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Most homeowners don't think about rubber as a roofing material, but Sacramento roofing contractors indicate that many customers are considering this alternative to traditional roofing options. Rubber is light and durable; it is energy efficient, environmentally friendly and able to thoroughly weatherproof a home. In most cases, rubber is made from recycled materials, and it is low maintenance and resistant to fire and hail. It also stands up to extreme temperatures, provides insulation, and has a long life span when compared to other materials.

Homeowners considering rubber roofs should understand that this option may be more expensive than others, but there are also many benefits associated with rubber roofing. Though slightly more expensive, most homeowners find the cost of rubber roofing to be comparable to other materials, such as wooden shingles, and since the rubber roof is easier to install, the labor and installation may be more affordable.

There are two types of rubber roofs: a whole roof and rubber shingles. A whole roof is an option because many rubber roof manufacturers sell rubber by the square, which covers about 100 square feet. These systems are custom made for every home, but there is almost no chance of this roof leaking since there are no seams. The other option for a rubber roof is for homeowners to use shingles.

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These shingles look like traditional shingles, except they are made of synthetic materials. These shingles are easy to handle, too, which helps lower installation costs. These shingles can also be shaped easily with a sharp utility knife, which means they can be cut to fit almost any roof.

One of the best advantages of choosing a rubber roof is the fact that it can be easily repaired if damaged. Though rubber is extremely durable, it is not totally indestructible. Rubber roof shingles may also tear, rip or fall off like any other shingle. However, these are much easier to patch than other types of materials. In most cases, in fact, a rubber roof can be repaired with a piece of scrap rubber, special tape or even liquid rubber. For people who have whole roof rubber, it can be coated in a liquid sealer to protect the top of the home.

Homeowners who are interested in this roofing material must understand that not all roofing contractors can or will install rubber roofs. Since this is the case, it is important for homeowners to find out how much experience a roof contractor has with rubber roofs before hiring them for the job.

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