what you can do to reduce heating costs

what you can do to reduce heating costs

When Rubber Hits Your Roof: Understanding And Maintaining Rubber Shingles

by Mia Kuhn

Owning a house can be stressful, but with periodic updates and repairs, it can be a worthwhile investment. From cleaning your home's exterior and mowing your lawn to repairing a broken faucet, these tasks protect your home's appeal and function. Considering your roof encompasses a large portion of your home's purpose and value, ensuring it is in good condition is smart. Thankfully, replacing traditional asphalt shingles with rubber shingles offers tremendous benefits. Using this guide, you will understand the benefits of rubber roofing shingles and learn the best options to maintain your investment. Learn more below. 

Manufacturing of Rubber Shingles

If you are trying to live an Eco-friendly lifestyle that focuses on the use of recycled materials and sustainability, rubber shingles are a great option for your home. While surprising to hear, many rubber shingles are recycled from old tires and sawdust.

Of course, black or dust-colored shingles are not your only option since they are available in a variety of colors and tones. Due to this versatility, you can easily find a look that complements your home's exterior.

When the Rubber Hits your Roof

After choosing rubber shingles for your roof, you may find their overall look appealing. However, rubber shingles offer many benefits for your home and finances. Here are a few benefits you will experience when the rubber hits your roof:

  • Simple Installation – Rubber shingles are lighter than asphalt, metal, or clay shingles. This makes them easier to install, reducing time and labor costs.
  • Durable – Your new rubber shingles are strong and water resistant, reducing your risk of leaks and water damage. The durability of rubber roofing offers a lifespan of 30 to 50 years.
  • Energy Efficient – An estimated 25 percent of heat loss occurs through your roof and attic, so using quality shingles is essential for reducing energy waste. Fortunately, rubber shingles coat your roof with protective membrane that reduces heat loss and exposure to the sun's harmful UV rays.
  • Simple to Maintain – Asphalt, metal, and clay roofing tiles require a good amount of cleaning and replacements to protect their appeal and function. Your new rubber shingles will need a periodic cleaning, but their durability reduces the risk of necessary repairs or replacements.

Cleaning your Rubber Shingles

To keep your home appealing, consider cleaning its exterior siding and roof. Even if you have rubber shingles, washing periodically will prevent possible buildup of dirt, debris, and mold.

Unfortunately, cleaning your roof can be an overwhelming, dangerous task, so taking precautions is smart. Have your materials on hand before heading up to the roof. Combine the following ingredients into an outdoor pump sprayer:

  • 2 gallons of warm water
  • 1 gallon of white vinegar

Shake to mix before pumping the handle to create pressure in the sprayer nozzle. Be sure to have a helper nearby to hold your ladder when climbing on your roof.  In addition, wear rubber-soled shoes to prevent slipping off the wet surface.

Douse the vinegar solution across one section of your roof at a time. Allow the solution to sit and soak while slowly climbing down from the roof. Use a pressure washer or your garden hose to rinse the leftover solution, dirt, and debris off your roof.

The acidic nature of the vinegar will eat through heavy residue on your roof without damaging your surrounding grass, trees, shrubs, or flowers. Vinegar is also a natural option for killing bacteria and viruses, so it will be an effective way to remove mold or algae on your roof.

Allowing rubber to hit your roof is a great decision for your home's appeal, value, and function. Using this guide, you can easily see the benefits of rubber shingles and learn the best options for maintaining this durable roofing option. 


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what you can do to reduce heating costs

Does your heating bill send you into a state of shock? If so, now is the time for you to begin making changes to your home to bring the cost of heating your home down. In years past, my heating bill was actually more than my mortgage was. It really made getting through the winter difficult for my family. I decided to do something about the high bills. I started with insulation, then invested in some new windows, and I also changed the way that we used our utilities. You can learn everything that I did to reduce my heating bill so that you can cut your heating bill as well.