For quite some time the rubber roofing contractors on Flower Mound, TX has been aware of the disadvantages that come with traditional asphalt shingles being used on a low-pitch or flat roofs. Shingles need some help from gravity in order to make a seal against leaks, and with a flatter roof, the influence of gravity isn’t great enough in order to do an effective job. In order to make a more impenetrable seal and reduce leaks, roofing materials have been created by manufacturers that are made out of PVC plastic or rubber, with both of them being called rubber roofing quite often.
Rubber Roof Benefits
Synthetic single-ply membrane rubber roofing is perfect to use on top of flat or low-sloping roofs since it is waterproof, pliable and durable. Whether they are made out of plastic polymers or from synthetic rubber polymers, a rubber roof is designed to be used in places that asphalt shingles don’t do well in.
Single-ply synthetic roofing systems are not the least expensive way to re-roof a house in the short term (usually roof material is measured by the square, and that translates into 100 square feet. Normally, rubber roofing will cost around $300 to $400 per square. Usually, asphalt shingles cost less than $100 per square). However, rubber roofs are able to last twice as long compared to other roofing types and save on energy bills, so over the long run can save you both money and time.
Rubber roofing is usually installed on top of existing shingles. Also, a foam layer may be applied on top of an existing roof (without needing to tear it off), and that will work as insulation as well. The whole surface is then covered with the waterproof membrane. That will save on high labor costs and time by reducing how much preparation s necessary for installing your new roof. It reflects the sun and heat away from the roof as well, which helps you save even more on your cooling expenses.
SPF Roofing vs. Rubber Roofing
Rubber roofing is not the same thing as SPF or Sprayed Polyurethane Foam, which gets sprayed as a liquid on the roof. SPF roofing has to be recoated on a regular basis and may tear when flying debris or tree limbs scrape against it. SPF roofs also have a tendency to attract creatures such as squirrels and birds that may bury their acorns in the roof which can cause leaks.
Rubber Roof Alternatives
If you have a leaking metal roof and are thinking about replacing it with a rubber one, then an alternative solution may be to cover the roof with an insulating foam layer and then re-roofing it with a new metal roof. In terms of price, metal roofing can vary greatly. However, depending on your specific situation, it may cost more than a rubber roof. The most economical way at times is to reseal metal roofs is applying a soybean-based coating that has fiberglass webbing.
You can also use conventional composition roofing on low-pitch houses. Water runs off houses with flatter roofs at a slower rate compared to a steeper pitch roof where wind can blow water back under the shingles. Therefore, both roofing materials and tar paper must be applied in a different way in order to prevent leaks.