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Flat roofs with rubber membranes are among the most commonly used materials on commercial buildings. A Norwalk roofing professional can provide options for installing rubber roofs on residential homes as well. Roofing material made from rubber is beginning to be a valid choice for homes. However, unless the home has a flat roof, some form other than the well known rubber membrane will be used. Rubber shingles are becoming popular because of their long life and ease of installation and maintenance. They are relatively easy to replace in small sections whenever necessary and are more cost effective than many other types.

Rubber shingles can be made to look like other materials such as tile, slate and cedar shakes. Environmentally conscious homeowners will appreciate the fact that they are often made from old tires and other recyclable materials like shopping bags, helping to preserve landfills. They can also contain recycled materials from other types of shingles. This helps the rubber shingles resemble the appearance of other types. For example, dust from slate shingles can be embedded into the surface of rubber shingles to contribute to the slate like look.

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Sawdust is used for the same purpose to make the product look like cedar shake material.

Rubber shingles are often chosen for replacement roofs on historical homes. In addition to having an appearance that is similar to the originals, they are much lighter, thereby reducing the weight load by a considerable amount. They are also known for their durability with some manufacturers offering 50 year warranties. The insurance industry supports the use of rubber shingles because of their resistance to burning. Rubber is rated as class A, the highest fire resistance rating available. These shingles are also highly wind resistant, capable of withstanding winds up to 120 miles per hour. Other positive features of rubber shingles include their resistance to cracking and breaking and their inherent insulating characteristics. Some of them will even reflect the sun's thermal rays during the day while helping the house to retain heat at night.

Unlike the membranes used on flat roofs, rubber shingles come in a variety of colors. As a result, the homeowner will not feel that he or she must sacrifice appearance for the practical benefits rubber shingles provide. While the initial cost may be more than asphalt shingles, they are likely to be more cost effective in the long run. The initial cost, however, will be less than slate or cedar.

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