Whether your home’s entire roof is flat, or you only have small sections of flat surfaces, you’ll want to equip your roof with the best materials available.

When it comes to flat roofs, there are a variety of materials to choose from including rubber membrane (EPDM), rolled adhesive fiberglass asphalt, and bitumen.

There are several pros and cons to each roofing material, and understanding the differences between each option will help you make the best choice for your home.


EPDM is perhaps one of the most popular choices among rubber roofing materials. EPDM stands for ethylene propylene diene monomer. Available in either black or white, this material is commonly used on both flat residential roofs, as well as commercial buildings.

There are several benefits to installing EPDM on your flat roof, such as:

Low Failure Rate

EPDM provides roofs with a thick, wide material that doesn’t easily tear or break. Because of its durability, you have a lower chance of paying for costly repairs as a result of leaks or material malfunction when compared to standard roofing materials.

Long Lifespan

When properly installed by a team of experienced contractors, you can expect your rubber roof to last up to 30 years.


You won't have to worry about rubber membrane roofing weighing down and deteriorating your home’s foundation. This roofing material is actually notably lighter than most common types of roofing materials such as asphalt shingles.

Wind and Fire Resistant

With EPDM roofing, you can feel confident knowing that it's enhancing your home’s safety. Rubber membrane is fire resistant and, because of its rolled out design and application, highly wind resistant.

Rolled Adhesive Fiberglass Asphalt

Another flat roofing material option is rolled adhesive fiberglass asphalt. Choosing this material will present you with several advantages. The first benefit of this material is its timeless look. Many homeowners prefer the appearance of asphalt because it can complement many exterior styles and colors.

Another advantage to this material is its high durability. The roof’s adhesive nature makes this a wind-resistant option for your flat roof. With a professional installation, you can feel confident knowing that this option will serve your home for years to come.


If you’re looking for a notably long lasting roofing option, you should consider installing bitumen on your home.

Bitumen is a type of asphalt that is usually melted together to create a strong seam against potential leaks and water damage. It’s a highly durable material that can withstand a variety of weather conditions including high winds, water, and hail.

However, unlike EPDM, it only has a black color option, making it susceptible to high UV rays. Make sure your home is equipped with strong insulation if you choose this roofing material.

Contact Your Local Flat Roof Contractor

When you’re in need of new material for your residential flat roof, contact the team at The Construction Group. We bring a commitment to five-star customer service and results to every roofing project.

We’ll work with you to help you determine the best roofing material for your home’s specific needs and requirements. Get started on your service today and call us at 651-731-5878!