When you think about rubber roofing, you probably don't even consider it being used on a residential home with a sloped roof. In years past, rubber roofing was typically used on commercial and flat-roof buildings. Today, rubber shingles are being produced to look much like the standard asphalt shingle, without the downfalls of the product. Below, you will learn a little bit about both rolled and shingle rubber roofing to help you determine if this product could be right for your home.
Types of Rubber Roofing
Rolled Rubber Roofing – Used to cover flat-surface roofing. The rubber is rolled over the surface and then covered with gravel to reduce the heat that the roofing absorbs. Years ago, you could only find rolls of rubber roofing that was black, but today, it is being made in lighter shades to help reduce the heat absorption into the structure without the weight and hassle of gravel being laid on top of it.
Rubber Shingles – Installed on pitched roofing. Standing on the ground below the home, you wouldn't even be able to tell that the rubber shingles on the roof weren't made of asphalt. This gives the homeowner an option to maintain a traditional look without the using the less-efficient asphalt shingles.
Benefits of Rubber Roofing
Cost – Rubber roofing isn't substantially cheaper than asphalt shingles, but the extended life and limited maintenance work needed makes it a much more affordable option. Rubber roofing costs between $2.50 and $4.50 a square foot. Cost of an asphalt shingle roof is $1 to $4 a square foot.
Durability – Rubber roofing is much more durable than traditional asphalt shingles. It can withstand the abuse of snow, ice, rain, hail and wind much better than any asphalt roof. The rubber shingles aren't covered with the gritty substance to protect your home. When that gritty substance is blown or washed off of your roofing, the home is exposed to all of the moisture it is meant to keep out.
Maintenance – Rubber roofing is so easy to maintain. If a shingle does become damaged, there is no need to go through all of the work of removing it and replacing it. Instead, you can purchase a repair kit that has everything in it that you need to make quick repairs. In many cases, rubber sealant is all that is needed to repair any damage that the shingle may sustain during the worst of storms.
Lifespan – The average lifespan of an asphalt roof is 15-20 years. Rubber roofing shingles are expected to last in the range of 30 to 50 years.
Talk with your roofing contractor, such as at R T Weatherproofing & Decking Inc, to learn more about your options and become educated about the materials that can be used to keep your home safe and dry in the best possible way.