When replacing your roof, you may not even think of having your roofing contractor install rubber roofing. Although rubber roofs are a fairly modern invention, they are proving to be a great option for Otter Creek homeowners. Rubber roofs aren’t for everyone, but they have many advantages that may make them right for your home.
What is Rubber Roofing?
Rubber roofing, or EPDM (ethylene propylene diene terpolymer) roofing, is made of a combination of sawdust, slate dust, and recycled tires.
Advantages of Rubber Roofing
- Price – A rubber roof is one of the most affordable roofing options. This price includes the cost of materials and the cost of installation. Your roofing contractor‘s installation process is simple and fast, resulting in a lower labor cost.
- – Longevity – Properly installed rubber roofs can last up to 50 years. Most rubber roofs are installed in a single sheet, so few seams are present to produce water damage complications later.
- Easy Maintenance and Repairs – Like installation, rubber roofing repairs are also simple, straightforward, and inexpensive. Roofing contractors often use liquid rubber or a special tape to repair rubber roofs. Besides unforeseen damage and necessary repairs, rubber roofs do not require extensive maintenance. A new paint job every 10 years or so is sufficient.
- Eco-Friendly – Made from recycled materials and produced with less energy than other roofing materials, rubber roofing is an obvious choice for environmentally inclined homeowners. Additionally, it is completely recyclable at the end of its life span.
- Energy Efficient – Rubber roofing resists solar heat and light, creating significant energy savings for homeowners. It also provides insulation, containing heat in the winter. These capabilities allow homeowners to use their air conditioning and heating systems less often.
- Resistant to Fire – If fire prevention is a major concern of yours, rubber roofing can quiet your fears. Rubber is completely fire resistant and can slow fires that ignite within the home so that fire authorities can manage the situation. Some insurance companies even reduce rates for homeowners who install rubber roofs because of the decreased risk of fire damage.
- Lightweight – Rubber roofs are not heavy, so you won’t have to reinforce the roof deck. Your roofing contractor will also appreciate the lightweight roofing.
- Waterproof – Rubber is completely waterproof, and as long as your rubber roofing has been properly installed and does not experience considerable weather damage, it will keep water from pooling and moisture from accumulating on and under your roof.
Although you may not rush out to replace your roof with one made of rubber, you should keep the benefits of rubber roofing in the back of your mind for when you do need a roof replacement. When that time comes, contact an experienced Otter Creek roofing contractor like Krumm Exteriors