The two immediate options that came to mind in our selection process were asphalt shingles and metal roofing – and there is a wide selection of each. We were leaning toward a metal roof based on the sustainability factor, but the price tag for the standing seam, which we liked the look of better, was higher than we expected. In my day to day job, I manage projects that involve the building and remodeling of restaurants. So in a conversation I had one day with my client, the topic of a rubber roof came up. I hadn’t heard of that before and began my research. I was intrigued to find out that they were made out of up to 95% recycled material – primarily tires, and it is also recyclable at the end of its life. The thought of keeping old tires out of the landfill was exciting, and the benefits didn’t stop there – long lasting, eco-friendly, hail resistant, maintenance free, and fire resistant to name a few.
The initial pricing that I received from one manufacturer scared us, but my gut said this was the right thing to do. Plus, I always hated the way the asphalt shingles looked dirty after a while and the steel roofs can be noisy and dent. And, of course, the nice looking metal roofs have a nice high price tag. I kept searching to prove to my “other half” that the rubber roof was a viable solution for us and stumbled on Euroshield EuroLite Slate. When Tom and I did the ROI and factored in the 50 year warranty, it was actually equal to, or a little less than, two 25-year asphalt roofs (including the cost of installation). So my GC, (who is actually my husband) arranged the details with Euroshield and a local roofer, Tom Trump, who was interested in trying out a new product. Euroshield rubber shingles are manufactured in Canada and the US rep, Lesley Gustafson is very knowledgeable and was great to work with.
We love the look of the roof and people are amazed when we tell them it is actually rubber. Because we are in snow country, we also added the ice shields to prevent sheets of ice sliding off and causing damage. Not unlike what you need to do with a steel roof. Click here to find out more information on Euroshield’s roofing products.