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What To Consider Before You Install A New Rubber Roof

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Rubber roofing is quickly becoming a popular choice for both homeowners and contractors alike, due to the incredible versatility and dependability of rubber as a roofing material. With outstanding longevity, low maintenance requirements, easy installation, and appealing aesthetic options, it can be hard to believe that you could get so much from a new rubber roof. So if you're a homeowner that's interested in all of the advantages that rubber roofing brings to your life, there are a few things you need to consider before you install one.

Understand Your Options

Rubber roofing typically comes in three forms: liquid, shingle, and roll. Though choosing one type of rubber for your residential installation can give you a resilient roof for up to a 50 years, you may have to either choose one over another or opt for a combination to ensure that you're getting the best results for your home.

For example, liquid rubber roofing is a viable option that works over a large number of surfaces, but it will add little aesthetic appeal to your home and it may need to be combined with rolls or shingles to get the strongest result. Rolls are seamless, so they're incredibly leak-resistant, and they are suitable for a wide range of roofs, including flat roofs, but they also add little beauty to your home. Rubber shingles give the most aesthetically-appealing results as they can mimic the look of both asphalt or slate, but they require more time to install than rolls or liquid rubber roofing. 

Follow Manufacturer's Guidelines

Though you can be tempted to avoid preparations for a new rubber roof, it pays to follow the manufacturer's guidelines. Manufacturers of rubber roofs will sometimes warranty a new roof for a lifetime, when properly installed. But if you've skipped removing old roofing material or haven't installed the new rubber roof according to guidelines, you may end up with leaks in your roof and your wallet down the road.

You Might Need A Professional

Rubber roofs offer homeowner's an easier installation than other building options, as rolls can be spread and attached within hours, shingles are lighter than both asphalt and slate, and liquid rubber typically pours on and dries. But rubber roofs can also require professional assistance for the best results. If you have a minimal slope on your roof, or flat roof, hiring a professional is a must, because rubber can end up pooling water without additional preparations. If you don't have experience with rubber roofing installation, or roofing in general, hiring a professional, like those at B & B Sheet Metal And Roofing Inc, for this project can save you the damage and trouble that comes with a poor installation.