Rubber roof systems fall into a category known as synthetic roofing materials. This type of roofing can be manufactured to approximate the look of asphalt shingles, concrete tiles, clay tiles, metal panels, slate, wood shakes and wood shingles. Rubber roof shingles, available since 1993, are considered a new roofing material. Rubber roof shingles cost a fraction of the other roof types which they can be designed to look like, and they are significantly lighter weight than many roofing materials. Rubber shingle roof systems typically require a mid-range investment of around $200 per square installed. A square represents a 10’x10′ roof area.
Rubber roof shingles are made by removing the tire wall section from old tires and cutting the tread into large pieces. The tread sections are left quite large to help add strength to the rubber shingle. A plastic tab is secured to the shingle which allows it to be nailed down during roof installation. Rubber roof shingles are usually coated with sawdust or slate dust.
Rubber shingles are strong, sturdy and flexible. They are fire and weather resistant and come with warranties between 30 and 50 years. Rubber roof shingles require very little maintenance and are a cost-effective option for many consumers. Some homeowners are drawn to using rubber roof shingles because they are made from recycled products.
The NRCA recommends using caution when installing synthetic roof systems. These roof systems are new and do not have a proven track record. Issues may exist with local building codes, as codes recognizing synthetic rubber roof systems may be unclear.
Consult a roofing installation professional to learn more about rubber roof systems.