Rubber roofing materials are a great alternative to using standard shingles for flat or low-sloping roofs. Although traditional shingles can last anywhere from 15 to 20 years, they are typically made from materials like asphalt, ceramic, tile, metal, slate, and more; and these materials are not always adequate enough to provide long-term protection, along with an impenetrable seal against water leaks and more. They also require on-going maintenance and upkeep, which can be costly and time-consuming. For this reason, and several others, roofing manufacturers have developed a new kind of material called rubber roofing, or neoprene roofing. It is the go-to solution for promising roof repair and maintenance. Continue reading to learn more about rubber roofing and its many advantages for residential and commercial properties.
Rubber roofs are made from PVC plastic polymers or rubber polymers. Single-ply synthetic roofing is another term commonly used for this as well. Since these shingles can replicate slate or asphalt shingles in appearance, and can be easily installed over existing roofing. Roofing material is usually always measured by the square, which means 100 square feet. For example, 4 squares of roofing material equals 400 square feet. They typically come in rolls for flat roofs, and shingles for custom projects and repairs.
You can expect rubber roof material to cost anywhere from $300 to $400 per square, so 4 squares of neoprene roofing can add up to $1,600 or more, not including labor and supplies. Although initially costly, neoprene rooftops can last a homeowner twice as long as traditional shingles and won’t need as much routine maintenance and repair. There are several more benefits to single-ply synthetic rooftop installation as well!
Rubber shingles or flat rolls can be installed over existing rooftops, making the typically dreaded roof repair project much less complicated and time-consuming. Existing roof shingles are sprayed with a roofing foam to provide a fresh surface and added installation. Then a water-proof membrane is applied to the entire surface before the rubber materials are installed. The simplicity of neoprene roof installation reduces labor and time, which cuts costs.
Also, a more tightly sealed and secure roof means less wasted heat and air, which cuts monthly energy costs little by little, each year. Rubber roofs are also energy-efficient because the materials used in the process reflect sun and heat. This keeps a home cooler in warmer climates, and saves on energy costs.
Aside from all of these wonderful benefits, neoprene roofs are great alternatives because they are fire-resistant and less likely to crack. Their durability allows them to withstand harsh weather conditions and changing climates, year after year.