Rubber roofing materials can be installed in rolls, sheets or individual molded roofing tiles, typically made from EPDM (ethylene propylene diene terpolymer) synthetic rubber. Because of its strength, ease of application and lasting design flexibility EPDM is a popular choice for low-sloping roofing applications. Rubber roofing materials are available in rolls that can be interlocked to form a roofing system, or in sheet or tile forms. These flexible roofing systems are made with an interlocking tape and tongue-and-groove joint construction which make them easy to install and replace as required.
The major benefit of rubber roofing tiles or rolls is that they provide maximum energy efficiency due to the material’s ability to expand and contract when temperature changes are experienced during prolonged use. These roofing systems have also been found to be highly useful on sloped roofing structures where flat roofs would be a cumbersome and unsightly option. For these types of installations, the combination of flat roofing and rubber roofing membrane roofing are the ideal choices.
Flat roofing is another type of roofing system that utilizes rubber tiles or rolled roofing materials. These roofing materials are very popular on many multi-sloped residential buildings and commercial structures. As the name implies, the roofing materials roll over flat roofs and form a waterproof layer beneath the surface. When compared to traditional flat roofing systems, the rubber roofing membrane provides a more rigid, durable and aesthetically pleasing roofing surface.
To this end, rubber sheet roofing membranes are preferred by roofing contractors when constructing a new roof structure for a commercial building or a multi-story residential residence. These roofing materials are also utilized in many industrial buildings where heavy snow or ice accumulation may compromise a roof. The rubber roofing sheet can also prevent water intrusion into underground masonry structures or storage tanks. Another advantage to using rubber roofing sheets or mats is that they can be used in virtually any climate condition, as long as the correct climate software is installed.
Rubber roofing materials are often recommended for use on flat roof structures because of their fire retardant properties. Rubber materials are resistant to oil, grease and other petroleum based products that are commonly found in most roofing applications. Because rubber roofing materials are easily damaged by burning, roofers will often use these roofing materials on their flat roof structures, especially in areas that receive little or no rain or snow.
Many rubber roofing materials also feature ease of installation. This makes them an excellent choice for many business owners. Many rubber roofing contractors recommend these materials for installation projects that may include installation of tile, metal roofing, shingles and slate roofing. They are also recommended by roofing contractors for installation projects that involve installing a composite deck and other specialty roofing materials.
There are several factors to consider when choosing whether to utilize rubber roofing installation processes or not. If a roof has an arbor that needs to be implemented, this roofing process should not be employed. The cost of this roofing process can be significantly increased if a roof arbor is not properly implemented. Rubber materials are also more susceptible to degradation when exposed to moisture.
The final factor to consider is the application of the rubber rolled roofing installation process. Different types of roofing systems require different application methods. Some roofing systems are more easily applied with one adhesive while others require multiple adhesives. In some cases, a flat roofing system requires the use of only one adhesive but multiple roofing systems may require a combination of different adhesives. It is best to contact your roofing contractor to discuss which adhesive may be best for your project.