Rubber Roofing Explained: Cost, Types, Pros, and Cons (2022)

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Whether you’re on the hunt for trusted flat roofing material, a more durable alternative to asphalt shingles, or even a protective layer over your existing roof, rubber very well might be your answer.

Rubber roofing can refer to any of three compounds of single-ply, membrane roofing materials suited for low-slope roofs – EPDM, TPO, and PVC – as well as rubber shingles. Each of these types of roofing comes with distinct benefits, drawbacks, and costs.

Fortunately, we know a thing or two about rubber roofs, and as it just so happens, we’ve already highlighted the costs, pros, and cons of EPDM, TPO, and PVC in our review of the best flat roofing materials.

In this article, we’ll dig deeper into the positives and negatives of these rubber roofing materials. Then, we’ll explore the ins and outs of rubber shingles and whether they suit your new roof project.

On This Page:

  • How Much Does a Rubber Roof Cost?
  • Types of Rubber Roofing
  • What About Rubber Shingles?
  • Rubber Roofing: in Summary

How Much Does a Rubber Roof Cost?

Single-ply rubber roofing costs anywhere from $5.50 to $10 per square foot.

The final cost largely depends on the specific material. The thickness of said material and whether the installer fully adheres (glues, more expensive), mechanically fastens (screws, more affordable), or uses ballast (layers of stone, the most affordable), also plays a role in pricing.

Additionally, project costs will increase if you need to tear off existing materials and add decking or insulation during the roof replacement. Penetrations such as skylights, HVAC units, and chimneys will also add to costs as they introduce more roof installation complications.

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Types of Rubber Roofing

Rolls of rubber sheets are mainly used on flat roofs. Even so, they can also work in pitched settings as a primary material or atop an existing structure, particularly metal roofs. Rubber shingles, on the other hand, should only be used on pitched roofs.

Single-Ply Roofing

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Installation cost per square foot: $4.50-$10.50.

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What We LikeWhat We Don't Like
60 year lifespanBlack color absorbs heat
Easy-to-installNot the prettiest in some cases
Fire and hail resistantPotential for shrinkage
Affordable

Ethylene Propylene Diene Terpolymer, a synthetic rubber that everyone calls EPDM even though it’s a Terpolymer, not a Monomer, is technically the only roofing system among the three single-ply options we compare in this article chiefly made of rubber.

Polymers and definitions aside, EPDM rubber roofing is tried and true.

Many roofers prefer EPDM because it can be installed using a singular, seamless sheet for many projects as opposed to multiple, layered rolls.

Many building owners prefer EPDM because it’s fire-resistant and holds up well to hail. Of course, there’s also EPDM’s persuasive track record. A 2010 study by the EPDM Roofing Association showed that 30-year-old EPDM membrane samples could last another 20-plus years through aging tests.

With pricing between $4.50 and $10.50 per square foot, EPDM roofs are also the most affordable of the bunch.

So, what’s not to like?

For starters, EPDM roofs can shrink under the right conditions. This exposes the layers underneath the rubber roofing membrane and potentially allows water to creep into the structure.

Secondly, EPDM usually comes in black, which means buildings baking in the beating sun will only get hotter with an EPDM roof. A black roof also might not suit every building aesthetically.

TPO Roofing Costs, Pros, and Cons

Installation cost per square foot: $5.50-$13.

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What We LikeWhat We Don't Like
AffordabilityUncertain track record
Color optionsLifespan TBD
Energy efficiencyLengthy installation
Heat-welded seamsInstallation requires experience

First introduced to the United States in the 1980s, TPO, or Thermoplastic Polyolefin, is relatively new in the membrane roofing space.

Unlike EPDM, TPO has color options. A white TPO roof system can improve energy efficiency in hot climates.

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Installing TPO typically involves the use of a hot air gun to weld any seams along the surface. These heat-welded seams are low maintenance and last longer than the tape or adhesive sealants used to protect EPDM roof seams.

On the downside, heat-welding requires more skill and time compared to EPDM roof installations, thus increasing labor costs. Should those seams need repairs, you will need the specialized hot air gun once again. In turn, TPO is not a DIY-friendly roofing material to install and care for.

