You probably have heard about rubber roofing before. Most likely, you’ve thought: “There is no way that it could look good on my house!” Contrary to popular belief, a lot of homes and businesses have all rubber roofing, but you wouldn’t notice it if you were to drive by!
Basics of Rubber Roofing
Typically, rubber roofs are thought of giant rolls of rubber mats being laid down on top of a building or flat-roofed house. That has been true in the past and those roll-out roofs are still used on just that – commercial buildings and flat-roofed houses. But, did you know that you can also get rubber roof shingles? Rubber roof shingles can come in a variety of different colors, shapes, and styles so you can pick out the roof that perfectly compliments your home.
Benefits of Rubber Roofing
The benefit of rubber roofing is by far, the longevity and durability. The most common roofing material is the asphalt shingle. These shingles have a lifetime of 15 – 20 years, but require regular inspections and maintenance. Rubber roofs do not deteriorate like asphalt shingles and while more expensive than asphalt, will last 30 – 50 years. Some rubber roofing may even have a lifetime warranty! In fact, the first rubber roof installed back in 1980 is still in great working condition!
Slate v. Rubber Roofing
If you were thinking about getting a slate roof for maintenance reasons, rubber roofing “tiles” look like slate, but are much lighter and cost much less than slate rock or tiles. Rubber roofs will stand up to extreme weather conditions, “whether” it be temperatures or wind, snow and rain, rubber roofs are less likely to crack or crumble. The rubber is made out of recycled tires mixed with sawdust and slate powder, thus making it the most environmentally conscious roofing material. The rubber roofing manufacturers also ensure that the roofs are equally as fire resistant as other roofing materials.