As at the roofing industry develops, newer and better roofing options are becoming available. A rubber roof is one of these options. Rubber roofs are environmentally friendly, easy to use and long-lasting. Take this quiz to learn more about rubber roofs.
Rubber roofs are made from recycled rubber tires. This makes rubber roofing an environmentally friendly option.
Rubber roofing is unlikely to crack in rough weather and can withstand temperature change. It is lighter than slate shingles, is a cheaper roofing option and is fire-resistant.
Rubber roofing lasts a long time and requires minimal maintenance if installed correctly. Many manufacturers offer a lifetime warranty, or least a 30 to 50 year warranty, due to the reliability of rubber roofing.
Rubber roofing was first installed in 1980 by the Firestone company.
You need to strip the roof until you are down to the plywood base. Your warranty may not be recognized if you simply apply the rubber roofing over your previous roof.
You need to cut out areas for chimneys, antennas and vents before you stick down rubber roofing.
It takes about half an hour for the adhesive to bond with the rubber. Once it has dried you can make adjustments and cut the rubber to shape.
You can buy rubber shingles to place on top of your rubber roofing in order to improve the appearance of your roof. Make sure you use sealant or latex tape to cover any seams before you install the rubber shingles. Rubber shingles are nailed into the roof in the same manner as asphalt shingles.
Rubber is made from latex, which comes from the white sap of the rubber tree Ficus Elastica.
Coating the roof with liquid rubber or similar liquid sealants prevents the need for regular maintenance in the future.