Rubber roofs are not just for RVs and flat-roofed commercial buildings anymore-- they are competitive option for residential homes. You've probably considered slate, metal, wooden shakes, or asphalt when you've looked at roofing materials for your home. But rubber should also be included in your research, as there are few advantages that this newer material can offer when it comes to residential roofing needs. Read more below.
Rubber shingles are an environmentally friendly choice.
If you're concerned about the environmental impact of asphalt shingles or about using trees for wooden shingles, rubber may be the solution. Most rubber shingles are made from recycled trees, and even have sawdust and slate dust worked in to improve their appearance and their durability. Because sawdust and slate dust are by-products of the production of other materials, it helps turn waste into something useful for your home.
You'll also be happy to know that you'll be paying less for cooling in the summer, as rubber roofs are designed to reflect heat instead of absorb it. You'll use less resources while still staying at a comfortable temperature indoors.
Rubber shingles are great for areas with unpredictable weather.
Have you ever worried how your roof would hold up in very windy condition, or if it might be damaged in a hailstorm? Rubber roofs, fortunately, are more flexible and resilient than a traditional asphalt roof, and so they are often better for homes that could be exposed to extreme weather conditions. They are also a great choice if you live in an area that has very hot summers and cold winters, as rubber shingles are not damaged as easily by exposure-- unlike asphalt, which can curl or crumble over time as they become fatigued from temperature changes.
Rubber shingles are lighter than more upscale options.
Rubber shingles can be dyed and made to look like slate or tile singles, but because rubber is lighter than clay or natural stone, the roof will not weigh as much; many roofs need to be reinforced in order to support the weight. The lightness is also helpful when it comes to installation-- the shingles are easier to haul and install, which can save you money with your roofing company.
Rubber shingles are often more watertight than other options.
Rubber roofing comes in two forms: rolled rubber material and individual shingles. The individual shingles are installed similarly to asphalt shingles, as they need to be overlapped and nailed in place. The rolled kind have very few seems and can be almost completely water resistant once the seams are sealed-- which is why the rolled type is popular for flatter roofs.
However, if you want the look of individual shingles and the protection of rolled rubber, you can have both installed on your house. The rolled rubber is installed first with the shingles over top, and then all the gaps and holes are sealed with latex. If you live in a wet area or have trouble with snow melting and leaking into your home, replacing your current roof with rubber is a great option.
Rubber roofs are fire resistant.
One of the main reason why slate tile roofs are popular is because they offer great fire protection, especially in dry, hot climate. However, rubber roofs offer a comparable level of fire resistance as well. In fact, it is one of the few synthetic roof materials that has a Class A fire rating. With a fire rating like that, you could see some savings in your home insurance.
Rubber roofs are a great option for many homeowners to consider. Talk to a roofing company in your area about whether rubber would be the right choice for you.