Everyone knows about asphalt shingles and metal roofing, but so many people are unaware of rubber roofing. If you're in the market for a new roof for your home, it's time to learn a little about rubber roofing to determine if it is an option that is suitable for you.

Types of Rubber Roofing

There are two different types of rubber roofing – shingles and rolls.

Rubber Shingles – This type of rubber roofing is used to finish and protect pitched roof homes. From the ground, you'd never know that the material on the roof is rubber as the shingles are created to look like traditional asphalt shingles. You'll get all of the benefits of rubber roofing with the look of traditional shingles.

Rubber Rolls – This type of rubber roofing is used to finish flat roofs. The rubber is rolled over the surface and then covered with gravel. The gravel reduces the amount of heat that the roof absorbs. In recent years, manufacturers have begun producing light-colored rubber rolls to decrease the heat that is produced in the sun.

Benefits of Rubber Roofing

Lifespan – The lifespan of asphalt shingles is roughly 15-20 years. The lifespan of rubber shingles is 30-50 years. It's not hard to figure out which is better.

Maintenance – When asphalt shingles are damaged, you have to get up on the roof, remove the damaged shingle and carefully position a new one in its place. Usually, the replaced shingle can be seen from the ground below as the color will be slightly different than the rest of the roof. When rubber shingles are damaged, you don't have to remove the shingle. Instead, a rubber roof repair kit is used. This kit includes rubber sealant that is applied to the shingle to repair any cracks or tears that may occur over the next 30-50 years.

Durability – Mother Nature is no match when it comes to rubber roofing. Wind, rain, hail, snow and ice are tolerated very well by rubber roofing. Asphalt roofing needs the gritty surface to protect the roof, but the rubber roofing doesn't. So, as the gritty surface is washed off of the traditional roofing materials, the rubber roofing continues to do its job.

Talk with your local roofing services to learn more about rubber roofing shingles. He or she will discuss your needs and your budget and come up with a plan that will not only look great, but will protect your home for many, many years to come.