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The Right Roofing Material: Rubber vs. Asphalt Shingles

When choosing the right roofing material, you’ll be faced with many choices. Many people find themselves deciding between rubber roofing and asphalt shingles. Each come with their own set of pros and cons. Let’s explore the advantages and disadvantages of each:


Roofing material is typically is measured in “squares” which refers to 100 square feet. Rubber roofing usually costs $300 to $400 per square. While rubber roofing does cost more than asphalt roofing, it lasts twice as long as asphalt which means it will cost you less in the long run. It is also more cost-efficient, saving you more on energy costs.


Both materials are constructed out of lightweight materials and are very easy to install on any roof shapes. Rubber shingles are manufactured in a way that they can mimic the look of other roofing materials such as slate tiles. Essentially, you can achieve the look of the most expensive roofs without paying for the actual price.


Asphalt does deteriorate under the harsh rays of the sun over time. They do not stand up well to direct sunlight and will eventually start to peel or curl. Water that gets under shingles can cause splits and be the cause of fungus and algae growth. Repairing a rubber roof is very easy. In most cases, all you will need is a tube of liquid rubber to close those splits. There is also special tape designed specifically for restoring rubber.


Rubber shingles are made mostly out of old rubber tires. When you use rubber shingles, you’ll have that sense of pride knowing that you’ve done your part to keep all those rubber tires from ending up in a landfill. Because rubber lasts so long, you don’t need to worry about constant replacements.

The most you will likely do during your rubber roof’s lifetime is repaint the roof once every 10 to 12 years with acrylic paint. Asphalt, on the other hand, requires periodic maintenance. Because they are lightweight, asphalt shingles crack more easily, especially when they are exposed to the elements such as varying degrees of hot and cold.


Asphalt shingles have a 20-year lifespan, enduring winds from 60 to 120 mph. They offer good protection for your home at a fraction of the cost of other roofing materials. However, rubber shingles are flexible, strong, and can last 30 years or more.

Rubber is fire resistant and virtually impossible to set on fire which other roofing types are susceptible to when they are hit by lightning. Because rubber is actively resistant to all forms of fire, it can slow a fire and keep it from spreading. Rubber is also resistant to discoloring in the sun. It will not crack, retain moisture, and rot. Rubber will defend your home against all-weather including rain, snow, wind, and sleet.

Eco-Friendly Shingles

Asphalt shingles are not environmentally friendly as it is basically petroleum but in a semi-solid form. Even their manufacturing process causes energy wastes and yields greenhouse gas secretions. Rubber roof shingles, on the other hand, are built from recycled tires and other materials that are ground into powder and shaped into shingles. Rubber is a great choice for those who are environmentally conscious.

At 1-800-HANSONS we use only the highest quality rubber composite shingles that stay flexible in extreme weather conditions, prevents cracks which can cause leaks. Rubber shingles are also resistant to staining and algae growth, which means your roof with look new for years to come.

Because we use the highest quality materials for full weather protection, we’ve been able to pioneer the industry’s ONLY lifetime “No Leak Guarantee”, ensuring that you and your family have a durable roof for years to come. Check out our Roof Shingle Color Gallery.

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