WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT RUBBER ROOFING

Ever see a rubber roof on a residential home and wonder why you have an asphalt shingled roof? Well, the slope of your roof will effect what type of roofing material is compatible or the best choice. Rubber roofing must be used on only low-sloped or flat roofs.

 

PROS OF RUBBER ROOFING

  • Depending on product and installation rubber roofing can last from 40-50 years
  • Less expensive than shingled roofs
  • Easy cleaning & maintenance
  • Energy savings
  • Fast and easy installation
  • Few to no seams resulting in fewer places for water to seep under the roofing
  • Resistant to fire, pests, mold and mildew

 

CONS OF RUBBER ROOFING

  • Rubber Roofing, with the exception of TPO, can’t get installed below 32 degrees. The glue needs to be above freezing for 24 hours or it will NOT set.
  • White rubber roofing materials are more expensive than the Black rubber roofing
  • Coloring can fade over time
  • Far more materials needed to install a rubber roof than shingled roof

Bonding Adhesive, Primer, Rolls of Rubber, Cleaner, Rags, Insulation, Roller cages, Rollers, Throw away brushes, Drip edge, Termination Bar, Screws, Nails, Seam tape, Flashing tape,  Caulking, Water Stop, Pipe Boots, Screws and Plates.

 

With Sam Karam & Sons experienced roofing team we will properly install your rubber roof with the following rubber roofing installation steps:

First we start by stripping to the substrate. We then install insulation with galvanized plates and coated screws, adhere the bonding adhesive to the insulation and the rubber, letting it set then install. We flash up any existing walls, any sloped roofs making sure the rubber membrane roof goes over the edges. Drip edge then gets installed around perimeters with cover tape over and caulking as needed.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Can you put a rubber roof over an existing rubber roof?

A. Yes, you can but it’s not recommended because you can’t inspect the substrate

Q. What are the types of Rubber Roofing?

A. EPDM (Ethylene propylene diene monomer) Rubber – Extremely durable synthetic rubber         roofing membrane.

    Rolled Roofing – Mineral-surfaced roofing that comes in rolls – Thinner and less durable. Materials only have a 10-12 year warranty 

    TPO (Thermoplastic polyolefin) – Single-ply roofing membrane typically used for commercial and industrial roofing applications. White, Grey and Tan color options

Q. When should I replace my rubber roof?

A. Typically a rubber roof lasts 40-50 years depending on the product and installation.