Rubber roofing shingles are one of the newer options on the market today. It is made from recycled rubber tires and other industrial waste such as plastic bottles, PVC pipe and plastic bags. These recycled materials are put through a heating process, and then molded into high-quality roofing shingles.
Many historical or older homes and structures had roofs constructed out of cedar or slate roofing, which was very attractive, but is very costly today. If you have an older home and wish to maintain its authentic and classic look, rubber roofing shingles may be the product you need. Through many processing techniques, rubber roofing shingles can be made to look just as authentic as real cedar or slate shingles and is environmentally friendly as well. Rubber shingles are priced considerably less than cedar and slate, and recycled saw dust and slate dust can be added to the surface of rubber shingles to imitate the classic look of a traditional roof.
There are many advantages of using rubber roofing shingles on your new roof. Rubber tends to be of lighter weight and is lower priced than many other roofing materials. They are easier to repair and – if need be – easy to replace. They provide good traction when walking or working on the roof and can last at least thirty years, possibly fifty, if conditions aren’t too harsh. Rubber shingles are durable, sturdy and flexible, and able to withstand hurricane-force winds. Most brands of rubber shingles have a Class-A fire rating, and are an excellent insulation material during the extremes of both the hot and cold seasons. Because the shingles are made from recycled rubber, they are virtually waterproof and resistant to hail, wind, fire and other damage caused by severe weather. They are extremely low-maintenance due to their unmatched strength.
Rubber roofing shingles may seem more expensive than asphalt up front, but they will no doubt prove more economical in the long run because they require less repair and maintenance.
If you are considering using rubber shingles on new roof construction for your home, it would be wise to research the other available materials at your disposal before making a final decision. Carefully check out all products and the work that goes into installation and follow-up care. Be sure to check with a respected and licensed contractor to find out what material they recommend for your style of home and if rubber shingles would be a good fit for your roof – and your budget.