Rubber Roofing

Rubber roofing is another wonderful material used for residential roofing.

What is Rubber Roofing?

Very popular for flat roofing, rubber is used as a medium to protect the roof from weathering and is very durable. In general, rubber roofing materials also last much longer and once again require less maintenance-most manufacturers warranty their roofs for thirty to fifty years, and some even carry a lifetime warranty. With its gripped surface, it is the most ideal for homes with flat roofing with roof decks.

Types of Rubber Roofing

EPDM Rubber Roofing

EPDM Rubber RoofingThe most popular and commonly used rubber roofing is EPDM, standing for ethylene propylene diene monomer. EPDM Rubber easy to work with and install on flat roofs and gently sloping roofs. Unlike bituminous substances used for flat roofing, it does not crack, peel or turn brittle with age. The results are proven with its use in sub-zero temperatures in the Artic to the hot climate in the Middle East. With this in mind, EPDM can withstand a wide range of temperatures. EPDM rubber roofing is an elastomer with a variety of industrial applications, including synthetic rubber roofing membranes.

EPDM Rubber is low maintenance, flexibility, and light weight and can be laid over your current existing roof if your roof decking and joists are sound. This saves you incredible amounts of money and also benefits and saves environment by reducing debris from the work. Certain compounds may be added to the EPDM rubber roofing during production to minimize the viscosity of the product and render the product more compatible with the environment. In addition to its characteristics, EPDM is also the only rubber roofing membrane that is extruded. This process allows the production of a consistent single-ply membrane consisting of a white surface and a black back.

EPDM is what the high pressure radiator hose. This rubber roofing materials are popular and aside from homes, EPDM rubber can be found in the weather seals of the vehicles in parts such as door seals, window seals and more. In addition, NASA uses this type of roofing material for high temperature, and high pressure seals on the space shuttles.

Other related rubber roofing products and flat roofing products also include: epdm liquid rubber, epdm single ply, rubberbond fleeceback membranes, rubberbond fleeceback epdm, epdm rubber roofing shingles and more. These are often other materials used for flat roofing systems. Although those are generally products and equipment developed for general flat roofing purposes, products such as deck bio diverse, deck intensive green and deck extensive green roofing materials are used for flat roofing being developed into green roofing. Synthetic rubber roofing materials are also available as well. Thus, take your time to look around and research on the type of rubber roofing you want and your contractor will be happy to assist you with advices and ideas on the best products to use to accomplish your project.

Benefits for Utilizing Rubber Roofing

Rubber RoofingThough not as famous and often used compared to asphalt, rubber roofing can still be used both commercially in buildings and in houses providing many benefits and advantages. Aside from being a great roofing material for homes in rainy and stormy areas, EPDM rubber roofing benefits include the following: flexes and resists temperature changes, is totally resistant to atmospheric pollution, unaffected by UV light or ozone and extremely robust to puncture.

Rubber roofing is a durable and flexible as compared to normal conventional roofing systems. As the seasons and weather changes, mostly wood and other roofing materials experience a wear-and-tear reaction as they are constantly contracting and expanding. Rubber roofing is more flexible and limits that change.
Rubber is light weight compared to slate roofing tiles or concrete roofing tiles. As it is not as heavy, you will save on transporting material costs. In addition, installation is much easier.

Installation for EPDM Rubber Roofing is simpler to install as well. Rubber roofing products often use simpler installation methods than their roofing material counterparts. In addition, they generate less waste since no pieces have to be culled due to breakage or inferior quality. Furthermore, little to no trimming is needed. Many installers like it also because it’s easier to repair.

Rubber roofing saves you money by reducing energy consumption. This roofing material is able to reflect UV rays, resist heat and cold, and is not susceptible to mould damage. Rubber roofs are energy efficient as it can keep your home warm during the winter and cooler in the summer.Rubber Roofing Shingles

Because it provides a consistent, clean and gripped flat platform, rubber roofing and epdm rubber roofing adds more functionality to your roof. Flat roofing benefits from this type of material because it is convenient for installing large HVAC equipment. Without the rubber roofing, it will otherwise have to be installed on the ground. With the additional space, flat roofs can be converted as a roof-top deck, patio or penthouse. An important note is that flat roofs tend to lack good drainage systems. Thus, two or three squares of rubberized slate are needed with minimal seams to deter leakage. Maintenance is a must if surface is being walked on as cuts, chips and rips on the rubber surface can lead to leakage.

Ultimately, rubber roofs are very durable, energy efficient and environmentally friendly (they are often made of recycled materials). They require less maintenance than wooden materials. Rubber is far more resilient and adaptable than plastic imitation shingles. With the improvement and upgrade in rubber technology, new roofing material such as rubber slate is available. This type of rubber roofing has now become the most environmentally friendly type of rubber roofing material. These rubber slates are typically warranted for 50 years. Please do visit our other pages to look for more information regarding other roofing materials.

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