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Advantages of Using Rubber for Your House Roof
by William Hayes on Aug 25, 2014
If you are looking for a roofing material that will result in the least amount of maintenance and will offer you protection you can count on, you might want to consider using rubber roofing. This type of roofing material comes in a roll for buildings with flat roofs and it also comes in rubber shingles, which mimic the look of slate shingles and come in a wide variety of colours.
So what are the benefits to using this type of roofing material? There are a lot of advantages of rubber roofing has to offer, which is why this material is becoming even more popular as an option for homeowners.
Here are some of the main advantages:
It is More Eco-Friendly
One of the advantages to using rubber roofing materials is that the shingles or rolls are made from eco-friendly materials such as recycled tires, slate dust and saw dust. This makes them much better for the environment than other roofing materials. When you build your roof with these tires, you are ensuring that recycled materials are being reused rather than wasted.
Your Roof Will be Low Maintenance
Rubber roofing shingles are much easier to maintain than traditional roofing shingles. Even in the event that they tear and fall off, you can easily fix them with a liquid rubber sealant – making most repair jobs fast and inexpensive. This will save you a lot of money over the years, not to mention the hassle of repairing your roof. Who wouldn’t love having one less chore around the house to do?
Rubber Has Excellent Waterproof Properties
It is possible to cover your entire roofing area with one sheet of EPDM rubber roofing, which will mean that there are no seams – further improving the waterproof capabilities of this material. Even when it is installed with a seam, it is essentially waterproof and if a leak does develop in the material it can be repaired quickly, easily and cheaply just like the rubber roofing.
Rubber is Easy to Install
Installing rubber roofing shingles is a lot less difficult than you might think; it is similar to a wooden or asphalt product. All you will need to do is to cut the rubber shingles to fit into the appropriate space on your roof. The rubber roofing material is very dependable and it will not break if you are walking around on it during the installation process. Also rubber roofing shingles are light weight which makes them easier to transport and install.
Rubber Roofing is Durable
Rubber roofing shingles will not only be a cheaper option, but they will also last a lot longer because they are so durable. These types of shingles will have a lifetime of around 30 years, although some roofs can last up to 50 years!
Once you install these sturdy, flexible and strong shingles you will not need to change them for the next three decades. This will not only save you a lot of money and hassle, it will give you peace of mind knowing that your rubber roofing is hardy and long lasting and can stand up to several decades of rain and weather.
This Type of Roofing is Cost Effective
Rubber roofing shingles are not necessarily the cheapest option but they are the most cost effective. This is because they will last a lot longer than other materials so you will not need to replace them as often. Also you will not have to have as many maintenance expenses which will also save you money in the long term. Another advantage is that you will not have the risk of your roof being destroyed by pests, which will also bring down your overall expenses.
Rubber Roofing is Fire Safe
Did you know that EPDM rubber roofing is fire resistant? This material is almost impossible to ignite and it will actually impede the progress of a fire. This type of roofing will help to keep your home safe from fire and will slow down a fire if one is to occur. This is an advantage that is very important for the safety of your home and your loved ones.
When you build a roof with high quality rubber materials you can rest assured that it will keep your home safe, secure and protected for the next few decades with minimal maintenance costs. After all, it’s important to have a good roof over your head!
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