When the Rubber Meets the Roof

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Published on July 28, 2010 with No Comments

Rubber RoofingFrom gloves, tires and hoses, to balloons, boots and, of course, the omnipresent rubber band, today rubber is used in everything from household goods to industrial products. One use of rubber that is increasing in popularity is rubber roofing. The benefits and discernible characteristics of rubber roofing are the reasons for its rise and success in today’s market.
A few appealing qualities of rubber roofs are their durability, energy efficiency and environmental friendliness, as well as the fact that they are lightweight, weatherproof, require low maintenance and provide great insulation.

One option for people interested in rubber roofing is the whole roof system where an entire roof is covered with a large rolled rubber-roofing piece. Since this method leaves no seams, there is no chance for leaks, but while this method is ideal for homeowners with flat roofs, it could be a little more expensive than the second rubber roofing option, rubber roof shingles.

These shingles resemble traditional roofing shingles, but they are a fraction of the cost and their light weight allows for an easier time getting the product from the store to the home and getting it from the ground to the roof. While they are easier to handle and can be cut with a utility knife, as with traditional shingles, rubber roofs should be installed by a professional roofer.

Rubber roof shingles are extremely durable and also especially resistant to hail and fire. For this reason they are often backed by a 30- or sometimes even a 50-year guarantee.

Rubber roof shingles have received an “A” fire rating by the American Society for Testing and Materials, one of the largest voluntary standards development organizations in the world, and additional fireproofing can also be added.

With the popularity of “going green” on the rise, rubber roofs are also appealing, since they are often made from recycled tires and other materials, and since they, themselves, are completely recyclable. Given that rubber roof shingles are resistant to heat and cold, they provide an excellent source of insulation, and they also have the ability to provide protection from ultraviolet radiation.

Rubber roof shingles are easier to maintain since, like tires, rubber roofs can be repaired using spare parts, adhesives or a liquid rubber sealant, which can also be applied to the whole roof after installation to reduce the already low maintenance.

More information about rubber roofing can be found at www.doityourself.com/stry/benefits-of-rubber-roof-shingles. Doityourself.com is the leading independent home improvement and home repair website.

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