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RUBBER ROOFING VERSUS SHINGLES:
Typically, the most common kind of Roof all around America are asphalt shingles. Asphalt shingles can last around 15 years and require a lot of maintenance. It is exhaustive to maintain and is expensive to have repaired. A good alternative to this common and traditional material is rubber roofing. Rubber roofing is available in rolls, sheets, and shingles; which are similar to slate in terms of color variety and design.
Rubber roofing materials are typically composed of recycled tires, slate dust, and saw dust. These are very eco-friendly solutions and are very durable. They are easy to install, aren’t likely to crack, and can withstand extreme weather conditions. The warranty for rubber roofing typically last 30 to 50 years.
Rubber shingles or rolls are so quick and easy to install that in some cases, it costs more money to repair traditional asphalt than it does to replace it with rubber roofing. The most cost effective rubber roofing solution is to install a rubber roll. Rubber rolls, like seamless gutters, have no seams and therefore are very unlikely to crack. Rubber rolls are usually installed in flat roofing but can also be put on a regular roof. You’d need to measure it perfectly and cut out spaces for chimneys, vents, and antennas before you put down the adhesive.
Rubber shingles will need to be installed like any other shingles; nailed down in overlapping rolls. Rubber shingles are more commonly used in residential homes. To install a rubber roof, your current roof will need to be stripped all the way down to its base. Fact: your warranty is void if your rubber roof is installed on top of your previous roof.
Between rolls and shingles, you save more money if you use a roll. Installation is faster and there will be no seams so repairs are definitely going to be few and far between or even non-existent.
One of the biggest benefits of rubber roofing is the little maintenance required along with its long lifespan. A number of rubber roofing systems even claim that they will never ever crack or leak if installed correctly. maintenance programs have
helped save homeowners thousands. Similarly, if you put a little effort into maintaining your rubber you will reap the benefits in a massive manner. Should you ever run into any problems with your rubber roof though, it is often a quick and easy fix. Just like all other roofing materials, rubber roofing contracts and expands as the surrounding temperatures shifts. Any cracks that may appear need to be covered with sealant or latex tape. What most roofers recommend is to coat the entire roof in liquid rubber to lessen maintenance requirements and lengthen the roofing’s lifespan.
Rubber shingles are more expensive than rolls and sheets. Rubber shingles are roughly four times more expensive than traditional asphalt shingles but are much more cost effective. On average, if you were to cover a 1200 square foot roof, the costs would reach around $2,400 – $5,000 depending on your roofer. Getting an accurate estimate though will always require an on-site inspection.
Made out of recycled materials and hailed for its durability and ease of maintenance, rubber roofing should definitely be considered when looking for roofing solutions.