Apart from the challenges created by heat-welding, most qualms regarding TPO start with reliability. TPO did not gain widespread use until the late 1990s, and TPO quality standards only began taking shape in the last two decades.

During that time, contractors and the Midwest Roofing Contractors Association pointed out numerous problems with TPO membranes ranging from splitting along fasteners to deterioration following UV exposure.

However, as performance data of TPO roofing continually come to light, we can say with a greater degree of certainty whether this roof material is legit. One such study published in 2020 showed that 15-year-old TPO roofs meet the 2019 quality requirements of brand new TPO membranes in most instances.

Promising? Yes.

Proven? It's too early to tell.

We will say the following regarding most roofing materials, but we want to emphasize that you should choose both a warranty-backed TPO product and installer for your peace of mind.

At the end of the day, building owners and contractors will keep TPO on their radar because of the attractive price between $5.50 and $13 per square foot.

PVC Roofing Costs, Pros, and Cons

Installation cost per square foot: $6.50 - $13.

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What We LikeWhat We Don't Like
Durability, resistance to elementsHigher cost
20 year lifespanPotential health and environmental concerns
Waterproofing
Recyclable
Color options

Before TPO hit the scene, PVC, or polyvinyl chloride, was the thermoplastic roofing material of choice.

It arguably still is the premier material when taking its exceptional resistance to fire, wind, and hail into account. Similar to TPO, it comes in energy-efficient white, among other colors, and installers heat weld the seams to create a smooth, waterproof seal.

Restaurant owners opt for PVC because it resists harmful grease escaping to the roof that would otherwise deteriorate EPDM.

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PVC roofs last an attractive 20 to 30 years. Adding to its sustainable value proposition, PVC roofing can be recycled.

The main point of contention with PVC stems from costs. For instance, you could pay as much as 12 times more for a PVC roof than you wood for an EPDM one.

There is also much debate on whether PVC poses significant health and environmental risks during its life cycle.

Environmental organizations stress that PVC emits dioxins during its lifecycle, a known toxic pollutant. In roofing applications specifically, manufacturers often use hazardous chemical phthalates to increase flexibility.

To counter these claims, PVC proponents say PVC roofs reduce energy needs, require fewer fossil fuels during production, and outlast other flat roofing materials to a significant enough degree to outweigh the potential environmental costs.

Either way, PVC persists among the most popular flat roofing materials. Market reports from 2018 show PVC occupies around 20 percent of the single-ply roofing market.

What About Rubber Shingles?

If you seek the inherently durable and sustainable quality of rubber but without the drab, one-dimensional style of single-ply sheets, might we suggest rubber shingles?

How Much Do Rubber Shingles Cost?

At $3 to $9 per square foot to install, rubber shingles offer a not unreasonable price point, especially considering their benefits.

This price range aligns closely with wooden shakes and metal roofing, for reference.

Pros of Rubber Shingles

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Style

Rubber shingles can look indistinguishable from sought-after materials like stone slate or wood shake. The former is notoriously expensive and difficult to work with, so rubber shingles offer a budget-friendly alternative while maintaining their highly regarded look.

Rubber Shake vs. Real Shake

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Rubber Slate vs. Real Slate

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Sustainability

Rubber shingles help reduce waste in two ways. First, they're manufactured from recycled plastic and tires that would otherwise contribute to landfill waste or fuel recovery from combustion.

Second, rubber shingles are recyclable themselves, which further diverts more waste away from landfills.

All-Around Durability

Generally, rubber is fire, impact, and wind-resistant – key attributes homeowners and insurance providers look for in roofing material.

A 2018 study on roofing tiles made from recycled tires and plastics in Argentina showed that they boasted better insulation, as well as higher resistance to freezing, hail, bending, and water absorption than their ceramic tile counterparts.

Water resistance, in particular, is key for any roofing material. This essentially means no rotting and mildew.

Cons of Rubber Shingles

Smell After Installation

Some say there can be a lingering rubber odor after installation. Euroshield, one such manufacturer of recycled rubber shingles, says this smell "goes away over time after exposure to the elements."

Cost

Rubber shingles certainly beat stone slate in terms of pricing, but asphalt shingles will almost always run you the least amount of money. If you have a tight budget, rubber shingles might be too much of a stretch.

