Rubber Roofing – Benefits and Alternatives
As mentioned in this article, rubber roofing is a product created by the roofing industry as an alternative to the infamous asphalt shingles. Asphalt shingles require help from gravity to form a seal against leaks, but with flatter roofs, this has been a problem, which is why rubber roofing was developed.
Benefits of Rubber Roofs
- Low-slope or flat roofs – as mentioned initially, rubber roofing is best used for low-slope to flat roofs since it is durable, pliable and waterproof. Rubber roofs are also designed to perform better compared with asphalt shingles on these types of roofs.
- Duration – although the rubber roof is more expensive compared to asphalt shingles, it can last twice as long as the other roofing types.
- Savings – Rubber roofing saves time and high labor costs by reducing the installation time of your new roof. It also reflects heat and sun away from the roof, thus, decreasing cooling costs.
Rubber Roofing vs. SPF Roofing
Unlike rubber roofing, SPF (Sprayed Polyurethane Foam) is just sprayed into the roof as a liquid and needs to recoated regularly. It can also be torn easily when scraped by tree limbs and flying debris aside from being susceptible to birds and squirrels.
Alternatives to Rubber Roofs
If you intend to replace your current roofing to that of rubber roofing, make sure to discuss this first with your contractor so you can be aware of the implications of this change and how to go about re-roofing moving forward.