Is a Rubber Roof a Good Choice for My Home?
When you are thinking about roof replacement, it is wise to learn everything you can about all your options. With this level of knowledge, you and your trusted roofing contractor can decide with roof system is right for your home. Perhaps you can start by learning a little bit about rubber roofs since they are one of the most popular options on the market. They are a great choice for many homeowners throughout the country, and for many reasons. Whether a rubber roof is a good fit for your property depends on several factors; factors that your licensed contractor can explain to you.
Rubber roofing is more accurately referred to as EPDM (ethylene propylene diene terpolymer) roofing, and is the most common thermoset roof membrane in the industry. EPDM is mainly contains two compounds, ethylene and propylene, which are derived from oil and natural gas. In terms of installation, there are a few options. Most often, they are either fully-adhered, mechanically attached using batten bars, or ballasted.
One of the main advantages of EPDM systems are the cost-savings. It is one of the most inexpensive, quality roofing options compared to other materials. The majority of investment will be for the professional installation, since it requires specialized training, equipment, and resources. In comparison to other options, this is still much cheaper. If you are looking for a quality product that lasts a long time and doesn’t break the bank, EPDM is something you should consider.
Another admirable advantage is the ease of installation. There is little-to-none construction, making installation quick and simple to do. The product is lightweight, flexible, and easier to work with, so contractors can get the job done in as little as one day (in most cases), which also reduces labor costs incurred by the homeowners.
Furthermore, rubber roofing can stand the test of time. It is durable and long-lasting, delivering an average lifespan of 50 years or more. It is also resistant to high winds, inclement weather, harmful UV rays, fading, and more. With less seams and openings, the risk of water leakage is reduced significantly. Maintenance is also virtually non-existent. Homeowners may choose to repaint after 10 years or so; but this is not always necessary.
Lastly, in the case that your rubber roof would need repaired, you can expect repairs to be easy, quick, and cheap. It is easier to fix rubber roofing than most other materials. For minor repairs, all your contractor might need is a tube of liquid rubber or special tape. This is usually the case.