Rubber shingles are a unique type of roofing material that, as their name would suggest, consist of rubber cut into shingles and then layered over one another to form a waterproof barrier on your property. Rubber roofing shingles are well-suited for peaked roofs on both residential and commercial properties. Due to their unique material construction, rubber shingles have a number of distinctive advantages over traditional asphalt shingles. Understanding what rubber shingles have to offer can help you determine if installing a rubber shingled roof on your property is the best fit for your roofing needs.
Affordable Cost and Quick Installation
The largest advantage of rubber roofing shingles over any other type of roofing material, including asphalt shingles, is the low material cost associated with rubber as a building material. This helps drop the overall material cost associated with installing a new roof. Furthermore, rubber shingles are much more lightweight than other types of materials commonly used for roofs, such as metal panels and asphalt shingles, which not only speeds up the installation process and further saves you money on labor costs, but also significantly reduces the amount of disruption that your home experiences while a new roof is being installed.
Another extremely important thing to note about rubber roofing shingles, especially for commercial properties that are concerned with maintaining a reputation of environmental friendliness, is the fact that rubber roofing shingles can be completely sourced from reclaimed and recycled sources. Furthermore, rubber roofing shingles are able to be completely recycled and reused in other applications once they are removed from your property in the future, which helps to reduce the overall carbon footprint of your property at both ends of your roof's lifespan.
Low Maintenance and High Resistances
The last, but arguably the most important, thing to keep in mind when thinking about installing rubber roofing shingles is that they do not require a great deal of work to stay in good condition. Rubber is naturally very durable, and cannot be easily punctured or broken except in cases of extreme physical trauma. Further, rubber resists pest infestations, will not suffer from rust and corrosion, and can resist damage associated with constant UV exposure and temperature fluctuations. Further, in the event that sections of your rubber roofing shingles do become damaged, they can be easily repaired. In fact, damaged shingles do not have to be removed at all: instead, rubber tape or a liquid solution can be applied directly to the damaged location to seal your roof at a fraction of the cost associated with physically removing and replacing the damaged section.