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What Is EPDM Roofing?

EPDM Roofing


EPDM (ethylene propylene diene terpolymer) is a synthetic rubber roofing membrane that has been around for nearly 40 years. EPDM is a black rubber roofing system that is very similar to tire tube membrane, however it is much thicker and typically reinforced with polyester to enhance its durability and resistance to cracks and punctures. EPDM consists of two primary ingredients including ethylene and propellent which are derived from oil and natural gas. It can either be installed fully adhered, mechanically attached or ballasted, and its seams are sealed with a liquid adhesive or tape.


Benefits of EPDM

Warm-Roof-Construction-EPDMEnvironmental Responsiveness- 

EPDM is one of roofings most sustainable and environmental materials used today. It has low life cycle costs as well as low impact on our environment. The production of EPDM has a low energy number and several components were created for use with the membrane to reduce VOC (volatile organic compounds) emissions during installation of the roofing system. EPDM is also one of the worlds most recyclable low-slope roofing products which in turn minimizes the impact on landfills, and overall our environment.

Economic Value- 

Not only does EPDM have a low cost per square foot, when used in white its surface has a high emissivity which allows energy to be reflected back into the atmosphere rather than absorbed into the building. Therefore the building can “cool” off quicker therefore reducing heat and energy costs.

Overall System Benefits-

  •  Cyclical membrane fatigue resistance
  • Hail resistance
  • Resistance to ozone, weathering and abrasion
  • Low temperature flexibility
  • Thermal shock durability
  • UV radiation resistance




Ballasted EPDM









Ballasted EPDM is a roofing system whose components are held into place by river-washed stones or pavers. They are loose laid, which means that their insulation as well as the roofing membrane are not fastened to each other or to the roof deck. The sheets of EPDM are spliced together, and both the membrane and insulation are held down by a minimum of 10lbs of ballast per square foot. This roofing system has been popular choice because it has low life cycle costs, and quick and economical insulation .


Find A Reliable Roofing Contractor

If you are in the Puget Sound region of Washington State and are in need of roofing services contact Chase Construction North West, Inc. today. We are Master™ certified contractor through GAF. We have been providing our region with expert commercial and residential roofing services for over 13 years. We provide services in Seattle, Tacoma, Federal Way, Renton, Auburn and all of the surrounding cities.

Fill out our free estimate form or call us today at 253-445-8950. You can also visit  and look for GAF Factory Certified Roofing Contractors in your area.

Tips And Tricks To Enhance Your Home’s Curb Appeal.

 We have the tips and the shingle for you!


When it comes to one’s home, there are several aspects that can help to enhance its aesthetics. Having a beautiful and well maintained roof will not only enhance curb appeal, but it will help to increase your homes value. According to Better Homes and Gardens, “Your roof can account for 40% of a homes curb appeal.” When taking on a new roofing project, ensure you have a desired perception of what you want your home to look like. In order to have a successful exterior look on your house, you must choose a color combination (of the house, and the roof) that will both accentuate and compliment one another. This article will be featuring GAF’s Grand Sequoia® shingle. Before we list the features of their shingle, here are some simple suggestions for making the best shingle selection, provided by GAF, North America’s largest roofing manufacturer, you can also check out our Asphalt Roofing Shingle Comparison Guide for further help.

  How do I choose a shingle?


▪ Observe how much of your roof is visible from the street or common view.   A larger roof looks best in neutral tones. If the roof angle is normal or slight, you can use more colorful shingles or interesting patterns.

▪ Use colors in the same color family as the body of your house for a simple, non-accented combination.
An example is a gray roof on a gray house, whether light or dark gray. Trim in white or black will keep it understated.

▪ Use bright or more colorful colors to make a design statement.
For example, a green roof on a red brick house or a red roof on a gray house.

▪ Avoid using a heavily patterned roof on a home with several different colors in a brick or stone pattern.
This will appear too “busy”.

▪ And remember, follow your instinct.
Choose the color and style that make you comfortable. After all, you’re the one looking at it every time you come home!

