Why We Prefer Carlisle EPDM Roofing Membranes Over Other Options

Posted on March 10, 2023

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Why We Prefer Carlisle EPDM Roofing Membranes Over Other Options

Choosing the right roofing material for a commercial building can be a lot of work, given the wide variety of options. However, when it comes to durability, cost, and long-term performance, not all roofing materials match the quality and versatility of Carlisle EPDM roofing membranes.

At OConnor Contracting, we’re here with a detailed blog post explaining why we prefer Carlisle EPDM membranes for commercial and industrial roofs. Whether you’re a property owner, business person, architect, or contractor, this post will give valuable insights for your next roofing project.

About EPDM Roofing Membranes

EPDM (ethylene propylene diene terpolymer) is a rubber-based membrane used in roofing applications. They’ve gained popularity over the years due to their durability, versatility, and cost-effectiveness. EPDM roofs can be a better option than other types of low-slope roofing options if your building faces extreme weather conditions. 

EPDM roofing is extremely resistant to extreme temperatures, fire, wind, and hail. This material can last between 20 to 40 years with proper maintenance, depending on where your property is located, and high-quality EPDM membranes offered by Carlisle SynTec Systems are also resistant to UV rays, ozone, and weathering.

Let’s delve into how Carlisle EPDM roofing systems differ from other products and brands.

A Glimpse At Carlisle SynTec Systems

Carlisle Companies was founded in the United States in 1917 as Carlisle Tire & Rubber Company. Carlisle SynTec Systems is their construction division, launched in the 1960s with Sure-Seal, the first EPDM membrane used in a roofing application. Since then, the company has become a leading provider of commercial roofing products, with a focus on single-ply roofing systems.

Some of Carlisle SynTec’s significant accomplishments include the following:

  • Developing the first EPDM roofing membrane in the 1960s, which has since become one of the most widely used low-slope roofing materials in the world.
  • Inventing the RapidLock roofing system, which uses a unique adhesive technology to provide faster, easier, and safer installation of roofing membranes.
  • Successfully reduced their carbon footprint by meeting green qualifications of LEED, Green Globes, and the Living Building Challenge.
  • Planted and nurtured more than 240,000 trees (and counting) through their partnership with American Forests as part of their “One Tote, One Tree” program.

Today, Carlisle SynTec continues to innovate and expand its product offerings, focusing on providing high-quality roofing systems that meet the needs of commercial and industrial customers around the world. 

Let’s learn how Carlisle EPDM roofing systems are more cost-effective and superior when compared to products from other manufacturers.

Industry’s Best EPDM Roofing: The Carlisle Difference!

This section will elaborate on the benefits of working with Carlisle’s EPDM membranes. We’ve outlined how their product can improve the roofing process and provide long-term benefits for both contractors and property owners.

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Benefits For Roofing Contractors

From easy installation to the best quality training and education, Carlisle contractors have lots of advantages when it comes to commercial roof installation, repairs, and maintenance. That’s why we choose this brand to offer smooth and consistent results to our clients.  

Smooth Installation

Carlisle’s EPDM roofing membranes utilize better installation techniques and methods to reduce installation time and effort for roofing contractors. This results in reasonable labor costs for our customers. The company trains and offers us the benefit of using their exclusive and efficient methods to work with EPDM and other products.

High-Quality Training & Education

Carlisle provides C.R.E.W. (Continuing Roofing Education & Workshops), which includes specialized training and education for roofing contractors to ensure we have the skills and knowledge necessary to provide flawless service and 100% customer satisfaction. A Carlisle Certified Applicator is an elite roofing contractor trained and certified by the company to offer unmatched roofing services.

Rewards and Recognitions

One of their best ways to praise and reward distinguished roofing contractors is through their Applicator Incentive Programs, such as Excellence in Single-Ply award, Perfection Award and Council, and FleeceBACK® Champions.

Benefits For Property Owners

If you are a property manager, owner, or architect, you can enjoy numerous benefits from Carlisle SynTec Systems. Here are the advantages this leading manufacturer has in store for you with their products:


The average lifespan of EPDM roofs is around 20 to 30 years, and Carlisle EPDM roofing systems are here to help you get the best out of your roof. Their EPDM roofs last longer than those of other companies. Plus, their sturdy technology reduces the need for frequent repairs and replacement, saving property owners a significant amount of money over time.

Energy Efficiency

Carlisle EPDM membranes have excellent insulation and ventilation technology which helps reduce your heating and cooling bills for the building. This also helps reduce your company’s carbon footprint, a critical consideration for your corporate social responsibility index and the environment.

Weather & Impact Resistance

Carlisle EPDM membranes are incredibly resistant to damage from hail and other environmental factors. This makes these membranes reliable for buildings in storm and hail-prone areas.


Carlisle offers comprehensive warranties starting from 5 years, all the way up to 30 years. They also have a unique Continu-Care Preventative Maintenance Program that extends a roofing product’s warranty by five years. Such protection gives property owners peace of mind knowing they are protected against material defects and installation errors. This warranty can also help increase your property’s value if you ever put it on the market.

Insurance Claim Benefits

Since Carlisle EPDM roofing systems are highly resistant and durable, insurance companies find it easier to verify and approve a roof damage insurance claim. Using top-quality products and contractors helps you receive adequate compensation for the damage that is not caused by poor roofing or lack of maintenance.

Note that most extended warranties are only applicable when you hire a Carlisle Certified Applicator and choose a complete roofing system. They also offer different types of EPDM membranes. While the experts will surely choose the right membrane for you, it’s better to be familiar with the options available.

Carlisle EPDM Roofing Membranes: Which One Should You Use?

Based on different weather conditions and business activities, Carlisle has invented four types of EPDM roofing membranes. You can also discuss your options with your contractor to choose the most suitable membrane.

  • EPDM Sure-Seal is designed for long-term performance and offers superior weather resistance through its thick and tough material.
  • EPDM Sure-Tough EPDM roofing membrane is perfect for high-traffic areas and is resistant to punctures, tears, and abrasions. This product is ideal for roofs that will be exposed to foot traffic or other hazards like chemicals and tools.
  • EPDM Sure-White is a reflective roofing option that’s best for warm to sunny areas. This product helps reduce energy costs by reflecting the sun’s rays off the roof, which keeps the building cooler and reduces the need for air conditioning.
  • EPDM FleeceBACK is an excellent option for hail-prone areas as it has enhanced puncture resistance and hail protection. The fleece backing provides added strength and durability, so the product is suitable for a variety of locations and buildings.

Along with the type of product and installation method, there are many other factors that affect a roofing system and budget. If you need help installing or maintaining your commercial roofing system in New York, we can help you.

Free Consultations & Estimates On EPDM & Other Commercial Roofing Systems

At OConnor Contracting, we’re proud to be one of the most reliable and experienced roofing contractors in Western New York. With years of expertise in the roofing industry, we’ve installed and maintained numerous commercial roofs using top-quality products and technologies, including Carlisle EPDM roofing membranes.

Call us at (716)-600-7663 for a free consultation and estimate on your EPDM roofing project. Whether it’s an installation, repair, or maintenance, you can reach out to us for general guidance or more information about our services.

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