When Rubber Roofing Is Better Than Asphalt Shingles

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If you're in the process of making improvements to the roof of your home or business, you may have stumbled across the option of rubber roofing. Many homeowners tend to default to a more traditional choice like asphalt shingles, but this may not automatically be the best option. Here are five situations in which a rubber roof is the better choice for you.

You Have a Flat Roof

If your roof is flat or almost flat (low sloped), rubber roofing is better than asphalt shingles, and here's why.

In order to create a water-tight seal on your roof, a little help from gravity is needed. In other words, it needs to have enough of a slant so that rainwater easily slides off. If it doesn't, the rainwater will sit in the lowest parts, remaining trapped inside of any little dip or imperfection.

Now add even more mother nature to the mix, like rain combined with freezing temperatures. Any water that sits inside of the lowest points of the shingles will freeze. As the temperatures rise, the water thaws, so you've got this shrinking and expansion going on in your roof, leading to cracks and other weak spots. Before you know it, you've got multiple leaks in need of quick repair.

Rubber roofing is waterproof, and it can be installed as a long sheet on a flat roof, so you don't have all the overlapping pieces like you get with shingles. This helps repel water and prevent leaks.

You Want Easy Installation

Are you looking for a project that will require minimum in the blood, sweat, and tears department?

Rubber roofs can be installed as a roll or as individual shingles. If you opt for the roll, you're looking at not only easier but also faster installation than what can be expected with asphalt shingles. And when they go on faster, this can cut costs drastically, particularly if you're being charged by the hour.

Rubber roofing is also lighter in weight than shingles, making the work less exhausting.

Durability Is a Priority

Want a roof that will last? Rubber roofs are generally expected to last up to 50 years, whereas asphalt only about 15-20 years. And because of their composition, they are incredibly resistant to damage from storms, hail, sleet, and flying debris. They hold up to extreme fluctuations in temperature, resisting changes that occur in other types of roofing like cracking, bending, rusting, peeling, and punctures.

Rubber doesn't easily succumb to damage from sunlight, whereas standard asphalt shingles give in to heat and radiation from the sun by warping, cracking, and rotting.

You Need an Eco-Friendly Roof

It might seem counterintuitive, but rubber roofing material is actually more eco-friendly than asphalt shingles. It's constructed of ground up recycled tires, slate dust, and saw dust. So instead of all those no-good tires being dumped in a landfill with the rest of the garbage, they're being put to good use, and in a way that will last up to 50 years. Once that roof needs to be replaced, the rubber can be recycled and used once again.

Asphalt shingles are made up of organic matter, fiberglass, and asphalt. But the key difference here is when those shingles come off they end up going straight to the garbage dumps. Unfortunately, there aren't really any recycling programs for asphalt shingles, resulting in millions of tons of waste ending up in the landfills.

Utility Savings Is a Must

If you want a roof that can help you save money on your fuel bill, look no further than rubber. Certain types of rubber roofs can have a white coating applied, making them "cool." This means that they reflect solar heat back into the atmosphere, resulting in your home staying cooler in the summer. This can save you an average of 7-15% on what it costs to cool your home.

Additionally, during the installation process a layer of foam can be applied over your existing shingles and under the new rubber roof. This serves as extra insulation and is incredibly beneficial year-round. Contact roofing professionals like Central States Roofing for price quotes.