—Patricia Verlodt

 Other factors to take into consideration…



Not only is color an important factor when choosing a shingle for your home, style is something homeowners must take into consideration as well, here are few tips from GAF:

▪ Don’t compromise style for function.
Most homeowners have two roofs in mind—the “dream”roof that fulfills their desire for a specific look, and the “practical” roof that is durable and cost-efficient. GAF’s state-of-the-art shingles satisfy both the heart and the head, offering a variety of colors and styles while providing peace of mind with a Lifetime ltd.warranty.

▪ Choose a shingle that complements your home’s architectural style.
For example, for a Colonial home, select a shingle with a clean line that complements the home’s design. A Victorian house could take on a more colorful or complex design.

▪ The use of colors and textures can create a comfortable feel for your residence.
For example, if focusing on the exterior of a Shingle Style home, adding color and textured design elements make the home much more approachable.

GAF provides homeowners with several shingle options to choose from when re-roofing their home. The shingle we are featuring is the GAF Grand Sequoia® shingle

GAF Grand Sequoia® Shingle Features



  •  Affordable Luxury…

GAF Lifetime Designer shingles are only a fraction of the cost of traditional slate, wood shakes, or expensive metal roofing

  • Sophisticated Designs…

Artisan-crafted shapes combined with oversized tabs and dimensional designs results in a sophisticated beauty unmatched by typical shingles

  • Natural Color Palettes…

Specifically formulated color palettes are designed to accentuate each shingle’s natural appeal

  • Safer

Class A fire rating from Underwriters Laboratories, the highest rating possible.

  • High Performance

Designed with Advanced Protection® Technology, which minimizes the use of

natural resources while providing superior protection for your home

  • Stays In Place

Dura Grip™ Adhesive seals each shingle tightly and reduces the risk of shingle blow-off. Shingles warranted to withstand winds up to 130 mph.

  • Peace Of Mind

Lifetime ltd. transferable warranty with Smart Choice® Protection (non-prorated material and installation labor coverage) for the first ten years.

 Ready For Your GAF Grand Sequioa® Roof?


GAF provides a wide arrange of shingle options for homeowners looking to re-roof or repair their houses. The designer series including Grand Sequioa® have features that stand out amongst GAF’s competitors, to not only enhance your homes curb appeal, but increase its value as well!  Chase NW Roofing is factory trained and certified with GAF, IKO, Versico and Custom-Bilt Metals to install almost every roofing application. We specialize in composition shingles, torchdown, single ply, metal roofing, wood shakes, slate and concrete tile. We have been providing quality re-roofs in the North West for over a decade you are planning to re-roof your house, or need an inspection give us a call at 253-445-8950, or fill out our free estimate form 

GAF Habitat for Humanity – Community Contractor Program

Get Involved In YOUR Community!


Habitat for Humanity International was founded over 34 years ago by Linda and Millard Fuller in a small community called Koinonia Farm in Georgia, USA. In 1968 the Koinonia community began to build homes and sell them to families who were in need at no profit and no interest. This in turn lead to what we know today as Habitat for Humanity.

Today Habitat for Humanity has built over 400,000 houses and shelters more than 2 million people in more than 5 continents and 3,000 communities world wide.

GAF and Habitat for Humanity have teamed together to develop a program that benefits both the community and the contractor who participate in the program.


How the Program Works

  • Habitat for Humanity builds and renovates houses with families in need of affordable housing
  • GAF provides roofing materials
  • GAF Master Certified™ and MasterElite™ contractors provide labor
  • Contractors will be recognized for their contribution and may present themselves as “local partners” in the GAF Habitat for Humanity Community Contractor Program
  • GAF donates a System Plus ltd. warranty for each new roof installed under this program



Chase Construction North West Inc GAF Habitat for Humanity


There are three ways to earn your certification…

  • Install roofing on two new Habitat For Humanity homes per year OR
  • Install one re-roofing project per year that includes a tear-off OR
  • Donate labor on two non-roofing projects per year (only when roofing is not needed locally)



Chase Construction NW, Inc. Joins the Community Contractor Program

Every year Chase has the opportunity to partner with Habitat for Humanity to provide a local family in need with a new roof. This album features our crew and the outstanding community service they provided in installing a new GAF roofing system near Tacoma, WA.


For further information on joining the GAF Habitat for Humanity Community Contractor Program contact: Andy Varyu 206-866-7599 (

“Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.”