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5 Benefits of an Eco-Friendly Rubber Roof

Whether you’re looking for a roof with recycled content or whether you’re drawn to rubber roofing because it’s long lasting and low maintenance, you’ll find this type of roofing has a lot to offer. This material is a great option if you’re hoping to sell your house in an eco-conscious area or if you’re planning to take advantage of the roof’s longevity yourself.

This guide lists some of the benefits that a rubber roof offers and how it helps make your home more eco-friendly.

1. Long Lifespan

A rubber roof can offer long-lasting cover for your home. In fact, rubber roofing can last half a century, which is comparable to a good-quality steel roof or a well-kept cedar or tile roof.

The materials lifespan depends on what type of rubber roofing you choose and what manufacturer you get it from. Like asphalt shingles, rubber roofing can come in a variety of price points, some of which come with greater durability and longer warranties than others do.

2. Recycled Content

Recycled content is often used when making rubber roofing because so many tons of this material is readily available from tires at the ends of their lifetimes. Of course, the higher the recycled content of the product you buy, the better. You can even find some roofing options with over 90% recycled content.

Crushed tires are post-consumer recycled content, which optimizes the potential usefulness of the material. Post-industrial content is also typically marketed as recycled content, even though this label means the manufacturers are gathering their odds and ends for reuse rather than throwing them away.

3. Recyclability

Both recycled and new rubber can, of course, be recycled once your roof is done with them. You just want to make sure you steer clear of any composite products. That’s because composite means that multiple materials (such as rubber and plastic) are fused together, so taking them apart for recycling is unfeasible or impossible.

A high-quality rubber roof may last longer than you’ll keep living at that house. So when you move out and sell the place, just be sure to tell the new owners that the roof is made of recycled materials and that they can recycle it again.

4. Paint-Readiness

Unlike an asphalt roof, painting your rubber roof won’t damage its surface or make the roof look strange. Paint can prevent the reflective granules of an asphalt roof from working, which is why manufacturers don’t typically advise painting asphalt shingles. However, with a rubber roof, you can paint as much as you want —as you use the right type of paint (a specialized rubber roof paint).

Therefore, you can paint your rubber roofing any color you want, but why is that important for eco-friendliness? Mainly because you can paint it a lighter color, which can save a lot of energy since black rubber isn’t very reflective. In addition, you can easily apply a cool roof coating as well, enhancing reflectivity even further.

5. Low Maintenance Requirements

Many types of roofing materials require regular maintenance to keep rot and decay from deteriorating the material. Rubber roof materials aren’t like that — in fact, they hardly require any work at all. Rubber roofs still need professional inspections on occasion, but they mostly just need an occasional cleaning and re-sealing between inspections.

As you can see, rubber roofing in itself can be quite an impressive eco-friendly product. As a side benefit, manufacturers offering rubber roofing tend to be eco-conscious companies. This means they’re likely to have other eco-friendly business practices as well, so you can feel great about supporting them.

Whether you’re looking for a rubber roof installation or whether you’d like information on some other type of residential roofing, call A&W Custom Carpentry and Roofing for details and price quotes.

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