Recycled Rubber Roofs: Cheap and Eco-Friendly

February 23, 2011

Recycled rubber roof shingles are an innovative roofing material that saves home owners money and saves the environment. Made from recycled tires, these roofing shingles are durable, dependable, and more eco-friendly than ordinary wood or slate.

How Recycled Rubber Shingles Are Made

Rubber shingles are made from recycled tires of vehicles. The tirewall is removed, and the tread section is cut into large pieces. The treading is then buffed off, and the rubber is coated with sawdust or slate dust. Much of this dust comes from recycled sources as well, often from mills or recycled slate tiles. The pieces are heated and molded into shape, often with a patter added to give each shingle the look of other materials. A plastic tab is then added to each shingle to help make nailing down the pieces easier to do.

Recycled rubber shingles have the durability and protection of rubber. Each shingle benefits from having the steel belting originally found in the tire still in tact. This makes the shingles stronger and last longer than other conventional roofing materials. The shingles can be made to resemble typical roofing shingles, mimicking the look of wood, tile and slate. Home owners can get the look of conventional roofing with the durability of rubber.

Durability of Recycled Rubber Shingles

Because the tiles are made from recycled materials, they often cost a fraction of the cost for other durable roofing materials.Though homeowners can get cheaper materials, these are often less durable and wear out much quicker. Like other recycled roofing materials, recycled rubber shingles also last longer and hold up to more of what Mother Nature puts out. Most rubber shingles have a 30 year warranty, though some companies offer longer warranties based on how durable these shingles really are. Home owners choosing recycled rubber save money now and in the long run by adding these to their homes.

Photo credit: Euro Shield Roofing


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Summer Minor

Summer is a freelance writer and mother of 3 who is passionate about caring for the earth. She enjoys sharing news and stories on how everyone can make their homes a little greener. She also blogs at Finding Summer and works for a living at SummerMinor.com.
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