Rubber Roofing: in Summary

If you’re looking for a single-ply roofing membrane suited for flat roofs, EPDM, TPO, and PVC are among the most popular and worthwhile options. The optimal choice will rely on your budget and specific roofing needs.

On the other hand, rubber shingles should primarily appeal to those seeking an eco-friendly and reasonably affordable alternative to a more traditional type of roof like stone slate.

FAQs

What is the cost of a rubber roof? ›

The average range of cost to install or replace a rubber roof is between $6,000 and $18,000, with the average being around $12,000. And as you know, all sorts of factors come into play that can affect that price, such as the materials, labor, obstructions, and customizations of the roof. Cost Per Sq. Ft.

What are the different types of rubber roofing? ›

There are three types of rubber roofing (EPDM, TPO, and PVC), which are long-lasting options that offers many benefits you may not have considered.

What are the benefits of a rubber roof? ›

Four Biggest Benefits of Getting Rubber Roofing
  • Lower Cost. Rubber roofing is a lot easier to produce compared to other roofing options whether you're looking for a flat roof or a shingle-type system. ...
  • Easier Repairs. ...
  • Low Maintenance. ...
  • Better Energy Efficiency.

How long does a rubber roof last on a house? ›

A well-installed rubber roof is incredibly durable, lasting between 40 and 50 years if properly maintained. Of course, rubber roofs will last much longer if installed with proper drainage in mind.

Are rubber roofs more expensive? ›

Rubber shingles are three to four times more expensive than asphalt. The price is usually measured for 100 square feet of shingles. However, if you care more for long-term costs, rubber shingles are the clear winners here as they last twice as long as asphalt shingles.

How much does it cost for a rubber roof for a garage? ›

EPDM Roof Installation Cost

For installation, the EPDM roofing cost per square foot will normally range between $3.25 and $14.75. The average price is about $4.50 and $5.50 per square foot. That being said, you can expect to pay between $6,000 and $18,000 for a full roof.

How much is square of foot for rubber roof? ›

Rubber roofing contractors tend to charge between $2.50 and $9 per square foot to install a TPO membrane and $4 and $11 per square foot for a PVC membrane.

How much does it cost to patch a rubber roof? ›

Repairing a single-ply membrane flat roof costs $4 to $8 per square foot. Single-ply membranes are popular and usually made of plastic or rubber materials, like TPO. They last long and resist water, but the membrane is prone to holes, splitting, and blistering.

What is the best rubber roofing? ›

EPDM. Ethylene propylene diene terpolymer, or EPDM, is one of the most popular materials for flat roofs.

How thick is a rubber roof? ›

According to Righteous Rubber Roofing, there are three thickness options: 45 Mil, 60 Mil, and 90 Mil. A Mil is a unit of measurement denoting a thousandth of an inch. A 45 Mil EPDM roofing membrane

roofing membrane
Membrane roofing is a type of roofing system for buildings, RV's, Ponds and in some cases tanks. It is used to create a watertight covering to protect the interior of a building. Membrane roofs are most commonly made from synthetic rubber, thermoplastic (PVC or similar material), or modified bitumen.
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is about as thick as a dime.

What is rubber roof called? ›

A rubber roof, known in the roofing business as an EPDM (ethylene propylene diene terpolymer) roof, has a lot of advantages and only a few disadvantages.

Are rubber roofs flammable? ›

Even with a seam, EPDM is virtually waterproof, and if a leak ever does develop, repairs are fast, easy and inexpensive. Not only that, EPDM roofs are fire resistant. They are almost impossible to ignite, and they can actually impede the progress of a fire.

How do you maintain a rubber roof? ›

Here at Rubber4Roofs we've put together some tips on how you can maintain your rubber roof to extend its life even further.
  1. Periodically carry out visual checks. ...
  2. Sweep your flat roof to remove any debris. ...
  3. Check your roof for blisters. ...
  4. Maintain Surrounding Trees. ...
  5. Clean Your Rubber Roof.
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How long do rubber roof tiles last? ›

If installed correctly, you can expect a rubber roof to in excess of up to 50 years. Because an EPDM flat roof is compromised of durable rubber, it can withstand extreme weather conditions such as hail or snow and common weather such as rain and strong winds.

