When you have other structures on your property that you have to keep roofed just the same as your home, it can be quite costly to upkeep everything. This is especially true if you have a barn that houses livestock or machinery, because a barn can have a large flat roof that requires special attention and materials. One of the options you are bound to come across when you are investigating the less expensive options for your barn roof is liquid rubber roofing. Liquid rubber roofing, which is actually EPDM (ethylene propylene diene monomer), goes on easy enough and offers good protection. However, there are a few other things you will want to know:
Does rubber roofing go into place over all old roofing materials?
If you are considering rubber roofing for your barn, it can depend on what kind of roof the barn currently has. Rubber roofing cannot go on top of all roofing materials because, in order for it to be an effective cover, the bottom must adhere to the surface of old roofing materials. Rubber roofing tends to work well on asphalt shingles, metal roofing panels, and some other common types of roof, but it will not work in every situation; contact your roofing contractor to find out if rubber roofing will work with your barn.
How long will the rubber roofing last?
When installed properly, liquid rubber roofing really can have a long lifespan that will serve your barn well; however, liquid rubber roofing probably will not last as long as some of the more durable types of materials. The rubber can crack and grow brittle with age, which often leads to secondary applications being necessary every few years or so. This is one reason why rubber roofing is not always recommended to homeowners who want a more long-lasting type of roof so they don't have to worry about a replacement for a long while.
What are some of the advantages of a rubber roof on a barn?
If your barn has a roof that is barely sloped, flat, or has a low pitch, rubber roofing works really well. The material is resilient to moisture, so even if some water does pool on flatter areas, it is not going to deteriorate rubber the way it would some other materials. Rubber roofing is also somewhat of a sound barrier, which can be beneficial if you have a lot of inclement weather that scares your livestock when it comes pounding down on the roof. Additionally, rubber roofing goes on quickly compared to shingles.