5 Common Misconceptions About Rubber Roofing

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5 Common Misconceptions About Rubber Roofing

29 September 2015
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Blog


Rubber has become increasingly popular as a roofing material in recent years. However, many misconceptions remain about this material that deter homeowners from choosing it even when it's probably the best option. 

The following are six common misconceptions of rubber roofing that you should be aware of if you're considering rubber for a roofing material:

It will permanently smell bad.

Many homeowners assume that a rubber roof will make their homes permanently smell like tires. Even worse, some homeowners looking at roofing materials assume that a rubber roof will smell like trash because it's made of recycled materials. 

Although a rubber roof might initially give off a rubber smell for a short period of time after installation, this smell will not be permanent. Eventually, the smell will dissipate as the roof is exposed to the elements. 

It will be susceptible to hail damage.

Most people don't consider rubber a strong material when it comes to resisting the sharp punctures that can result from hail showers. This deters homeowners living in a region that's prone to hail from choosing rubber as a roofing material.

In fact, heavy duty rubber roofing can show impressive resistance to impact damage from hailstorms. Furthermore, the resilience of rubber means that a rubber roof is much more resistant to developing dents and chips from hail than roofing materials like metal and ceramic tile. 

It looks cheap.

Modern rubber roofs can be designed to mimic the appearance of many different roofing materials. There are even rubber roofing options out there that can mimic the appearance of slate roofing so convincingly that your own neighbors won't be able to tell the difference.

Rubber is only an effective material for flat roofs.

Rubber has gained a reputation for being the material of choice for flat roofs because traditional materials like shingles and slate aren't able to protect against moisture penetration on flat roofs.

However, this doesn't mean that rubber isn't appropriate for sloped roofs. In fact, certain rubber roof designs can be just effective at covering sloped roofs as they are at providing an impenetrable moisture barrier on flat roofs. 

Polymer tile roofs are rubber roofs.

Many people assume that polymer tile roofing is made of rubber. In fact, polymer tiles are actually made from a type of refined plastic.

Polymer tiles don't have some of the impact resistance advantages of rubber roofing. Also, rubber roofing is more commonly and completely manufactured from recycled materials than polymer tile roofing. 

If you're interested in rubber roofing, contact a company like Economy Roofing.