Asphalt shingles are the conventional choice of roofing materials because they are affordable and easy to install. There are more alternatives to asphalt shingles available today, which include rubber shingles. The rubber roofing material can be used to replace your old roof and give you many benefits, such as more energy efficiency and a longer life. There are some things that you may want to know when installing rubber roofing materials. Here are some of the things that you may want to know about rubber roofing shingles:

1. The Many Options With Rubber Roofing Shingles

There are many different styles of rubber roofing materials to choose from. They can look like conventional shingles, slates and shakes. Rubber roofing materials also come in different thickness—a thicker roofing material will be more energy efficient. Light colors such as white are another great way to reduce your energy consumption with rubber roofing. This type of roofing is called a cool roof because it reflects sunlight to reduce heat gain and save on cooling costs.

2. Choosing The Right Roofing Underlayment For Your Home

You also have many choices of underlayment with rubber roof. The underlayment can be a conventional asphalt felt or other products like rubber membranes that can be thicker, provide more protection from leaks, and add to the energy efficiency of your home. There are also foil-backed plywood decking materials, which can improve energy efficiency. These materials help to reflect heat, which can help keep heat in your home as well as reflect heat from the sun. This means you save on your heating and cooling costs.

3. Adding Roof Insulation To Reduce Heat Gain In Your Home

Heat gain is one of the causes of wasted energy since you need more air conditioning to stay cool.  Having a cool roof installed on your home will help to reduce energy consumption, but there are other things that can also be done. Installing insulation in the rafters of your roof can also help to reduce heat gain, as well as help to keep heat in your home during winter months.

These are some of the things that you may have wanted to know about using rubber-roofing shingles as an alternative to asphalt roofing materials. If you need to have your old roof replaced, contact a roofing contractor, like Josh Lynch's Contracting, and ask them about using rubber products on the roof of your home.