Traditional roof shingles are made from slate, wood, bitumen-soaked paper, ceramic or asbestos and have been in use for several years, but rubber roof shingles have many benefits. With the advancement of technology, traditional roof shingles have given way to this more versatile material. If you are considering using roof shingles, you may want to look at the various benefits of rubber roof shingles. Here is a list of some of the benefits of using rubber roof shingles instead of traditional roof shingles.
Benefit 1 - Price
Rubber roof shingles not only resemble traditional shingles but are much cheaper than traditional shingles. If you are looking for a cost-effective system, rubber shingles could be the answer. By installing rubber roof shingles you are making sure that your shingles will not be destroyed by pests, thereby bringing down the overall cost. Rubber roof shingles are a fraction of the cost of traditional roof shingles.
Benefit 2 - Durability
Rubber roof shingles are not only cheaper but they are durable as well. These shingles have a guaranteed lifetime of 30 years, some even last up to 50 years. Rubber roof shingles are extremely strong, sturdy and flexible. Once you have installed rubber roof shingles on your home, you can sit back and relax knowing that for the next 30 years you will not have to worry about changing them. Though rubber roof shingles are not completely fireproof, they have been awarded an “A” fire rating by the American Society for Testing and Materials. You can also add additional fireproofing apart from the original fireproofing that the rubber shingles come with.
Benefit 3 - Easy Installation
Rubber roof shingles are not difficult to install, due to their unique structure. The installation process is much like any other wooden or asphalt product. Using a normal utility knife you can cut and shape the rubber shingles to fit any corner or space. Rubber roof shingles come in a standard 3-tab design so that you can slot them into place easily. The rubber roof shingles do not break even if by accident you walk on them during installation. They are also lightweight and easy to handle.
Benefit 4 - Eco Friendly
Rubber roof shingles are made from recycled tires and other materials that are ground into a powder and molded into the shape of the shingle. They are completely recyclable and are a great choice for those who are environmentally conscious. Rubber roof shingles are heat and cold resistant and also serve as protection from ultraviolet radiation.
Benefit 5 - Low Maintenance
Rubber roof shingles are much easier to maintain when compared to traditional roof shingles. Although a shingle may fall off or tear due to the rubber expanding or contracting, it can very easily be repaired using some adhesive and spare parts. If there are splits, they can be filled with a rubber liquid sealant. You can also choose to have the whole roof coated with the liquid sealant and reduce the already low maintenance factor by a considerable margin.