Can you walk on rubber roof? ›

Yes to an extent. EPDM is designed to take LIGHT foot traffic during installation and for occasional cleaning or maintenance. If you require more use than this, i.e. for a balcony then there are additional materials that can be laid over your EPDM for a more durable solution.

Does a rubber roof need to be coated? ›

You don't need to coat a rubber roof. The EPDM membrane is a waterproofing sheet and is the final and top layer. An EPDM rubber roof sheet is incredibly durable and boasts a number of properties that keeps it protected from weather conditions.

Does a rubber roof smell? ›

The smell of a roof isn't something you think about normally, but you'd be surprised at the effect it can have. While some roofs don't have any specific scent, cedar has that natural, woodsy scent that makes one think of mountains and forests. Rubber–especially brand new rubber shake shingles

shake shingles
Noun. gont m inan. shake, a type of wooden shingle.
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will have a powerful odor.

Is a rubber roof worth it? ›

Rubber roofing is one of the best options, especially when it comes time to replace your roof. It's incredibly durable, eco-friendly, and has a long lifespan. Rubber is quickly becoming the new popular choice of roofing so, if you need a new roof, it is certainly worth it to consider.

How often should a rubber roof be replaced? ›

Rubber Roofs: 30-50 years.

What is the least expensive roofing material? ›

If you're on a tight budget, asphalt shingles are going to be the most cost-effective roofing material for your upcoming roof replacement. While asphalt is the cheapest roofing material, there are 3 different types of asphalt shingles that vary in price and affect how much you'll spend on your roof replacement.

Which is cheaper EPDM or TPO? ›

EPDM roofs are the most economical choice for single ply roofing membranes

roofing membranes
Membrane roofing is a type of roofing system for buildings, RV's, Ponds and in some cases tanks. It is used to create a watertight covering to protect the interior of a building. Membrane roofs are most commonly made from synthetic rubber, thermoplastic (PVC or similar material), or modified bitumen.
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. TPO
TPO
Science and technology. Thermoplastic olefin, a plastic polymer/filler blend. Transmitter power output in radio transmission.
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roofing membranes are more expensive than EPDM
. Regardless of which membrane you choose, it is better to spend more money and invest in a thicker membrane. Both EPDM and TPO roofs perform better and last longer if they are thicker.

Can you put a new rubber roof over an old rubber roof? ›

Technically, some rubber roofs can be laid over existing layers, but it's always best practice to tear off the old roofing and replace it new. So once you have all of your tools and materials, it's time to start tearing off the old roofing.

Which is better EPDM or PVC? ›

Composed of synthetic rubber, an ethylene propylene diene monomer (EPDM) roofing membrane

roofing membrane
Membrane roofing is a type of roofing system for buildings, RV's, Ponds and in some cases tanks. It is used to create a watertight covering to protect the interior of a building. Membrane roofs are most commonly made from synthetic rubber, thermoplastic (PVC or similar material), or modified bitumen.
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offers superior weather resistance while remaining a cost-effective option. PVC, on the other hand, delivers exceptional seam strength; in fact, heat-welded PVC seams are stronger than the PVC roofing membrane itself.

Are rubber flat roofs better than felt? ›

Rubber roofing like EPDM is considered a far superior product than traditional felt thanks to the wide range of benefits on offer. It's one of the highest quality materials for flat roofs and is incredibly easy to install. The result is a robust, waterproof and durable roof that won't tear, rot or blister.

How much does it cost to install EPDM roof? ›

EPDM. Petroleum-based Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer (EPDM) is a popular single-ply membrane and comes in two thickness sizes. The cost to install EPDM is between $4.25 and $12.00 per square foot.

Can you put a rubber roof on a mobile home? ›

Many newer mobile homes have roofs that are made from rubber. This is because rubber is cheaper and often lasts much longer than the traditional metal roofing materials that are used with older trailers and mobile homes.

What is the price of EPDM rubber? ›

market price of Epdm Rubber in India is Rs 15/ Meter.

