The Right Roofing Solution For Your Business

If your Murfreesboro or Nashville area business has a flat roof or a roof with a low slope (as so many commercial spaces do), you’ll want to consider an alternative to the asphalt shingles used so commonly in residential applications. One great option available to you is EPDM rubber roofing. EPDM stands for “Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer,” which is a synthetic rubber compound that, over the past 40 years, has become the material of choice for both new and reroof low-slope roofing applications.


Why Choose EPDM Roofing?

There are many advantages to EPDM roofing. The seasoned EPDM roofing professionals at L & L Contractors have seen the following benefits:

  • Membrane fatigue resistance
  • High resistance to wind damage and hail
  • High resistance to ozone and weather-degradation
  • Flexibility in low temperatures
  • Resistance to intense heat and fire
  • Ability to resist heat-induced expansion and cracking
  • Resistance to ultraviolet rays
  • Does not pollute run-off rainwater

Types Of EPDMEPDM-Rubber-Flat-Roofing-1-L&L-Contractors

Black EPDM: The most common type of EPDM, this roofing material is lauded for its UV resistance. To achieve the black color of this membrane, carbon black is added, which converts UV rays into heat.

White EPDM: White EPDM takes black EPDM’s already energy-efficient ingredients to the next level of UV resistance. The white membrane is designed to be highly reflective and environmentally friendly so that business owners will enjoy a decrease in energy costs. Unlike black EPDM, the white membrane EPDM has seen the addition of titanium dioxide, which reflects UV rays and protects the polymer. In fact, we’ve seen the installation of EPDM roofing reduce air-conditioning costs for many of our clients throughout the Nashville and Murfreesboro areas.

Ballasted, Mechanically Attached, Or Fully-Adhered Systems


Roughly 35 percent of EPDM installations use the “ballasted system,” which involves the laying of large panels (roughly 50 feet by 200 feet) over insulation. It’s a great way to provide quick coverage at a relatively low cost and is ideal for large new construction projects.

The “mechanically attached” systems use similarly large panels, but are attached using fasteners and plates.

Meanwhile the “fully-adhered” system sees that the membrane is bonded to the insulation with fasteners, plates, and adhesives.

If you have questions about what type of roof is best for your Nashville business or want to know more about EPDM rubber roofing, Contact L & L Contractors today. We offer free roofing inspections and will be happy to provide a bid to repair or replace your roof. Call us today at (615) 617-3189!

TPO® energy efficient roofing is another great choice for commercial installations. Find out more about this type of roofing when you give us a call.