What You Need To Know About Rubber Roofs And
How They Work
Unless you are a home repair enthusiasts (rare), roof repair is the last thing any homeowner would want to do. A leaky roof is usually among the first signs of a problem, which calls for immediate action. Failure to have the roof repaired on time leads to damage on both the structure of the roof, as well as other items in the house. Aside from a leaky roof, most roofing materials and especially asphalt only have a lifespan of around 20 years. They also call for lots of maintenance by and upkeep to stay in the best shape possible.
If you’ve tried all other roofing options or looking for an alternative for the same, maybe it is time to try calling a certified rubber roofing contractor in Flower Mound, TX. Rubber roofing doesn’t, however, entail stretching a good number of Goodyear Treads over your roof. Rubber roofing comes in the form of a sheet for flat roofs, as well as rubber shingles that have an almost similar look like slate shingles. These come in various designs and colors as well.
Among other benefits, rubber roofing materials are considered eco-friendly. This is because the shingles and rolls are made from recycled tires, slate rust and sawdust. It’s however worth noting that, rubber roofing shingles are slightly more expensive when compared to asphalt shingles. Rubber roofs however last a lot longer than asphalt shingles and can also withstand harsh weather conditioners comfortably. It is also worth noting that rubber shingles cost a lot less than slate shingles. They are also much lighter and cheaper, factors most homeowners adore. Both rubber and slate shingles have the same fire rating. Unlike other roofing materials in the market, rubber roofing materials are among the longest lasting while requiring very little to no maintenance. Most rubber roof manufacturers offer warranties of between 30 and 50 years for their roof, with some carrying lifetime warranty. The first rubber roof was installed in a Wisconsin home in the 1980s and is holding strong to this day.
Installing Rubber Roofs
Installing rubber roofs is easier and much quicker when compared to installing/repairing slate/asphalt shingles. Most homeowners prefer installing a large roll of the rubber roof on their homes for it is cost-effective and considerably faster. With no seams on the rubber roof, chances of cracking or even leaks are reduced significantly. As mentioned earlier, rubber shingles are more expensive than slate shingles. They also need to be nailed down in (overlapping) rows – the same way you would with other types of shingles. Aside from the cost, rubber shingles are considerably much lighter. This makes shipping and even moving the shingles to the roof manageable.
You could also use rubber shingles together with the flat rubber roof if looking to improve the roof’s appearance. The shingles will be nailed down in rows to provide the desired look and feel. A sealant or latex tape will be required to cover any seams.
Care And Maintenance
As mentioned earlier, rubber roofs can last for more than 30 years and require very little maintenance. Many manufacturers claim their rubber roofing materials will never leak or crack if installed correctly. The quality of the roofing material and installations done do come in play when it comes to maintenance of a rubber roof and how long it will last.
Fixing an issue with the rubber roof is relatively easy too. The issue might be due to poor installation or the rubber having broken down. Rubber, like any other roofing material, expands and contract depending on the temperature. All you need to mend cracks and leaks is a sealant or latex tape. If a part of the roof is wrought with cracks, you can then patch it up with a small roll of rubber roofing.
The advantages and facts outlined above should give you an idea of what to expect from a rubber roof. If this is your choice roofing material, consider hiring a certified contractor to handle the installations. Simple roof designs such as a flat roof are easy to install and take very little time to complete.