What to Know Before Installing Rubber Roofing

If you are thinking of switching your current shingle roof with rubbing roofing, then you need to know what you are getting yourself into before making a decision!

Advantages of Rubber Roofs

When you have a low or flat roof, then single-ply synthetic membrane rubber roofing is an ideal choice, due to its durability, pliability, and waterproofing. Whether it is made out of synthetic rubber polymers or plastic polymers, a rubber roof is designed to go in places where asphalt shingles simply cannot perform as good.

However, all these advantages do come at a cost, as synthetic single-ply roof systems are not the cheapest method to use, as they can cost approximately $300 to $400 per square, while asphalt shingles are under $100 per square. However, the upside to this is that a rubber roof lasts twice as long as other types of roofing, in addition to saving on energy costs, which means they can save you both time and money.

Usually, installing a rubber roof is done on the top of a pre-existing one. And a layer of foam can be applied on the top of the existing roof, which acts as insulation, then the whole surface is covered with this waterproof membrane. This will save on time and high labor costs, as it reduces the amount of preparation required to install your new roof.

Rubber Roofing versus SPF Roofing

Rubber roofs should never be confused with Sprayed Polyurethane Foam, or SPF for short, this is sprayed onto a roof as a liquid. This type of roofing has to be recoated regularly and can tear easily when scraped by tree limbs and other flying debris. They also tend to attract critters such as squirrels and birds that like to bury acorns in it, which results in leaks.

In conclusion to our blog, if you wish to learn about the services and products Cornerstone Building Associates has to offer you, and you are a resident of the Wellesley, MA area, please feel free to call us at (781) 214-8958 anytime.