Rubber or Asphalt Shingles

Rubber or Asphalt Shingles – Which Is the Right Roofing Material

Choosing the right roofing material is never easy. The usual question comes down to choosing between rubber or asphalt shingles. Which are the most popular options. Let’s take a look at all the pros and cons of each, so you’ll have an easier time deciding which one is better for you:

The General Differences

Rubber shingles are made from a single-ply synthetic material we know as ethylene propylene diene monomer. Asphalt shingles are made from asphalt-saturated fiberglass that’s covered with granules of rock.

The difference in roofing material matters because rubber shingles are better suited for flat roofs. On the other hand, asphalt shingles are made for sloped roofs. 

It’s also worth noting that rubber roofing can easily be placed on top of an asphalt roof, so you can essentially use rubber on both types of roofs. Plus, rubber can achieve the same look other expensive roofs have for a fraction of the cost.

The Costs

If short-term costs strictly orient you, you’ll have an easy time deciding. Rubber shingles are three to four times more expensive than asphalt. The price is usually measured for 100 square feet of shingles. 

Asphalt shingles cost around $100 per square foot, while rubber shingles are $300 to $400 per square foot. 

However, if you care more for long-term costs, rubber shingles are the clear winners here as they last twice as long as asphalt shingles. What’s more, they are energy-efficient as well, leaving you with lower energy costs in the long run. 

The Installation

When it comes to installation, both shingles are made from a lightweight material, which means that the whole process is fast and easy. 

When it comes to the cost of the installation, most companies offer the following scheme:

  • For rubber roofing – $2.50 to $4.50 per square foot
  • For asphalt roofing – $1 to $4 per square foot

In essence, the whole job for the average 1,700 square foot roof has the following prices:

  • For rubber roofing – $4,250‬ to $7,650
  • For asphalt roofing – $1,700 to $6,800

However, there are always extra costs as well:

  • Rubber roofing includes the extra cost of rubber roof membranes. They cost about $0.50 to $1.50 per square foot. If you want to add insulation beneath the membranes, then you will have to pay an additional $600 to $1,800.
  • Asphalt roofing includes its own set of additional costs, as well. Removing old asphalt shingles usually costs between $500 and $1,000 for a typical house. Additionally, you have to include roof trusses or rafters, which are necessary for supporting the weight of asphalt shingles. Their installation can cost anywhere between $1,000 and $10,000. 

Additional Differences You Should Know About

  • Most roofing is damaged over time from sunlight (causes them to peel and curl) and rain (causes moisture and mold that allows for fungus and algae growth). Asphalt shingles are more susceptible to these issues than rubber ones. 
  • When it comes to maintenance, rubber shingles only require a paint job after a decade or so, while asphalt shingles need more regular maintenance as they crack more easily. 
  • Asphalt shingles typically last for 20 years, while rubber ones can last for 30 or more. 

Key Takeaways

Despite their higher costs, rubber shingles are usually better for their overall durability, lack of maintenance requirements, and long-term cost-effectiveness. 

Schedule a free estimate with 1-800-HANSONS if you’re looking for high-quality rubber roofing.