Advantages and Disadvantages of Rubber Roofing for Your Home

Rubber roofing is one of the newest options on the market. This environmentally friendly material has many advantages to boast of. But, like with any new technology, there are some important limitations to consider. Here are some of both the advantages and disadvantages to consider.


There are several advantages to consider when using rubber roofing, not least of all its low price to install. So, let’s take a look at a few of these.


One of the best features of rubber roofing is its durability. Asphalt shingles don’t hold up that well to extreme temperatures or powerful winds and tend to crack. Whereas rubber roofing is very resistant to similar conditions and even stands up to hail. That makes rubber roofing a great choice for areas prone to extreme weather conditions.


Even with all the advantages of rubber roofs, they still cost less than other types of roofs. One of the reasons these roofs cost less is the lower cost of installation. Rubber roofing is lighter than other roofing materials, such as shingles or asphalt. So, it requires less labor to install.

Although a rubber roof is not prone to leaks, if it does leak, it’s easy to repair. There’s a tape made to repair rubber which can easily be used to repair the roof, and it’s quite effective. Although, liquid rubber can also be used for repairs.

Environmentally Friendly

Rubber roofs are generally made from recycled materials. Also, when the roof is no longer needed, the rubber can be recycled. Additionally, manufacturing rubber roofing takes less energy than other common roofing materials. So, rubber roofing is an excellent choice for those who want an environmentally friendly roof.


Rubber roofing is exceptionally durable and lasts a long time. It typically comes in rolls and then is laid out on the roof to fit. So, the roof has very few seams. This makes for a low-maintenance roof since most leaks occur at the seams. Better yet, most rubber roofs are UV resistant and can last as long as 50 years. So, you won’t have to worry about a new roof for a long time.

Fire Resistant

Like shingles, rubber roofs are fire-resistant. In fact, it’s nearly impossible to set fire to a rubber roof even if you try. They can even help keep a fire from spreading.


Despite its several advantages, there are a few potentially negative points to consider. Let’s take a look at a few of them.

Professional Installation Required

Rubber roofs do require professional installation. So, for those who plan to save some money by installing their roof themselves, this may not be the best choice. Though this can be ill-advised with any system, it is particularly vital to have a rubber roof properly installed by a professional. If the roof is not installed properly, it may result in problems in the future, and the warranty may be void.


Rubber roofs are generally black, and black roofs tend to make a home hotter. But, this needn’t be a problem. You can paint the roof a light color, and it will not only make your house cooler but make the roof more durable as well.

Final Thoughts

Rubber roofing is among the newest roofing material options available today. Though they can be difficult to install, this material can be among the longest-lasting and most environmentally friendly options on the market when installed professionally.

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