Roofing FAQs: What is Rubber Roofing?

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Recycled rubber roofing is today’s innovative, eco-friendly way to not only reduce your carbon footprint, but save money as well. Rubber roof shingles consist of recycled materials including plastic bags, tires, saw dust, slate dust, etc. Unlike traditional slate and wooden shingles, a rubber-based roof is affordable and economical. Aside from that, roofs made from recycled rubber are more resistant to unfavorable weather conditions. In fact, most rubber roofing manufacturers offer a 30-year guarantee based on their durability level.

Manufacturing rubber roofing

Rubber roofing is produced from a highly durable synthetic material known as EPDM (ethylene propylene diene monomer), which is fabricated as a single sheet of tough rubber membrane. These resilient sheets are generally sized to fit the roof of your home in order to eliminate any welds or seams that can potentially lead to splitting or leaks.

The durability of rubber roofing

Rubber roofing is specially designed to last a minimum of 20 years or longer, even though the majority of manufacturers generally offer a 10-year guarantee. Most guarantees usually don’t require that the consumer use any type of protective coating or treatment in order to be valid. Incidentally, using certain kinds of products that could potentially damage your roof may void the terms of the guarantee.

Rubber roofing contains extreme elasticity along with ductile strength and is completely resistant to the harsh UV rays of the sun. It maintains its flexibility under virtually any circumstances, even in extremely low temperatures. But, it can get damaged by coming into contact with oil-based products including vegetable or mineral oil, grease, petroleum products, citrus-based products, or hot bitumen. These types of products should never make contact with a rubber-based roof or subsequent damage will likely result.

Rubber roofing maintenance

One of the best features about rubber roofing is that it requires virtually no maintenance at all. The EPDM membrane will, however, slowly oxidize. But, cleaning a rubber roof three or four times a year will slow that process down even further. The only cleaning that a rubber roof needs is a good rinse with plain water in order to wash away the surface debris and dirt. If you wish, you can also use a special cleaning product that’s specifically designed just for EPDM material available at almost any home improvement store.

How much does rubber roofing cost?

The overall expense to install rubber roofing will vary based on your location, the specific materials used, the extent of the installation, and other factors as well. Here is the average cost:

• Rubber roof shingles generally cost around $4-$8 per square foot. For instance, if your roof’s total surface area is approximately 1,500 square feet, it will cost about $6,000 to $12,000 to install.

• Rubber roofing single-ply typically runs $2.50 – $5 per square foot. But, if you choose high-end materials and the installation itself is a bit trickier, that cost can easily increase to $10 or higher per square foot.

• Rubber roofing can be installed over an existing roof. However, if the existing covering needs removed first, this will add to the overall cost as well.

The primary function of rubber roofing is to provide an adequate waterproof barrier against adverse weather conditions. And, aside from the eco-friendly and cost-saving factors, rubber roofing looks great and comes in a wide variety of trendy, contemporary colors. — From Modernize

Interested in new roofing? Contact Medina Exteriors today, (330)591-4040



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