Shrinkage of EPDM roof membranes: phenomenon, causes, prevention and remediation

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ConferenceBuilding Better Roofs : IRC Technical Seminar: 01 September 1996, 11 cities across Canada
Pages90110; # of pages: 21
Subjectroofs, roofing; Roofs
AbstractThis paper reports on the problem of EPDM membrane shrinkage. Evaluations included NRCA's Project Pinpoint, shrinkage survey data and field research. Also, to further understand the phenomenon, which typically is not catastrophic, three sets of membrane samples were obtained and analyzed: control samples of new EPDM sheets, samples from roofs that exhibited moderate to severe shrinkage problems, and samples from roofs that had no noticeable problems. Evaluation included measuring the glass-transition temperature (as measured by dynamic mechanical analysis), changes in chemical composition (using thermogravimetry), tensile strength and elongation tests, as well as thermally-induced load tests. Generally, the membrane composition and properties were found to not change sufficiently to cause excessive shrinkage. The paper presents conclusions and recommendations for existing roofs, reroofing and new construction.
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AffiliationNRC Institute for Research in Construction; National Research Council Canada
NoteAussi disponible en français: Retrait des membranes de couverture en EPDM: phénomène, causes, mesures préventives ou correctives
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NRC number40627-6
NPARC number20377832
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