An environmentally friendly late-comer that entered the residential roofing market in 1993, high-tech modern rubber roof shingles can offer the desirable appearance of modern shingles with few of the disadvantages. Made from millions of processed, recycled tires and various manufacturing processes, these shingles are made by shredding and grinding tires. The rubber is then heated and formed by molding. The product may be coated with additional materials to achieve the attractive look of upscale roofing choices such as slate, cedar shakes, and architectural asphalt shingles in a variety of colours.
Why Choose Rubber For Your Roof Shingles?
Rubber shingles are highly durable and are lighter than asphalt products. The composition may vary with the manufacturing process, but the shingles are tough, have a Class A fire rating, and being flexible and tough, can be walked upon without fear of causing damage. They do not curl up or crack like asphalt products. Hail is of no consequence, and wind resistance is superior. A maintenance free product, rubber shingles are not easily susceptible to damage and offer superior insulating qualities.
Molded rubber is a superior-performing product in roofing applications. Rubber shingles do not rust or rot, are resistant to mold, insects, and extreme winds. Damage by hail or flying debris is eliminated by the flexibility of rubber. Warranties of 30 to 50 years, lifetime and longer are available which suggest a virtually indestructible product.
Installation of these shingles is the same process as the installation of asphalt products. The roof deck should be solid and even. Installation is completed using galvanized roofing nails. With the longer life expectancy of rubber, high grade flashing and accessories should be included.
Ideal Applications for Rubber Shingles
For heritage properties that require a traditional distinguished look of slate, cedar shakes, or dimensioned shingles, rubber offers a far less expensive choice. For difficult-to-access roofs and geographical locations with extreme weather, long-life rubber shingles are an excellent, durable product.
Rating of Rubber Shingles
A Class A fire rating, the best rating possible against proximal fire has been earned by these molded high-performance shingles. Insurance rates may be reduced with the application of rubber shingles.
Even severe hail offers no threat to flexible rubber roofing. A top Class 4 impact rating is earned by these high-performance shingles.
Rubber shingles are a high-performance product that can resist winds up to 80mph if properly installed.
Depending upon the manufacturing process, rubber shingles can be three or four times more costly than their asphalt equivalent , but considering the far longer life of the installed roof, may be actually less expensive . Rubber imitations are far lower in cost than the high end slate, cedar shakes and architectural shingles they mimic.
A rubber shingle roof is lighter than an asphalt roof, and only a fraction of the weight of slate.
Warranties offered vary from 30 to 50 years, and even long as double lifetime are available for various rubber shingle products. Rubber may be considered to be a lifetime roofing solution.
The beauty and appearance of rubber shingles offered in various colours can mimic high end slate, cedar shakes, or other upscale roofing products at a fraction of the cost. With high curb appeal, these shingles offer great aesthetic value. The only negative factor commonly noted with this product is the new tire smell of a new installation which dissipates after a few weeks.
Recycle that Roof!
Millions of used automotive and other tires are recycled to make rubber shingles. The shingles themselves also recyclable and an environmentally superior choice.
Want to avoid having to replace your roof in 30 years? Get the heritage beauty and durability of slate or cedar shakes at a fraction of the cost. Choose rubber!