Homeowners that want a durable and long-lasting option for their home may want to learn more about rubber roofs. The material can withstand the elements and normal wear and tear. Rubber roofing materials are not only for flat roofs but can work with nearly any style of home. The flexibility of the rubber product makes it a convenient option for complex roof shapes.
Attractive Finished Appearance
Commercial buildings with flat roofs often have a poured rubber surface, but residential homes have other options to consider. Rolls of rubber roofing provide excellent protection against leaks. The rolls, however, do not appeal to all homeowners. Most people may want rubber shingles instead for a more traditional look.
The finished appearance of a roof with rubber shingles looks remarkably like one with asphalt shingles. The installation process also works about the same as asphalt. Rubber shingles also come in a few colors so homeowners can choose the shade that best compliments their home.
Durable for Years
Rubber shingles usually last much longer than other roofing materials. Rubber has an average lifespan of about 30 years, and some roofs will last for 50 years. Many brands come with a 30-year warranty from the manufacturer.
Proper installation prevents cracks and leaks, and any problems that may arise over time are typically easy to repair with a liquid rubber sealant. Proper care, like cleaning occasionally and only using sealants designed for use with rubber, will help the shingles to last longer and stay looking their best.
Rubber roofing materials can withstand the rays of the sun and extreme temperatures. The thermal shock tolerance of the material makes it possible for the roof to endure projectiles like hail without damage. Mold growth, a possible issue with rubber shingles, is easily resolved through regular cleaning.
Affordable Roofing Option
Rubber shingles often cost more to buy than asphalt shingles, but the initial investment in the material can save money in many other ways. The energy efficiency of rubber can help to lower heating and cooling costs. The durability of the roof reduces repair and replacement expenses. The ease of maintenance makes the upkeep of the roof inexpensive.
The installation of rubber may also cost less than other roofing systems. Rubber shingles weigh less than most roofing materials, so it is safe to install them over an old roof when other products would add too much weight. The ability to apply them over other roofing systems lowers the labor cost compared to a roof that needs the removal of the old shingles.
Lightweight rubber shingles are also easier to transport because of their lower weight. Lighter material costs can lower shipping and delivery charges. The effort to unload the shingles and move them to the roof is also easier. The time saved could result in fewer installation hours when a roof replacement takes place.
Smart Environmental Option
Manufacturers use recycled material, like tires, to create durable rubber roofing. Recycling the shingles when they reach the end of their life cycle also helps to protect the environment. The energy efficiency improvement the shingles provide also adds to their earth-friendly reputation.
Rainwater harvesters that use the water on their garden may also prefer rubber shingles over asphalt. Some types of asphalt can leach chemicals into the water. Materials like asphalt, wood, and clay can also cause more water loss (water left on the roof to evaporate) than rubber.
Homeowners that need to replace an existing roof will have many options to choose from. Consider the advantages of rubber roofing when planning your project. At D.S. Bahr Construction, Inc., we can answer any questions you may have about roofing materials. Contact us to schedule an inspection or for a quote.