How much does it cost to seal a flat roof? ›

Flat roof coatings will cost between $0.15 to $2.00 per square foot for materials and an additional $0.50 to $3.00 per square foot for labor as broken down in the cost per square foot section above. This price is for a coating over a pre-existing roof system, such as a rubber membrane or metal roof.

How do you install a rubber flat roof? ›

How to install an EPDM Flat Rubber Roof, ClassicBond - YouTube

Can you put rubber roofing over shingles? ›

An EPDM rubber roof can be bonded to asphalt but this depends on the rubber membrane system you are using. It cannot be bonded to uneven surfaces such as shingles as this hinders the membrane from successfully bonding onto the surface.

What colors does rubber roofing come in? ›

Although rolls of rubber roofing come in standard black and white, adding universal colorant to white roll roofing changes the material to a pastel color based on a mixture of the white base to the colorant's pigment. These pastels include light yellows, greens, oranges and blues.

How long does 60 EPDM last? ›

EPDM roof membranes

roof membranes
Membrane roofing is a type of roofing system for buildings, RV's, Ponds and in some cases tanks. It is used to create a watertight covering to protect the interior of a building. Membrane roofs are most commonly made from synthetic rubber, thermoplastic (PVC or similar material), or modified bitumen.
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remain stable over time and can have a life expectancy of over 50 years.

Which is better TPO or EPDM? ›

TPO has better dimensional stability than EPDM. EPDM is more likely to shrink which can cause a variety of problems on your roof.

What are the two types of EPDM? ›

White EPDM Roofing vs Black EPDM Roofing

EPDM membranes are available in black and white. The color is determined by compounding different ingredients used to enhance UV resistance. To make a black EPDM membrane, carbon black is added which converts UV rays into heat.

How big is a roll of rubber roofing? ›

A: it is a 10'x25' roll that is folded and rolled up. The diameter of the roll is 8" and weight is 102lbs.

What is the best type of flat roof? ›

EPDM Membranes

Quite possibly the best flat roofing membrane, EPDM is a relatively low-cost flat roof material that offers a number of significant advantages. Clean, straightforward installation, incredible strength, a long lifespan, and a smart finish combine to make EPDM membranes a difficult one to beat.

Is rubber roofing better than shingles? ›

Which type of roofing should you choose? If your priority is the lowest possible cost, asphalt shingle roofs are a good choice; however if protecting your house from fire and extreme weather damage such as hail or hurricanes is your priority, then rubber roofing may be a better option.

How do I know if my rubber roof is bad? ›

When wrinkles or ripples appear in the rubber it could indicate that moisture has entered under the rubber membrane and deteriorated the adhesive that glues the rubber to the insulation board. The rubber wrinkles as it is no longer glued down in that spot.

Are rubber roofs good in Florida? ›

Our rubber roofing materials are resistant to ultra-violet light, oxidants, ozone, puncture, and Florida's famous weather. With lighter colored options, they bounce the sun's rays back into the atmosphere to keep your home cooler in the summer months.

What is a rubber membrane roof made of? ›

Membrane roofs are most commonly made from synthetic rubber, thermoplastic (PVC or similar material), or modified bitumen. Membrane roofs are most commonly used in commercial application, though they are becoming increasingly common in residential application.

How can I extend the life of my rubber roof? ›

On top of saving you money, recoating your rubber roof can extend it's life by up to 20 years. This is a much more affordable option than a new roof, and it still provides the long life that a new roof would.

How do you get mold off a rubber roof? ›

Wondering how to kill mold on your rubber roof? Some people recommend using a solution of warm water and a splash of bleach. This is the safest solution, as bleach won't hurt your RV roof or siding. However, some people prefer to use Tilex, claiming it is stronger and more effective.

Can you install solar on a rubber roof? ›

Whether EPDM rubber, TPO, or another material, solar panels can also be installed on your flat roofs - without any penetrations. These are called ballast mounts. The solar panels and their racking are held in place on the roof from the weight of cinder blocks.

