Roofing is often one of the most expensive components of home improvement or new construction. It can take hours to install hundreds or even thousands of wood, slate, or asphalt shingles, making your installation costs high. Choosing a rubber roof is a budget-friendly option that is durable, eco-friendly, and available in a variety of colors and designs.
Rubber roofing is made of affordable recycled materials. It is durable, and most manufacturers provide at least a thirty-year warranty. Additionally, if your rubber roof starts to leak, it usually only requires a simple repair, a fresh application of a strong sealant or possibly the replacement of a few shingles.
Choosing a rubber roof can also help you save on your energy bill, as rubber is well-known for its insulating capabilities. Combine these features with the ease of installation, the variety of available colors and styles–rubber roofing can also be designed to look like slate, asphalt, or cedar–and the low maintenance associated with rubber roofing, and you will find it to be a great option when it is time for you to put a new roof on your home.
Cost of Rubber Roofing
Having a rubber roof professionally installed runs around $2.50-$4.50 a square foot or $2,250-$4,000 for a 30×30-foot flat roof on a single family home, depending on thickness, color, local labor rates and whether the old roof has to be removed.
Eco-Friendly and Energy Efficient
A rubber roof is one of the most eco-friendly forms of roofing on the market today, as it is made largely from recycled rubber and a number of other recycled materials, such as plastic and slate dust. Rubber roofing is available in a number of different colors and styles, so you don’t have to feel limited by the dark gray shade that is usually associated with rubber. In fact, if you live in a warm climate, investing in white-on-black rubber roofing (as opposed to traditional and less expensive black) can help increase energy efficiency as it is highly resistant to UV rays and absorbs heat.
Maintenance of Rubber Roofing
You’ll want to inspect your rubber roof a few times a year, and the easiest way to do that is by keeping it clean. Cleaning your roof 3-4 times a year can also help you maintain your warranty. To clean your roof yourself, begin by sweeping or rinsing off as much loose grime as possible. Then using a spray mechanism, apply a commercial grade cleanser specific for rubber care. Use a sponge mop or a soft bristle brush to activate the cleanser. Regularly rinse your mop or brush in a bucket of clean water and use a hose to remove any remaining dirt.
Common Concerns with Rubber Roofing
Black mold spots can develop over time on rubber roofing. These spots should not be a source of concern as regular cleaning your roof will remove them. For added protection, add a coating of UV protectant. Just make sure that any coatings applied to your rubber roof do not contain petroleum distillates. Petroleum distillates will cause rubber roofing to blister and can allow water to soak into your roof’s subframe.