Rubber Roofing – A Buyer’s Guide
The advantages of buying a rubber roof for your home are not always apparent. To many of those do-it-yourself types, rubber roofing seems to be the way forward. Is it really true that one day in the future every home will have some form of rubber roofing? It wouldn’t surprise us, the material is being used with such regularity on new-build homes that we would be forgiven for thinking this is the only type of roof that will be in existence in 40 years from now.
Most of us, however, are very much unaware that we even have a rubber roof above our heads. But there is something that makes the rubber roof special. After all, it has many qualities and benefits which make this the roofing material of choice for many part-time builders, amateur do-it-yourself merchants and those in simple need of a roof repair.
Saving energy is one thing we all look to achieve when building, repairing or constructing any part of our home. Rubber certainly fits into this method of thinking, but did you know there are actually two types of rubber roofing: each one requires a different type of material (albeit rubber).
Rubber shingle roofing are easy to install and the lighter of the two types. This is the rubber roofing of choice if you are a novice or amateur building enthusiast. When you look at a rubber shingle roof, it actually looks like a normal shingle roof, but it’s not.
A rubber shingle roof is lighter than a normal shingled roof, yet still possesses all the benefits of a rolled rubber roofing sheet. If you have a flat roof, such as a garage or a shed, rolled rubber roofing is ideal. It literally is one sheet of rubber cut and measured to size so that it overhangs for sealing.
What you need to understand is that a flat roof is going to get wet, frosty, cold, iced over and warmed by the sun – several times per year. Rubber sheeting is durable, strong and can handle these elements beautifully.
Lower maintenance costs over time will make this option the most cost-effective, but it is slightly more challenging to erect than a shingle rubber roof. Initial costs are higher but you’ll reap the rewards later when your roof repair costs will be much lower.