Brookline Roofing: Article About Rubber Shingle Benefits For Homeowners

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Traditionally, single ply rubber roofing systems have been used for business applications, but today's designer options are beginning to attract many homeowners. Made of ethylene propylene diene monomer, the advantages for homeowners far outweigh the disadvantages. For example, modern day rubber shingles are not susceptible to the sun's ultraviolet rays. Along with their ability to withstand strong wind gusts and large balls of hail, rubber shingles can last up to 50 years or even more.

Ease of maintenance is another benefit. While all roofing materials require regular inspections by a local Brookline roofing contractor, rubber roofs will need few repairs. Leaks are easy to fix with special tapes or liquid sealants specifically designed for rubber. Damage to the flashing is more likely, but that can easily be taken care of by a professional. A roofing expert will also be able to spot tears and pinholes a homeowner might miss in the rubber.

Rubber shingles come in a variety of thicknesses. The best type will depend on the design of the home, its geographical area, the pitch of the roof and other factors. Generally, thicker rubber means better protection, but even thinner products are fire resistant. Some insurance companies offer reduced rates for homeowners who install a rubber roof, so along with its ability to conserve energy costs, lighter colored products can help reduce monthly expenses.

The expert roofers from Capital Construction of Brookline would be happy to answer any question you have about plaster and painting or carpentry.

Rubber products work to insulate the home by holding heat in and keeping cold air out. Rubber also won't freeze and crack in snowy climates.

For a long time, the drawback to single ply roofing materials for homeowners has been its appearance. Large black membrane rolls were common, which interfered with a home's curb appeal. Today, rubber roofing comes in many designs and colors. Environmentally friendly, the shingles are often made from assorted recycled materials, such as plastic bags, sawdust and rubber tires. The latest technology has enabled manufacturers to create products that look similar to slate shingles, but they are much lighter than slate and come with all of the benefits associated with a typical rolled rubber roof.

Rubber shingles are more durable than tile. They won't crack or break when walked on. Often, they can be installed over the top of the current roof, eliminating tear off costs for the homeowner. Although they do have to be installed by a professional, as they are nailed in place like traditional shingles, roofing experts will be able to cut and shape the shingles to fit difficult areas.

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