for other coatings such as elastomerics to adhere for multiple years
- Chalkiness breakdown as it ages
- Separation of the seams
There are many advantages to the liquid epdm. The first advantage is durability. As a liquid it will conform to any shape. During the cure process it will provide an airtight seal between the existing roof substrate and the coating. What is left is a perfectly smooth seamless membrane. Imagine never needing to worry about seams. Secondly; due the way it is manufactured it will not chalk further extending the life of the coating. The liquid EPDM Coating will help the roof last even longer because there are no seams which are the main culprits for leaks. We all know what occurs when water gets down into the seams and runs down along the epdm membrane; you get a leak but we really never know where the leak originated. Sheet epdm requires an adhesive to install the sheets. The liquid EPDM Coating is a "self-adhesive". Through a catalyst curing process it chemically bonds to the substrate. Liquid EPDM is known for its east of application. For most substrates it is a one coat application. This alone sets it apart from other coatings that require a primer and multiple top coats.
EPDM Coatings Characteristics
Another remarkable characteristic of Liquid EPDM Coatings is that it can withstand any climate temperature on earth. And by temperature we mean 40 below to 300 F, there is no risk of melting, cracking or peeling. The curing time and the temperature needed for curing are considerations for the liquid EPDM. The liquid cures through a catalyst chemical reaction. In order for the reaction to occur, a daytime temperature of 55 degrees or higher is necessary. Very high temperatures could shorten the 4 hour pot line. The product can be applied at any temperature but due to the curing process it requires 55 or above to start drying. So if your nighttime temperatures fall below 55 there is no need for concern. The product will simply start curing the next day when the temperatures rise above 55. The liquid EPDM Coating can also be used to repair existing EPDM roofs. If only a small area of the membrane is damaged or needs to be replaced, it is more cost effective to use the liquid epdm rubber in conjunction with poly fabric and/or a small replacement piece of epdm rubber. Many hardware stores carry patching kits and you can also find them on the internet.
Why the Success of Liquid EPDM (Rubber)?
- The Liquid Roof Coating is almost the same to sheet EPDM with one huge advantage. Since it’s a liquid it is seamless and self-adhering.
- Handles the most extreme conditions’ Temps from -40 to 300F
- One Coat
- Proven 25 year track record of success
- Easy Application- A true do-it-yourself product
- Waterproofs upon application and withstand standing water 365 days a year
- It will seal leaks, reduce surface temperature as well as reduce noise caused by hail or rain.
- Liquid EPDM Coating has shown in controlled testing to surpass Acrylics, elastomers as well as Urethanes three times
- Goes on virtually all surfaces Click here for applicable uses
- Since it’s a liquid it can be applied to verticals and horizontals and it will adhere to any shape.
- When cured the Liquid EPDM Coating will result in a 100% seamless membrane