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Asphalt Shingles vs Rubber Roofing

asphalt shingles vs rubber roofing

Choosing your roofing material is a big decision that should not be taken lightly.

Determining the right type of roof for your home can mean the difference between high energy bills and low heating costs, as well as protection from storms and other natural disasters like hail. 

This blog post will discuss the pros and cons of two popular types of roofing materials: asphalt shingles versus rubber roofing.

What are Asphalt Shingles?

First developed in the mid-1930s, asphalt shingles are one of the most popular types of roofing materials today. 

Made from a combination of wood pulp and other organic materials, these shingles have a low cost per square foot and can be found at any home improvement store for very reasonable prices.

The downside to this type of roofing is that it does not last as long, and may require replacement every 15-20 years.

Pros of Asphalt Shingles

Can be found at any home improvement store for very reasonable prices. Low cost per square foot. 

Good protection from rain and snow; will prevent water damage to your house in the event of a storm or natural disaster such as hail.

Cons of Asphalt Shingles

Does not last as long, and may require replacement every 15-20 years. 

May deteriorate in areas with high winds or hail storms due to the lightweight nature of asphalt shingles compared to other roofing materials such as slate or clay tiles. 

Due to their organic makeup, these shingles are highly flammable and may burn during a fire.

What is Rubber Roofing?

Rubber roofing has become popular in recent years due to its increased durability over asphalt shingle roofs, along with lower installation costs compared to other types of more expensive roofing materials like clay tiles or slate.

Made from vulcanized rubber (which simply means that the material has been heated to very high temperatures), rubber roofs are extremely durable and will protect your house from heat, cold, rain, snow or hail. 

Rubber roofing is also resistant to damage caused by fire.

Pros Rubber Roofing

Extremely durable; can last 50 years or more with proper maintenance. Affordable compared to other types of modern roofing materials. 

Resistant to heat, cold, rain and snow. Fire-resistant material will prevent damage from a fire during a house fire or other natural disaster such as hail.

Cons Rubber Roofing

Because rubber roofs need to be heated at very high temperatures to vulcanize the rubber into its final form, this process emits harmful chemicals that may have an effect on the environment. 

May have an unpleasant odor during installation due to the high temperatures involved in processing vulcanized rubber into roofing tiles.

Which is better: Asphalt Shingles or Rubber Roofing?

Asphalt shingles and rubber roofing are both popular choices for homeowners due to their affordability, durability and ease of installation.

Because asphalt shingles can last up to 20 years with proper maintenance, this type of roof is slightly more affordable compared to a rubber roof in the long run; however, it does not provide as much protection from extreme weather conditions such as hail or fire.

In comparison, rubber roofing is an eco-friendly material that will protect your house from the elements for 50 years or more if properly maintained and installed by a professional contractor. 

However this type of roof may have a higher initial cost compared to asphalt shingle roofs due to its durability and long lifespan.

Which type of roofing should you choose?

If your priority is the lowest possible cost, asphalt shingle roofs are a good choice; however if protecting your house from fire and extreme weather damage such as hail or hurricanes is your priority, then rubber roofing may be a better option.

Even though rubber roofs offer more protection than asphalt shingle roofs, it may be necessary to replace your roof more often than asphalt shingles due to its durability and resistance to the elements.

Can I use both Asphalt Shingles and Rubber Roofing?

Yes, you can use both types of roofing on your house; however it is recommended that rubber roofs go over asphalt shingle roofs. 

This type of combination offers the best protection from heat and fire for your home while still providing long-term durability due to its resistance to weather conditions such as hail or heavy rain.

In some areas, it may be necessary to use rubber roofing over asphalt shingle roofs in order to meet local building codes that require houses with less than certain amounts of living space (e.g., condominiums) have a fire-resistant roof covering in case there is an emergency such as a fire or electrical problems.


Asphalt Shingles vs Rubber Roofing is a tough decision. 

But as long as you follow the steps in this article, it won’t be too difficult to figure out which option will work best for your home and needs. 

Overall, asphalt shingles are one of the most common roofing materials used today because they are relatively inexpensive, easy to install and maintain.