Rubber Roofing Shingles – Exciting New Technology for Innovative Roof Solutions
Rubber roofing shingles are manufactured using new technology that recycles products to generate shingles that look almost identical to the conventional cedar shake, tile and slate shingles but cost just a fraction of their price. Rubber roofing shingles are not just cheaper but also considerably lighter.
The manufacturing process for rubber roofing shingles involves recycling plastic bags, rubber tires and polyvinylchloride items like pipes. To create a texture that mimics natural shingles, other components will be included such as saw dust for cedar shake look-alikes and slate dust to create recycled slate shingles.
Rubber roofing shingles are suitable alternatives to just about any kind of conventional roof shingles. They are especially suited for re-roofing projects involving older or historic buildings where it is desirable to create a look and feel resembling the older roof, but economic realities make it difficult to invest such a large amount in getting genuine slate, wood or metal roofing shingles.
Rubber roofs are also very resistant to pests, and do not crack, peel or chip off the roof. They are fire proof and water proof, avoiding the dangers of a leaky roof and offer excellent insulation to the building. Because of all these benefits, rubber roofing shingles are gaining popularity among informed home owners.
Manufacturing Process for Rubber Roofing Shingles
Recycled tires are used to manufacture rubber shingles. The tread is sliced into pieces and then buffed to outline the rubber shingle, which is later coated with suitable material like sawdust to create a textured appearance. In some shingles the tread is retained so that the steel belting adds to the structural integrity. Plastic tabs may be attached so that nailing the rubber shingles to the roof becomes easier.
Some manufacturers use a different process. They heat recycled rubber materials and then inject them under high pressure into suitably shaped molds where the shingles set and harden. These shingles are remarkably similar to cedar shake or clay tile shingles. The weight is lesser and structural strength comparable to the natural roofing materials.
Are Rubber Roofing Shingles Durable?
Rubber shingles are just as strong and long lasting as other conventional shingle types. They are sturdy, strong and flexible. Most manufacturers offer 30 year warranties for rubber roofing shingles, and some even extend this to 50 years or longer.
There are very few problems with storing, shipping, using and installing rubber roofing shingles. In the long term, they are very efficient and reliable. Being lighter and cost effective are further advantages. The biggest problem is their cost, which is 4 times more than asphalt roofing shingles. When you consider that rubber roofing is less likely to require any maintenance or repair work, then the cost savings over the long run may well justify this higher upfront expense.
Rubber roofing shingles have the highest fire rating scores, indicating that they are resistant to extremes of temperature. Insurers are satisfied and appreciative of rubber roofing shingles as their homeowners won’t be filing claims as frequently as with other buildings. Rubber shingles are also resistant to winds for upto 80 mph. On balance rubber roofing shingles provide a viable alternative to home owners who are considering a shingle roof but don’t have any specific preferences in mind.