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With so many choices of material available, the 21st century is a great time to install or replace a roof. Selecting rubber has many advantages.

The type of rubber used in roofing is called ethylene propylene diene terpolymer, or EPDM. It is available as shingles in a variety of colors and designs. Rubber shingles can be made to mimic practically any other type or roofing material, such as asphalt, slate or even the terra cotta tiles that are so popular in California. Composed of shredded tires, sawdust and slate dust, rubber roofs are kinder to the environment. EPDM also comes in continuous sheets.

Single ply EPDM is easy to install, retains flexibility at temperature extremes and does not break down by exposure to ozone or the sun's ultraviolet light. It is less likely to crack after several freeze/thaw cycles. It can stand up to wind and water. In many cases, it is fire retardant.

The durability of rubber is practical for Davis roofing, as average Davis temperatures can reach the 90s in July and August. EPDM cuts cooling costs in summer by reflecting heat. In the wintertime, it reduces heating costs by acting as an insulator.

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Rubber roofs last longer (30 to 50 years) and require less maintenance than asphalt shingles (15 to 20 years). Some even have a lifetime warranty. As a home settles over the years, the rubber adjusts, maintaining a close fit.

Installing a rubber roof is easier and faster than installing or repairing slate or asphalt shingles. Rubber shingles are lighter and easier to ship to the property and carry onto the roof. Rubber roofs are easy to lay and, being seamless, are less vulnerable to cracks.

The first step to installing a rubber roof is stripping down the existing roof all the way down to the plywood decking. Most manufacturers will not recognize the warranty if the rubber roof is just slapped over the old one.

When working with rolls, the installer measures and cuts the rubber to allow for vents, chimneys and antennas. He or she then cuts the rubber to fit the shape of the roof. After sweeping the roof clean of dirt and debris, the installer then applies the adhesive directly to the plywood before rolling out the rubber, trimming and checking for air bubbles.

When using shingles, the installer first covers any seams in the plywood with either sealant or latex tape. He then nails the shingles in overlapping rows, starting from the bottom.

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