The A-Z of a Rubber Roof

If your home has a flat roof or a pitch of under 4 in 12, you will find that your options are limited when it comes to roofing materials. However, a popular option for the material is rubber roofing. This comes in either rolls or shingles and can be used on a flat roof to create a lightweight, cheap, and attractive option.

What Is Rubber Roofing?

This is made up of a combination of recycled tires, sawdust, and slate dust. It comes in rolls that are installed in long, overlapping sheets on a flat roof, however, it is also available in shingle form.

Rubber Roof Installation

For years the only way one could cover a flat roof was to use rolled rubber roofings. This is still the case when dealing with a primary or base roof. The rolls will be applied to a clean, stripped roofing deck that was first coated in adhesive. The rolls are cut to fit, then applied on the roof and smoothed out to remove air bubbles.

If your home has a flat roof and you are looking for more attractive roofing material, it is possible to install rubber shingles on top of a rolled rubber roof. The seams, however, have to be taped and sealed properly, and the rubber shingles are nailed down on the top in rows.

Inexpensive and Durable

Rubber roofs are considered an inexpensive and durable option for flat roofs. Mostly because the rolls have very few if any seams on them, and they rarely leak or require much in the way of maintenance. When properly installed, they can last up to 20 years.

In summary, if you would like to learn about the services and products we at Cornerstone Building Associates can offer you, and you live in or around the Wellesley, MA region, please feel free to call us at (781) 214-8958 anytime.