Your roof is one of the most important parts of your home, so choosing a roofing material can be a serious consideration. In addition to traditional choices, there are some not so conventional ones – such as rubber. Some people don’t even know rubber roofing exists, much less the benefits that it has over traditional asphalt shingles. So, let’s take a look at the good, bad, and ugly of rubber roofing so you can decide if it’s the right choice for your home.
Why Should I Choose Rubber?
Rubber roofing materials are more eco-friendly than their asphalt counterparts, but the upfront cost is higher. Asphalt shingles are usually around $100 a square, while rubber roofing often goes for at least $300 to $400 a square.
In the long run the benefits of rubber roofing will be worth the extra dollars spent. Asphalt roofing usually lasts about 15 to 20 years compared to 30 to 50 years for rubber roofing. You can also repaint your rubber roofing every ten years or so to help extend its livelihood.
Rubber roofing is incredibly durable, waterproof, and weather-resistant. Even if you do have a problem with your rubber roofing, liquid rubber or a heavy duty rubber repair tape will get your roof back in shape.
How to Install Rubber Roofing
The process of installing a roll of rubber roofing is quite easy and cost efficient compared to other roofing options. You can either strip your current roof down to the plywood base, or install it on top of your current shingles. Most manufacturers won’t honor your warranty if you apply it on top of your current roof, as existing leaks could exist beneath the rubber roof.
Make sure to cut the roofing for your specific roof and keep in mind the vents, chimneys, and antennas on your home. Sweep your roof to get rid of all that dirt and debris that’s lying around. Apply the adhesive all throughout your roof, removing any air bubbles in the process, then the roofing. Once you’ve finished all your hard work, wait about half an hour for the adhesive to set. Then, do a final look over and make any adjustments that may be needed.
Rubber roofing can be installed with only a few seams, which directly translates into fewer cracks and fewer leaks down the road. Rubber material reflects the sun and heat away from your home, lowering cooling costs. It also traps heat inside during the cold winter months, keeping your home warm. It’s also fire resistant. However, there are some downsides to owning a rubber roof also.
Cons of Rubber Roofing
Price is one of the biggest cons. Rubber roofing isn’t as popular as asphalt roofing, so you might have a hard time finding a roofer that is skilled in rubber roofing. Not having your rubber roofing installed correctly can lead to problems down the road. Since rubber roofing is unlikely to crack, finding small leaks in susceptible areas may be more difficult.
Rubber roofing, despite some of its drawbacks, is a practical, easy to install option worth your consideration. The extra couple hundred dollars that you spend upfront certainly pays off in the long run.