Rubber roofs are not common on single-family homes because people find them unsightly and expensive. For hotel owners, however, rubber roofs have several advantages over the asphalt shingles that most homeowners opt for. Although they cost more than a shingle roof, rubber roofs last much longer and are easy to install. If you're a hotel owner or manager, consider protecting your hotel for decades--not just a few years--with a rubber roof.
Lasts for Decades
Rubber roofs last longer than asphalt roofs. In some cases, they last more than twice as long. According to HowStuffWorks, asphalt shingles have an expected lifespan of 15 to 20 years. Rubber roofs can hold up for three to five decades, in comparison.
Rubber roofing's added durability does not come free, though. Exact prices will vary from area to area, but a rubber roof usually costs more than a comparable asphalt one. While the increased price keeps most homeowners from considering rubber roofing, hotels are often able to afford the upfront cost of installing one.
Installing a rubber roof is less time consuming than placing shingles. Instead of stapling thousands of shingles, laborers only need to lay down a few rolls of rubber. These rolls are glued down to the roof deck, which requires expertise but does not take as long as stapling shingle after shingle. The glue will have to dry, but laborers are not needed to speed this process up.
Of course, if the roof deck on your hotel needs to be replaced, then the entire installation will take longer. This would also prolong an asphalt roof installation, though.
Because installing a rubber roof requires less work than laying down a shingle one, you may be able to save on the labor costs associated with the project. Before signing a contract with a roofing company, ask to see an estimate that is broken down by material and labor costs. You might be able to negotiate the latter.
When selecting a roofing company to install a rubber roof, look for one that specializes in flat roofing. They will have the expertise needed to properly install a rubber roof. A company that works primarily with asphalt shingles will not have as much experience with rubber as one that focuses on flat roofs.
Should your rubber roof be damaged, repairing it is a simple process. If an entire section is heavily damaged, then it may need to be pulled up and replaced. A single section or roll can be replaced, however, without ripping up the rest of the roof.
If the damage is only minor, a liquid rubber may be sufficient. Liquid rubber is available in tubes and can be used to re-seal seams and fill small punctures caused by hail and fallen tree branches.
Regardless of how much damage your hotel's rubber roof sustains, you should have a professional roofing company perform the repair. They have the expertise to determine which type of repair is advisable. Also, having a maintenance supervisor do the work could void the roof's warranty.
Many people do not like how rubber roofs look, which is why they are not often found on homes. Most homes have a highly visible roof, and residents do not want to look at a giant sheet of rubber on their neighbors' homes.
Most hotels' roofs, however, are not visible. They are flat and several stories off the ground. Only birds can see the roof. Therefore, how a rubber roof looks is a moot point for hotel owners and managers.
The next time your hotel needs a new roof, invest in one that will last. Go with a rubber roof, and you will not have to worry about installing another roof for several decades, at least. For more information, contact a local roofing company.Share