What roofing material lasts the longest? ›

Roofing material

Roofing material
Roofing material is the outermost layer on the roof of a building, sometimes self-supporting, but generally supported by an underlying structure. A building's roofing material provides shelter from the natural elements.
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that lasts the longest are concrete, clay or slate tiles. These materials significantly outperform other natural products like wood shakes
wood shakes
Noun. gont m inan. shake, a type of wooden shingle.
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or any manufactured roofing materials including asphalt shingles and metal roofing. Although these materials have a good lifespan, they are not as durable.

Is rubber good for a flat roof? ›

Rubber roofing is suitable for extreme conditions, giving you one of the most durable and reliable roofs available that typically lasts between 30-50 years. In time, you may find a felt flat roof can pick up moss and algae; the synthetic rubber doesn't support the growth of moss so you are guaranteed a clear roof!

What is the average age of a roof? ›

The average lifespan of a roof usually ranges between 25 to 50 years. However, a roof's life expectancy ultimately depends on the quality, durability and type of material chosen.

How long do rubber shingles last? ›

Rubber roofing has many benefits, including the following: Long lifespan of 20-25 years on average and up to 50 years in some instances. Easy cleaning and maintenance.

Does a rubber roof need to be coated? ›

You don't need to coat a rubber roof. The EPDM membrane is a waterproofing sheet and is the final and top layer. An EPDM rubber roof sheet is incredibly durable and boasts a number of properties that keeps it protected from weather conditions.

Is it OK to walk on a rubber roof? ›

Yes to an extent. EPDM is designed to take LIGHT foot traffic during installation and for occasional cleaning or maintenance. If you require more use than this, i.e. for a balcony then there are additional materials that can be laid over your EPDM for a more durable solution.

How often should a rubber roof be replaced? ›

Rubber Roofs: 30-50 years.

What thickness of EPDM is best? ›

Rubber roofing's longevity depends on three factors: quality installation, climate, and membrane thickness. Roofing installation experts will recommend 45 Mil EPDM rubber roofing membrane in moderate climates and in situations where there's a low risk of penetrations.

How do you find a leak in a rubber roof? ›

How To Find A Leak On A Flat Roof - YouTube

Is a rubber roof worth it? ›

Rubber roofing is one of the best options, especially when it comes time to replace your roof. It's incredibly durable, eco-friendly, and has a long lifespan. Rubber is quickly becoming the new popular choice of roofing so, if you need a new roof, it is certainly worth it to consider.

How do you maintain a rubber roof? ›

Rubber roofs should be inspected, cleaned and treated approximately four times a year. Rubber roof cleaners and treatments contain necessary anti-spore and lubrication chemicals—so dust, pollen and dirt are directly targeted. Additionally, specialized “mildew squares” may be installed to areas at risk.

Are rubber shingles expensive? ›

On average, you can expect rubber roofing shingles to cost $4.25 to $8.25 per square foot.

How do you stop a rubber roof from leaking? ›

How to Patch a Leaking Rubber Roof | This Old House - YouTube

Does a rubber roof smell? ›

The smell of a roof isn't something you think about normally, but you'd be surprised at the effect it can have. While some roofs don't have any specific scent, cedar has that natural, woodsy scent that makes one think of mountains and forests. Rubber–especially brand new rubber shake shingles

shake shingles
Noun. gont m inan. shake, a type of wooden shingle.
https://en.wiktionary.org › wiki › gont
will have a powerful odor.

Are rubber roofs flammable? ›

Even with a seam, EPDM is virtually waterproof, and if a leak ever does develop, repairs are fast, easy and inexpensive. Not only that, EPDM roofs are fire resistant. They are almost impossible to ignite, and they can actually impede the progress of a fire.

Can you put furniture on rubber roof? ›

Rubber tiles have a smooth surface, so they're perfect for a patio or deck area that will be holding furniture. The furniture can sit level on the rubber roof deck tiles, just as it would on a wood deck or a concrete patio.

Are rubber roofs slippery? ›

These conditions may result in permanent stains. If your roof is exposed to such conditions, you may need to increase the frequency of your roof cleaning. Caution: As with the surface of any roof, a rubber roof can be very slippery, especially when wet.

What is the longest lasting flat roof material? ›

EPDM, or Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer, is known as the longest-lasting flat roof material. It's designed to withstand the most extreme weather conditions that a flat roof can face, and this durability can help it last at least 30 to 50 years.

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