Homeowners looking for an alternative to conventional asphalt shingles should consider rubber. Rubber roofing is an eco friendly option that's made mostly from recycled tires, sawdust and slate dust. Most roofers will refer it by the technical term EPDM, which stands for ethylene propylene diene terpolymer roofing. Rubber roofing can easily be rolled out over flat roofs with little to no pitch. Homeowners can also invest in rubber shingles for their sloped roofs. As they continue growing in popularity, rubber shingles are becoming available in a variety of appealing colors and textured designs.
Installing a rubber roof can be very advantageous. One of the most obvious benefits is the price. Homeowners can find a licensed Bergen County roofing installer to lay down rubber for costs well below many other materials. The rubber roofing isn't less expensive itself, but the lightweight shingles help lower costs. Rubber can be easily glued into place without much fuss to significantly reduce labor and installation fees. Since EPDM is naturally fireproof and impossible to set afire even with lightning, many homeowners can save on lower insurance rates.
Rubber roofing maximizes its great value by being extremely durable. When rubber roofs are installed properly, the average lifespan is 50 years. In fact, several leading manufacturers of rubber roofing will provide lifetime warranties.
The expert roofers at All Professional Remodeling of Bergen County can assist you with any questions regarding roofing, skylights or windows.
Rubber roofs are typically laid in one big piece, which means there will be few seams where water can permeate below. Modern rubber is strong enough to resist damage from the sun's ultraviolet rays. The shingles will also withstand hurricane force winds and hail up to three inches in diameter for lasting protection.
If a rubber roof ever leaks, repair work will be considerably less intensive. Buying a small tube of liquid rubber usually does the trick. Many reputable roofers also have special tape for repairing rubber in an instant. Rubber roofs are virtually maintenance free. Unlike most roofing materials, rubber won't require regular tender loving care. Homeowners may wish to repaint the roof with a fresh coat of acrylic paint, but this only needs to be done every decade.
Last but not least, rubber roofing is very energy efficient. Lighter colored rubber roofs designed for residences are able to reflect sunlight. When this heat is reflected, homeowners are able to save a considerable amount on air conditioning costs throughout the summer. Rubber roofing acts as an insulator to stabilize the indoor temperature and lower energy usage. Modern EPDM will handle extreme cold and hot temperature variations without cracking too.