Rubber Roof: Cost and Typical Services

While a rubber roof costs more then a traditional asphalt shingle roof, rubber roofs are ideal for use on homes with low sloping or flat roofs. These roofs are durable, pliable and waterproof. 

What Does a Rubber Roof Cost Compared to a Traditional Roof?

Single ply rubber roof systems are not the cheapest way in which to re-roof your home in the short term, it can however, last twice as long as traditional types of roofing. In addition to lasting longer, you will also save on energy costs, so long term, a rubber roof will save you money.

However, it is the initial out of pocket costs associated with a rubber roof that turn some homeowners off. Roof material is typically measured by the square, which means 100 square feet. Traditional asphalt roofing shingles will run you around $100.00 per square. Rubber roofing, on the other hand will run you around $300.00 to $400.00 per square.

What Other Costs are Associated with Rubber Roofs?

A rubber roof is typically installed on top of the pre-existing shingles. A layer of foam is applied to the top of the existing roof--without tearing it off--which will serve as a layer of insulation. Then the entire roof is covered with the rubber roof material.

This method cuts down on time and high labor costs by reducing the amount of time and preparation that is needed to install your new roof. You will typically save about $100.00 with this method.

Maintenance Tips for Your Rubber Roof

Rubber roofs are fairly low maintenance, so your upkeep cost is not as high as it would be with a traditional asphalt shingle roof. Regular maintenance will keep your rubber roof in great shape.

Three to four times a year, you should clean and seal your rubber roof. You can do this by cleaning it with a rubber roof cleaner  then sealing it with a rubber roof treatment. By doing these cleaning and treatment solutions, you will help prevent mold and mildew from growing. You will also reduce the chalk like spotting that occurs naturally over time with a rubber roof.

Every few weeks, take a large push broom and sweep up any materials, such as branches and leaves, that have settled on your roof. Sweeping also helps prevent mildew spots.

The material that rubber roofs are made often have a cosmetic failure called “Chalking”. As your roof ages, the surface begins to loose its pigment. This causes it to appear white and sometimes have a chalky finish. This is a natural process a rubber roof goes through.

You can usually remove these streaks with hot water and a good, strong soap.

Also keep your roof free from mildew and mold growth. Rubber roofs that have a white pigment do not get hot enough to kill fungus, so mildew will spread rapidly. Use a strong cleaner that has oxidation components to remove the mildew. You can then use bleach and water to try to remove the mildew stain.