Rubber roofing has been used on smaller commercial buildings for years. More recently, though, some roofing companies have begun offering it as an option for homeowners. That does not necessarily mean that rubber roofing is right for your home, but it might be. By considering the upsides and downsides of rubber roofing, and also by having some in-depth conversations with a roofer, you can determine whether it's wise to invest in a rubber roof.
The Upsides of Rubber Roofing
One of the major upsides of rubber roofing is its price. The materials themselves are cheap as the type of rubber used for roofing — EDPM — is usually made from recycled materials. Rubber is also quick to install, which cuts down on the cost of installation. Your roofers can generally put it down within a few hours, whereas applying a shingle roof might take a whole day. If you're on a tight budget, rubber is likely a better roofing choice than the cheapest shingles you can buy.
Another upside of rubber roofing is that it is resistant to a lot of weather. It's resistant to hail and snow damage and is also less likely to get caught in the wind than shingles or metal panels, both of which have edges that rise a bit above the roof's surface. Rubber is also resistant to UV damage, so it won't break down in sunny areas.
Rubber roofing is also easy to repair. If it develops a leak or tear, a roofing contractor can use a special type of liquid rubber glue to seal up the area, which only takes a few minutes.
The Downsides of Rubber Roofing
One downside of rubber roofing is that it's not overly attractive. It's flat, plain, and black. Some homeowners would prefer a roof with more character. Rubber also has to be very carefully installed to avoid leaks. The right glue has to be used, in the right amount, to ensure the rubber adheres. This makes it essential that you find a roofer who has experience installing rubber roofing, which is easier in some areas than in others.
If you can find a roofer who installs rubber roofing and you don't mind rubber's plain, black look, then rubber can be a really smart roofing choice. It will be installed in no time for an affordable price, and it will keep your home safe from the weather. To learn more, contact a residential roofing contractor near you.