Advantages and Disadvantages of Rubber Roofing

Rubber roofing is one of the most economical and durable roofing options available to both residential and commercial facilities. While rarely seen on homes, it is becoming more popular for commercial buildings for its many long-term benefits. If you’re interested in rubber roofing, you should understand the advantages and disadvantages first before contacting your MaintenX roofing contractor for installation information:


Rubber roofing is highly durable.

Rubber roofs are substantially more durable to weather and falling debris from trees and storms. This is arguably its greatest advantage, as rubber roofing provides the following benefits that most commercial roofing does not: 


  • Rubber doesn’t chip or break like asphalt shingles or terra cotta
  • It’s made to be resistant to drying and cracking in the sun
  • Because the rubber is rolled out instead of being installed shingle by shingle, it is less prone to leaks
  • It is also fire-resistant
  • Rubber roofing will last up to 50 years with proper care 


However, limited contractors make installation services difficult to find. 

Because rubber isn’t as common of roofing material as shingles or concrete for commercial buildings, it can be tricky to find an experienced contractor in your area. However, MaintenX works with contractors who are capable of installing high-quality rubber roofing, so you don’t need to worry when you call us!


This roofing material is easy to repair.

This roofing material is easier to repair than most. You can use liquid rubber or a rubber tape to repair the roofing. However, it is unlikely that you’ll need to repair your rubber roof except for cases of severe building damage. These roofs are made to withstand leaks and weather damage. 


But, you have limited color options. 

Rubber roofing is almost always black, which limits your aesthetic choices initially. A black roof can heat up the building in the summertime, causing interior cooling costs to rise (though not to a significant degree). Luckily, this can be easily remedied with a rubber paint job. If you don’t like the look of a black roof or are worried about increased cooling costs, talk to your MaintenX roofer about paint options for rubber. 


Rubber is an eco-friendly option. 

Rubber roofing is often made of recycled materials and can be recycled once more if it is damaged or replaced. This makes rubber roofing more environmentally friendly than other types of manufactured materials. Fitting solar panels on a rubber roof is also simple. With the addition of solar panels, you can significantly reduce your energy costs (and decrease heat absorption), making your roof incredibly environmentally friendly. 


Rubber is inexpensive.

One of the main factors driving rubber roof installation is cost. Rubber roofing is light and easy to install, so typically the labor cost is significantly reduced when compared to shingles or terra cotta roofing. And because rubber is made of recycled materials, it’s a more affordable material than other types of commercial roofing. 


If you’re looking to replace or build a new commercial roof, contact MaintenX today! We can help you choose the right material for your needs and budget, and deliver superior service every time. 

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