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Kent Roofing: Article About Rubber Shingles: A Green Roofing Alternative

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Most homeowners can count on having to repair or replace their roof at least once every 25 years. A leaky roof can cause serious damage to both a house and, if left unchecked, its precious contents. Asphalt shingles require a high level of maintenance and upkeep. Rubber shingles are an attractive, durable and ecofriendly alternative.

Rubber shingles last longer and require less hassle than their asphalt counterparts. Most manufacturer's warranties will cover their rubber roofs for between 30 and 50 years, or sometimes even for a lifetime. Rubber roofing materials are also surprisingly fire resistant.

Rubber roofing materials are generally made from ethylene propene diene monomer (EPDM), a form of synthetic rubber. EPDM is resistant to weather, ozone and heat. With a maximum service temperature of 150 degrees Centigrade, or 302 degrees Fahrenheit, it is unlikely to melt in hot sunlight, although this is not something people really worry about when it comes to Kent roofing.

In terms of appearance, rubber shingles are very similar to slate roofs and they are available in a range of colors. They are also lighter and cheaper than slate shingles.

The roofing experts at Chase Construction of Kent WA can assist you with any questions regarding residential roofing or metal roofing.

So why are they so kind to the environment? Rubber roofing materials are manufactured from recycled tires, slate dust and sawdust.

When it comes to installing a rubber roof, even the most competent DYI enthusiast should consider leaving the job to a professional. This is especially the case if they are using shingles and not rolls. Much like conventional roofing shingles, rubber shingles are nailed down in overlapping rows. Holes need to be cut for chimneys, dormer windows and antennas before preparing the adhesive.

Unlike some types of roofing materials, rubber shingles cannot be lain on top of an existing roof. In fact, most manufacturers will not recognize warranties if the roof is not stripped down to a plywood base before laying over the new roof. Stripping an old roof down to the decking is good practice in any case. It allows the opportunity to check for leaks, mold or other damage.

Rubber roofs rarely crack or leak. When they do, the remedy is to simply cover the blemishes with either sealant or latex tape. Many homeowners will coat the entire roofing system with liquid rubber or something similar purely to prevent having to perform such maintenance later on. This, along with other aspects of a rubber roof, is something to discuss with a qualified local roofing contractor.

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