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Is A Rubber Roof the Right Choice for Your Beaumont, Tx Business?
What is a rubber roof?
Rubber roofs, also known as EPDM (ethylene propylene diene terpolymer) roofs are gaining popularity, and for good reason. It is an inexpensive and durable roofing option. Rubber roofing is made of a combination of slate dust, saw dust, and recycled tires. It can be purchased in rolls or tiles, depending upon the aesthetic you are looking for. They are commonly used for the primary or base roofs. They are most commonly used on flat topped buildings
How are they installed?
It is important to use licensed installers. They are installed differently than typical roofs. Many flattop roofs are covered first with rolls. These are usually able to be installed in single sheets, which means there are fewer seams and therefore less likely to lead to leaks. These rolls are installed by first, cleaning and coating the roof deck with a sticky adhesive. Then the rolls are measured, cut, and unrolled. The installers then ensure that there are no bubbles or bumps.
Shingles can be installed on top of these sheets for a more traditional and attractive look. In this case, the shingles are sealed and taped, then they are nailed down, this is usually done in even rows.
Things to consider:
There are really only a couple drawbacks to them. The first is that they must be installed in dry, warm conditions. The rubber can shrink and expand depending with temperature changes. Another small concern is the possibility of punctures from falling objects. The final consideration is color changes over time, materials can fade over time.
What are some of the benefits?
• Cost-effective – roof rolls are typically less than $1 per square foot. Tiles typically cost around $6 per square foot. While these rubber tiles may cost more than asphalt tiles, but less than most slate tiles.
• Durable – when properly installed, these roofs can last up to 20 years.
• Low-maintenance – these roofs are incredibly sturdy and they can be repaired on yourself. Most leaks can be repaired with: latex tape, sealant, or even liquid rubber. Another option is to attach a rubber tile over the area.
Overall, the drawbacks to rubber roofing are very minor and the benefits make it the perfect choice for many business owners wanting to hire a roofing contractor.