Rubber Roofing Vs. Metal Roofing

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We all know how stressful and agonizing putting a new roof on your house can be.  This is why it is so important to make sure that you choose the right type of roofing when doing so.  This article will take a look at two different types of roofing; rubber and metal, to help you decide if ones of these is the roof for you. 

Rubber Roofing 

First we will discuss rubber roofing and its advantages and disadvantages.


1. The first advantage that comes to mind when considering rubber roofing is the fact that it is eco-friendly.  The reason rubber roofing is environmentally friendly is because it is made from recycled materials.  Due to recent increases in environmental awareness this has caused rubber roofing to become one of the more popular roofing options.

2. Rubber roofs require little maintenance and repairs are simple and can usually be done by the homeowner.

3. Rubber roofs can be used for almost any type of house and are especially effective for flat roof houses because they do not rely on gravity to direct water away from the house as they are waterproof.

4. Rubber roofing is very durable and long lasting.  Most rubber roofs should last 30-50 years.


1. One big disadvantage of rubber roofing is that it is quite permanent.  Once it is installed it is hard to replace with different material.

2. Although rubber roofs will save you money on maintenance they may be expensive to get installed.  This is because this type of roofing is relatively new to the roofing market and thus very few professionals have experience with installing rubber roofs.  This gives the ones with proper experience the ability to charge more due to lower competition.

3. Difficult to find professionals who actually have experience with rubber roofs and if the roof is not installed correctly it could start leaking immediately.

4. Although rubber roofs are quite durable, if a leak does occur it can be quite difficult to locate.

Metal Roofing

Next let’s take a look at some of the pros and cons of choosing metal roofing.


1. Available in a variety of different colors and styles giving the homeowner a multitude of options.

2. Metal roofs are also long lasting and even more resilient than rubber roofs with a typical lifespan of 50 years.

3. Unlike rubber roofs it is not as permanent and can be removed much easier, it can also be installed over existing roofs.

4. Increased energy efficiency during hot summer months as metal roofing reflects the sun’s rays keeping the house cooler. 


1. Metal roofing is not as versatile as rubber roofing and does not work for every type of house.  Metal roofing is most conducive for bungalow, contemporary, historic, and ranch style houses.

2. Metal roofing is also more expensive than other roofing materials as it is very difficult to install.

3. Unlike rubber roofing, metal roofs involve more maintenance.  Metal roofing can become damaged over time and may require painting periodically.

4. During rain or hailstorms metal roofing can be quite noisy.  The pounding of precipitation can be echoed by the metal and resound loudly within the home.  This can also be a problem with woodpeckers.  

These are a few of the different advantages and disadvantages associated with metal and rubber roofing materials.  If you are considering rubber or metal roofing for your nest roof it is important to consider various pros and cons such as these.  Although these are not the only roofing options, they are two quality choices and hopefully this article can help you decide if either is right for you.

Wade Myer grew up under the watchful eye his father, a contractor, who taught him the tools of the trade. Even though he can swing a hammer with the best of them, he’s always been drawn to the written word where he can frame sentences rather than walls.  Currently he writes on behalf of Steiner Homes LTD. who builds Schererville homes.