A flat roof gives your home a unique appearance, and it also provides space for a rooftop patio or storage. However, one problem with flat roofs is that rain doesn't flow off them quickly like it does off of sloped roofs. That increases the potential for roof leaks. To avoid this problem, you need to install a special type of roofing material. One popular choice is rubber. Here's why you may want to go with rubber when it's time to replace your roof.
Rubber Is Lightweight And Easy To Install
Rubber roofing is available in rolls of thin sheets. It's applied by rolling it out on the roof and securing it with adhesive. The material is lightweight, so there are no problems with it being too heavy for the structure of your home to support. Being lightweight means it is also fairly easy to install. While hiring a rubber roofing contractor is the best way to ensure the job is done properly, if you have DIY skills, you can probably install the roof yourself if you're allowed to do so by your city's code regulations.
Rubber Roofs Form A Tight Seal
Since the roofing material is rolled out in large sheets, there are very few seams that can develop leaks. The places where two sheets join together are fused with adhesive that cures into a solid waterproof barrier. That leaves your entire roof covered in a continuous piece of watertight material that protects your home from water leaks. It doesn't matter if rain pools on your roof or if strong wind blows the rain in various directions, there is no way for rain to penetrate the roofing material – as long as it has not been damaged.
Rubber Roofing Is Easy To Repair And Maintain
One potential problem with rubber roofing is that it can be punctured. This might happen if a heavy tree limb falls on it or if you use the roof as a patio and someone walks on it with high-heeled shoes. Fortunately, rubber roofing is very easy to repair. All you have to do is apply a piece of rubber patch material with adhesive. The repairs are similar to the way you repair a puncture in an air mattress. The surface must be clean and dry. You cut a piece of rubber roofing material the size of the puncture and then secure it in place with adhesive.
You'll also need to inspect your roof regularly, just like you would with any other roofing material. This allows you to spot any damage that might be present from limbs landing on the roof. Also, if you plan to walk on your roof frequently, you can protect the rubber material by placing pavers on top of it so shoes and patio chairs won't hurt it.
Rubber roofing might also help with your power bills. The material is usually black, which absorbs heat. This could reduce your heating bills in the winter. However, you can also install rubber roofing that is a lighter color and reflects UV rays, so your home stays cooler in the summer. In addition to all these benefits, rubber roofing is fairly inexpensive when compared to other roofing materials. The price can be as low as 50 cents per square foot.
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