When looking for a roofing material that is leak-proof and environment friendly, consider rubber. The advantages of rubber roofing over more traditional roofing materials lies in durability, energy efficiency, and the fact that it is made from recycled materials. Adding to these positive aspects is low maintenance, flexibility, and light weight.
There are two types of rubber roofing, and both carry their own specific advantages.
Whole Roof: Rubber roofs can be installed by the square, with a square often covering up to 100 square feet. They are custom made in the factory to fit to your particular house. They are a little expensive, but given the advantage of being seamless and leak proof, they are worth having. This type of roofing is especially ideal for flat roofs, as they do not have the ability to drain properly and most roofs can be covered in only two or three squares. At this time, they are carrying a life expectancy of 40+ years.
Shingled Roof: Rubber roof shingles look like traditional shingles but have the advantages of being a synthetic material. They easier to handle because they are light weight, easily transported, can be formed and shaped with simple slices of a utility knife, and can be installed with a nail gun or adhesive. Because these shingles are installed similarly to wooden or asphalt shingles, they do require the expertise of a professional roofer to ensure proper work.
Although rubber roofing materials are very durable, this type of material is not indestructible. The material will expand and contract with weather and over time can rip or tear. However, rubber roof repairs can be done by the homeowner, unlike many traditional type materials, by using a special tape or liquid rubber, much like repairing the tube of a tire.
Although rubber roofing is still a new product on the market, do consider it for your roofing project and make sure you hire a qualified roofer who is familiar with this type of product before installing.
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