Membrane roofs refer to flat roofs or low slope roofs that provide water barrier with a membrane continually to the building. Rubber is an ideal material for such kind of roofing. Rubber roofing is cheaper alternative to metal, stale and other types of conventional roofing for covering extensions, garages, sheds, gutters, trailers, balconies, verandas etc.
Rubber roof shingles and whole roofing are the two major roofing systems. Rubber shingles are lighter shingles, which look similar to conventional shingles but made up of synthetic or natural rubber and its installation is relatively easy. Moreover, you can them into any required shape using normal knives. They are available in different colors. Whole system consist of large seamless rubber membranes rolled over the roof deck as well as joists. They are glued to the structure using cold adhesives. Due to its long seamless feature, it has better waterproof capabilities than other systems.
EPDM (Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer) rubber roofing comprise of large sheets of synthetic rubber membranes, which require adhesives like cement, caulking etc for sealing. These sheets have greater resistance to harmful radiations from space and they provide good insulation. These sheets are highly elongative and flexible. They are available in dark grey colors resembling natural slates and some other cover colors. It does not allow accumulation of dirt. It has smooth finish and there is no need for shaping before installation. Though this-roofing membranes look thin, they are quite strong enough to with stand the weight of people walking over the top.
Rubber roofing require less maintenance compared to some other covering materials. They are energy efficient. They are durable and recyclable. They are weather resistant and low-cost system. These sheets are recyclable and hence eco-friendly. If there is wear and tear to the rubber shingles due to its expansion and contraction depending upon the weather, you can fix it with adhesives or replace it with another piece. Rubber shingles contains recycled used tires, slate dust or sawdust and other eco-friendly materials. They cost a fraction of what conventional shingles cost and they do not break. This system can last between 25 years and 50 years depending upon the rubber composition.
There are DIY rubber roofing kits available for those who prefer doing their tops on their own. It is easy to slot in rubber shingles. You can improve the longevity and efficiency of the whole roofing by providing another coat of sealant. Liquid roofing (rubber) involves spraying and rolling the liquid rubber to create the membrane. It is suitable for buildings in the warmer weather locations where it will set soon. It has greater elasticity compared to other rubber-based tops. You can create a top using liquid rubber even on wooden plywood or some other existing roof materials. Rubber roofing lets water to drain away quicker and never retains it on surface unlike some other materials. You can fix the long roofing over the existing conventional systems and save money on dismantling existing root. It will give an extra layer of protection to the building.