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Single-Ply Roofing

While built-up roof (BUR) makes use of several layers of enhancing and field-applied bitumen for the waterproofing, numerous MB systems utilize simply two factory-coated sheets. EPDM goes even further, utilizing simply single layer of rubber and decreases field seaming by providing sheets in widths up to 50 feet.

Essentials of EPDM Rubber Roofing

– The polymeric element is a match of polyethylene and polypropylene with a percentage of an unsaturated diene, a monomer which contains numerous double bonds through which cross is connecting or vulcanization can occur.
– Curing agents, processing aids, and stimulants.
– Carbon black (including exceptionally great carbon particles) is contributed to work as an ultraviolet screening agent, in addition to enhancing the modulus of flexibility (enhanced tensile and tear resistance).
– Inert fillers such as limestone lower membrane expenses.
– Extending oil allows higher loading of low-priced fillers.
– Fire retardants.
– UV- or ozone-resisting ingredients.

While many EPDM sheets are intensified with carbon black, white rubber has actually been tried without much success. Presently, if a white roof is wanted, a white covering is the field used after the EPDM membrane setup is finished.

EPDM membranes might be non-reinforced, typically for ballasted systems, or they might have internal scrim support for mechanically secured systems where focused tensions are anticipated. MB sheets are 4 millimeters for cap sheets and 3.5 millimeters for base sheets.

Logistics with Rubber Roofing

If huge rolls are made use of, the primary benefit is to minimize the variety of seams that need to be formed in the field; nevertheless, these tarpaulins might weigh 1 load or more and require unique raising and transport strategies so that the deck is not strained throughout building. Huge rolls would not work on a roof where there are numerous penetrations, so narrower rolls are used.

Field Conditions

The wind can be a genuine issue, not just when dealing with the vast sheets, however likewise when adhesive is applied to the substrate. Particles can blow into the damp adhesive, forming swellings and impacting the quality of bonding to the substrate.

Solvent fumes can carry into occupied areas, leading to passenger and occupant complains. This might require turning off air-intake devices or building momentarily raised consumption ducts to prevent issues.

With loose-laid ballasted systems, short-term weight is required as work advances so that the roof does not blow or ripple off before it is even finished. For ballasted roof design, describe ANSI/SPRI file RP-4) that considers wind loading, parapet height, and so on. RP-4 is referenced in many U.S. and Canadian building regulations.

Sheets need to be set up so that side-laps of sheets run parallel to the slope or are shingled in such a style that water does not “dollar” the laps. If this can not be prevented, batten strips of rubber can be laid over the seams to include an additional procedure of security.

Experience with EPDM

As early as 1980, EPDM had recorded 40 to 45 percent of the single-ply market. The flashing product now makes use of either uncured EPDM or membrane product, changing uncured neoprene that weathered improperly.

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