Building structures with flat and very low slopping roofs are known for roof leakage problem. This leakage problem is as result of rain water not being able to roll out. The rain water accumulates and suddenly infiltrate via the ceiling. Rubber roofing has proved to be a permanent solution to this problem, by naturally repelling and drying up the rain water.
The Benefits Inherent From Rubber Roofing
There are great benefits in using rubber roof in comparison with the traditional flat roofs. Rubber roof is know for durability up to five decades; while a little crack or tear on felt flat roof can cause leakage. With rubber roofing, repair is not carried out until after about 50 years; it does not tear easily like the felt flat roof. It has the ability of withstanding temperatures within the range of sixty two-three hundred Fahrenheit degrees; it does not require high cost maintenance and its production is easily done by the application of a low cost rubber solution sold in building materials stores.
Rubber roofing increases the worth of your home. Its fire rating is class A; and it is highly favored by a majority of the insurance companies. It insulates excellently and regulates weather in such a way that your heating and air conditioner bills are reduced to the barest minimum.
Another benefit of rubber roofing is that it is cost-effective; it is among the low-priced single ply flat roof materials in the market. Its weight is far less in comparison with the slate roofing tiles.
The Weaknesses Of Rubber Roofing
Notwithstanding its charm, not everyone is attuned to rubber roofing. The rubber roof is originally known as bitumen, but has been modified. It poses challenge to realtors and building contractors most of the times. There is great chance of error during its installation and this can cause a leakage problem that is more horrible than that of felt flat roof. But the good news is that the majority of the rubber roof manufacturers offer certification schemes to ensure proper fitting of their products.
Not everyone is enamored of rubber roofing, however. Modified bitumen roofing systems being erroneously described as “rubber roofing” has sometimes caused realtors and building inspectors a headache. In addition, there is a very low margin of error for roofers. If installed incorrectly, it can leak even worse than felt roofing. Fortunately, most rubber roofing manufacturers offer certification schemes to ensure that their products are fitted properly.
Your own role as the home owner is to ensure that the roofer handling the installation of your rubber roof has the appropriate certification. If you are handling the project by your self as the home owner, then you have to make sure that each seam is flush and also ensure that you don’t leave any gap.
Since rubber roof is a relatively new product, some faults might not have been discovered yet. Their first appearance was over thirty years ago which is the least life spam for this roof type; the first set produced is just beginning to wane.
Nevertheless, rubber roofing still remains the best for flat felt roofs in terms of durability and resistance.