Rubber Roofs

May 10, 2016

Rubber Roofing Material

Most roofing materials available on the market today offer some unique benefit that makes them popular with homeowners in Oklahoma City. In the case of rubber roofing, it’s affordability that draws in buyers.

Materials Involved In Rubber Roof Systems

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A properly-installed rubber roof actually relies on several different materials working together. Here is a summary of the materials and equipment used to install rubber roofs.

1 Rubber Roofing

It’s important to make a distinction between rubber roofing and SPF roofing. The latter is a form of foam roofing. Proper rubber roofing arrives at the job site in shingles or long sheets. As with metal roofing, rubber material is graded based on its thickness. Thicker rubber invariably costs more.

2 Adhesive

Most rubber roofs are installed directly over the existing roof of a home. This process requires a specialized adhesive designed to fix the rubber in position permanently.

3 Push Broom

As noted above, some forms of rubber roofing are manufactured in sheets or strips. These are applied with the aid of a push broom to ensure that the roofing material adheres evenly. Wrinkles or bubbles in the roofing produce weak points than can cause the roof to leak after installation.

4 Foam Insulation

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While some rubber roofs are installed without insulation, many homeowners opt to have foam insulation installed at the same time as their new roof. Dense foam insulation is applied underneath the external rubber material using similar installation techniques.

Rubber Roofs Benefits And Drawbacks

As with every roofing material, rubber has both strengths and weaknesses to offer homeowners. One of rubber’s prime advantages is its inherent resistance to water. This makes rubber roofing particularly well-suited to homes with low slope roofs where water drains very slowly. The way that rubber roofing can be installed on top of an existing roof as described above is another point in its favor. This leads to faster, cheaper installation work with minimal prep time. Rubber’s flexibility allows it to conform to any roof shape, no matter how complex. Rubber also makes for a surprisingly durable roof covering; it performs better over time than some more common materials like asphalt. Good rubber roofs will typically last for 30 to 50 years after installation. Properly installed rubber roofs require minimal maintenance.

Why the right Rubber Roofs is so important in Oklahoma City

Rubber roofs are not without their drawbacks, though. They sit in the middle of the price range for roofing materials. A rubber roof is never the homeowner’s cheapest option; standard materials like asphalt shingles are virtually always cheaper. Rubber is also a middle-of-the-road material in terms of strength; metal roofing provides a tougher roof surface. Rubber roofs are vulnerable to heavy impacts and sharp blows such as those imparted by falling branches or debris driven by high winds. Rubber’s ability to improve a home’s energy efficiency is also debatable. Extremely high temperatures can damage a rubber roof by causing it to bubble or peel. This impairs the roof’s ability to keep water out, requiring repair work to prevent leaks. Finally, because of the relatively recent introduction of rubber roofs in Oklahoma City Oklahoma, their environmental impact is not fully understood. Some ecological watchdog groups believe that rubber roofs might contaminate runoff water that makes it way into the ground, although this theory has not yet been confirmed by scientific research.

 

  

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