Rubber is like duct tape — extremely versatile and your go-to material for anything you’re trying to contort. It bends. It’s strong. It’s ultimately useful. However, when you’re considering a new roof, odds are, rubber roofing is probably not coming to your mind. Instead, you are having visions of asphalt roofs, copper roofs, and metal roofs. Brett Hayse Exterior Specialists in Gainesville is here to inform you of another roofing type you might want to consider that is gaining in popularity — the rubber roof. In this blog post, we’ll take a further look at rubber roofing. Contact us today for a free roofing estimate!


We propose this question first because it’s probably the one you are pondering right now. A rubber roof, or EPDM (ethylene propylene diene terpolymer) roof, is a roof made of rubber or PVC plastic.


  • Cost. Rubber itself is extremely cheap when compared to other roofing materials, such as metal or slate.
  • Fire-resistant. Rubber is almost impossible to set on fire by itself, even if lightning strikes it. If a house fire breaks out below, rubber can slow down the fire from burning, helping to limit the damage done to your home.
  • Long-lasting. Rubber roofs are laid in huge, one-piece sheets, eliminating seams where leaks in roofs commonly occur. This can in the long run add up to thousands of dollars saved from leaky roofs. Furthermore, rubber is not affected by the harsh UV rays of the sun, contributing to the fact that rubber roofs can last up to 50 years. This is good news for homeowners who want to replace their roof once in their lifetime.
  • Durable. Because of the pliable nature of roofs, hail, wind, snow, and rain tend to bound off, virtually eliminating hail damage and wind damage.
  • Roof repairs. Roof repairs with rubber roofing are almost non-existent. They very rarely leak, and when you do need a rubber roofing repair, odds are all you need is a tube or liquid rubber to seal the deal, which is incredibly cheap.
  • Roof maintenance. Again, roof maintenance is almost non-existent with rubber roofs. The most you will probably ever have to do is repaint your roof every decade or so.
  • Environmentally-friendly roofing material. Rubber is by far one of the greenest materials you can choose for your roofing material. It takes less energy to make rubber than other roofing materials and since it’s rubber, it’s often made from recycled materials. When you do want to replace your rubber roof or you need to, it is 100 percent recyclable near the end of its shelf life.

With so many benefits, why hasn’t anyone heard of rubber roofing? One reason is that rubber roofs are black. You can get one that is off-white, or you can have it painted. However, this does limit the look of your roof.


When you partner with Brett Hayse Exterior Specialists, we offer the best roofing materials installed in a timely manner. If you have an emergency roofing repair, let us know. We will do our best to get your leaky roof taken care of. We are passionate about roofing and about serving the people of Gainesville. Contact us today for a free estimate!