Posted on: 24 June 2016
If you own a building with a flat roof, and it's time to make some updates, you probably know you have a few options. When it comes to making a decision, you want to go with a material that will last but will also be cost effective and easy to maintain. If you've not considered rubber roofing, or you don't know much about it, here are six great reasons to have this type of roof installed.
One of the first things a property owner investigates before settling on a material is the price, and this is where rubber roofing outshines some of the other options. While it may not be the cheapest option, it is by far highly affordable. If you have the roofing installed by a professional, you're looking at spending, on average, anywhere from $2.50-$4.50 per square foot. If you opt to do it yourself (which you can, so long as you're knowledgeable on the methods), prices drop dramatically to as low as 50 cents per foot.
If you discover that you have a leak in your rubber roof, this is one of the few types of materials that many homeowners decide to fix themselves. It's not that complicated, especially compared to other roofing types like a BUR roof. Here, you'd have to scrape away the gravel just to be able to locate the source of the leak. A leaky rubber roof generally requires the use of patches or an inexpensive tube of liquid rubber, making it completely doable for the avid DIYer.
Rubber roofs are known for their durability. When installed correctly and properly cared for, they can last a lifetime. It's not uncommon for manufacturers to offer 50-year warranties on their rubber roofing products.
Almost every roofing type requires maintenance of some kind. But most property owners will generally gravitate towards one that requires the least time, effort, and money.
With a rubber roof, all that's required for maintenance is regular cleaning and removal of debris. A layer of acrylic paint will also increase its durability. Make sure to choose a paint that is designed for rubber roofs.
When comparing the maintenance required for a rubber roof compared to other types, it appears that rubber may be less involved. BUR roofs should be checked at least twice a year to ensure a consistent layer of gravel coverage and to clean the surface. Modified bitumen roofs are highly susceptible to scuffing and tearing by fallen limbs and debris. Therefore, they should be checked regularly for these issues. And because bitumen roofs don't hold up as well as to foot traffic, property owners should be careful when doing regular checks.
Rubber roofs are probably one of the most efficient when it comes to helping you save money. In fact, you can save up to 50 cents per square foot in your heating and cooling costs each year.
In the summer, the lighter roofs reflect the heat of the sun, keeping your home cooler. And in the winter, they work as an insulator, preventing heat from escaping your home. Incidentally, if you live in a hot climate and have a black rubber roof, and you want to enjoy the benefits of a cool roof, don't worry about replacing the entire thing. All you need to do is paint it with a coating of white paint. This will not only help with energy efficiency during those hot, summer months, but it will also increase the longevity of your roof.
Rubber roofing has, on occasion, taken a beating for not being very aesthetically pleasing. While this is all rather subjective, property owners who wish to have a roof that resembles the others in the neighborhood can now choose rubber "shingles." This type of material should be restricted to a slope. So if part of your roof is flat, you could choose rubber sheets for those sections, with the sloped area boasting rubber shingles for a more pleasing look.
For more information and options, talk with a professional roofing contractor, such as those at Central States Roofing.Share