Is a No-Leak Guarantee on a Roof Possible?
The fact that people say ‘having a roof over your head’ to describe a basic human need shows the importance of the roof as an essential part of the house. A leaky roof can damage your ceilings and affect the structural integrity of the entire building.
The first line of defense is the roofing material. It plays a crucial role and needs to withstand a lot of beating like precipitation, strong winds, fluctuation temperatures, debris, etc. The most common roofing material in the US is the roofing shingle, which can come in several types.
A no-leak guarantee covers only one type – rubber shingles; however, the contractor must know the right installation procedure. 1-800-HANSONS is the kind of contractor that offers a lifetime No-Leak Guarantee for all of its rubber roofing jobs.
What are Rubber Roofing Shingles?
As the name suggests, rubber shingles are roof shingles made of rubber – to be exact, recycled rubber from used car tires. This means they are eco-friendly and highly durable. Unlike other roofing shingles, such as those made of asphalt or wood, rubber shingles are rot-resistant and highly resistant to temperature fluctuations. They can withstand all sorts of precipitation easily, including hail, and do not absorb water. They also resist cracking, mold, discoloration, dents, and can save on your energy bills because of the rubber’s insulating energy-efficient properties.
Rubber is extremely long-lasting. Most of the rubber roofs are laid in a single piece, and there are no or very few seams, depending on the roof’s layout. Few seams mean there are few places for water to leak under the roofing and destroy the house.
You’ll be surprised at how little maintenance is necessary. All you have to maintain this type of roof is add a layer of acrylic paint every 10 to 12 years to the shingles. More than anything, this fresh layer of paint is mostly for aesthetic reasons. And did we mention that the roofing shingles come in a variety of colors and designs?
If the rubber shingles are correctly installed, you should never experience any cracking or leaking. In the rare case that you do find a crack or leak, you will most likely be able to fix it by covering it with a latex sealant.
If you can’t do it yourself, repairs are fast, easy, and extremely affordable. Usually, a tube of liquid rubber is all that is required or a special tape designed specifically for repairing rubber. In any case, repairing rubber roofs is seldom an issue.
Rubber shingles are also naturally fire-resistant. They can withstand a direct lightning strike and not catch on fire. They may even slow or prevent a fire from spreading when there’s a blaze that originated somewhere else.
What Are the Average Costs for Rubber Roofing Shingles?
Several factors affect the price tag of a rubber roof, such as the slope, pitch, and the size of the roof. On average, the cost is between $8.000 and $14,000, up to around $4 to $8 per sq. foot, or $400 to $800 per square installed (100 square feet.) Costs also depend on the contractor, and if additional repairs or added insulation are needed. For instance, rubber roofing costs more than asphalt, but less than slate or metal.
Rubber Shingles can last between 15 and 30 years; they are energy-efficient, eco-friendly, highly-insulated, and need little to no maintenance. This is why rubber shingles have the best quality-price ratio on the market.
Using the wrong company to install a rubber roof can lead to problems due to improper installation. It can negate a warranty on the rubber if you want a 100% no-leak guarantee, schedule a free estimate today.