Traditional roofing shingles come in several types, each with their benefits and drawbacks. Among these, we have asphalt, asbestos, fiberglass, ceramic, and wooden shingles. In more recent years, a new type of roofing shingle has entered the market. Rubber roofing shingles are a more resilient and versatile roofing material with several benefits when compared to their counterparts.
For any house, the first line of defense against the elements is the roof. Taking care of your roof is the same as taking care of yourself, your family, and your belongings. The materials used to build and protect your roof will play a crucial role in this regard. In the United States, the most common type of roofing material is the roofing shingle.
One of the first benefits of rubber roofing shingles is their eco-friendliness. These shingles are made from recycled car tires and other similar materials, ground into a fine powder and molded into shingle shape. Being made from rubber, these shingles are also heat and cold resistant and provide an added ultraviolet protection.
Also, rubber shingles provide more insulation than others, thus lowering your energy consumption and subsequent bills. All in all, they are an excellent alternative for those of us who are environmentally conscious.
Thanks to their unique structure and design, rubber roof shingles are easy to install. They come in a standard 3-tab design to fit easily in place. By using a utility knife, you can cut them to shape and fit any corner or awkward space. They’re also lightweight, easy to handle, and do not break, either by accident or when walking over them during installation.
Rubber shingles have a much higher durability threshold than other roofing materials. They can withstand temperature fluctuations with ease, which prevents them from cracking or bending like most other roofing materials. Rubber shingles also don’t absorb water and they resist extreme weather events such as high winds or hail.
Another added benefit to rubber shingles is their natural fire resistance. Not only can they withstand a direct lightning strike without catching fire, but they can also slow or prevent a fire from spreading. Though not completely fireproof, rubber shingles have an “A fire rating” from the American Society for Testing and Materials.
In terms of maintenance, there’s not much to say. Aside from an occasional layer of acrylic paint for aesthetic reasons, your rubber roof shingles will not bother you in any way, shape, or form.
In terms of installation costs, rubber roofing will be around $400 to $800 per square installed (100 square feet). This is dependant on several factors such as the roof’s slope, pitch, and any additional repairs needed. Such an installation will cost you more than asphalt, for example, but less than metal or slate. Yet, in terms of cost-effectiveness, rubber shingles are unmatched.
Their average lifespan is anywhere in between 15 and 30 years. They are energy-efficient, eco-friendly, highly-insulated, and require very little to no maintenance whatsoever. All of these benefits mean rubber shingles have the best quality-price ratio on the market.