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    Rubber Modified Shingles

    Anybody ever heard of these? I need to put a new roof on a house and was going to switch to steel. The builder told me steel would cost nearly double normal asphalt shingles. He mentioned a good alternative would be Rubber Modified Shingles which are partially made out of rubber and they'll last 50 years? They cost about 20% more then regular shingles but that's worth it to me if they really last that long.

    Anybody else have any experience with these or other comments?



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    Re: Rubber Modified Shingles

    Quote Originally Posted by Bobber View Post
    Anybody ever heard of these? I need to put a new roof on a house and was going to switch to steel. The builder told me steel would cost nearly double normal asphalt shingles. He mentioned a good alternative would be Rubber Modified Shingles which are partially made out of rubber and they'll last 50 years? They cost about 20% more then regular shingles but that's worth it to me if they really last that long.

    Anybody else have any experience with these or other comments?
    I looked into these when I was considering roofing. It seemed like everyone around here charged almost 3-4 times as much for them. They are made out of recycled plastics, and are supposedly good for 30-50 years! If you could get them for only 20% more I would definitely go for it.


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    Re: Rubber Modified Shingles

    were you comparing steel shingles or sheeting?


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    Re: Rubber Modified Shingles

    St. Cecilia Church in Ames has them on it (if you want to see a building with them). We have used them in Commercial, but not residential. They hold up very good. The key is the installer. Even the best roofing products can be screwed up by someone.



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    Re: Rubber Modified Shingles

    Quote Originally Posted by usedcarguy View Post
    were you comparing steel shingles or sheeting?
    Good question. I was thinking steel sheeting. Not sure what he was thinking. He didn't seem very interested in even pricing it for me.



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    Re: Rubber Modified Shingles

    Quote Originally Posted by Bobber View Post
    Anybody ever heard of these? I need to put a new roof on a house and was going to switch to steel. The builder told me steel would cost nearly double normal asphalt shingles. He mentioned a good alternative would be Rubber Modified Shingles which are partially made out of rubber and they'll last 50 years? They cost about 20% more then regular shingles but that's worth it to me if they really last that long.

    Anybody else have any experience with these or other comments?
    How long do you plan on living in the house? Get those 'fake shake' or 'timberline', aka 'architectural' shingles - look very nice and should last 30+ years as well, no?



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    Re: Rubber Modified Shingles

    Quote Originally Posted by CyPride View Post
    How long do you plan on living in the house? Get those 'fake shake' or 'timberline', aka 'architectural' shingles - look very nice and should last 30+ years as well, no?

    It's a rental. Not sure when I'll sell, but could easily be 30+ years. I know what you're talking about and they're a good product. If the ones I'm looking at will truly last 50 years(that what he told me). It's worth the extra 20% to me.



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    Re: Rubber Modified Shingles

    Either way you go, just make sure your roofer knows what the hell they are doing. Anytime I've ever had a problem with a leak in any roof, it had nothing to do with the life left in my shingles. It was a mistake made by the person installing the roof.

    I would agree with CyPride as well on this. Most of the architectural shingles are rated at 30 years now. And seem to stay looking nice for about that amount of time. I guess I look at it like this, in 30 years, am I going to have another issue with my house that makes that extra 20 years on those shingles worthless? If you are in your dreamhouse, and don't plan on changing a thing. A 50 year shingly might be for you.



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    Re: Rubber Modified Shingles

    Quote Originally Posted by Bobber View Post
    Good question. I was thinking steel sheeting. Not sure what he was thinking. He didn't seem very interested in even pricing it for me.
    The steel shingles are cool, but they are about $120 per square. As for sheeting, I don't really see anyway that it could be more expensive, especially in the long run. Yes, steel sheeting would cost more, but the installation time is MUCH less, and can go right over the current shingles if there aren't too many layers, saving even more money. About the only thing that will kill it is hail, although that would be more of an asthetics issue than a performance one.

    Considering that 30 year shingles rarely last over 20 years unless they're on an 8:12 pitch, I just can't see it penciling.

    The contractor may not do steel sheeting?


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    Re: Rubber Modified Shingles

    Quote Originally Posted by Bobber View Post
    It's a rental. Not sure when I'll sell, but could easily be 30+ years. I know what you're talking about and they're a good product. If the ones I'm looking at will truly last 50 years(that what he told me). It's worth the extra 20% to me.
    There is no possible way I would spend 20% more on a product that might last you from 30 to 50 years. Lot can happen during that time, and you really have no idea if these shingles will last that long. I'd rather spend that 20% extra on something that would improve the house otherwise, right now.



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    Re: Rubber Modified Shingles

    My mother just got a quote from the Amish north of Waterloo. She asked for both a shingle (30 years) and also steel sheeting (40 years). She was given a number for shingles and was told sheeting would roughly be the same, maybe slightly more. But nothing significant. I sort of urged my mom to think about steal but she just doesn't like the look. In my mind I would do the steal. However, it's her house and I think she is going with the normal shingles.

    I should also have you check on rubber shingles.

    I wonder if you roofer just doesn't like steel thus priced it to steer you toward shingles?? I would get 2-3 more quotes.



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    Re: Rubber Modified Shingles

    My neighbor a couple of houses down has steel shingles. He also has several gigantic oak trees around his house. To those outside the house, the dropping acorns are very noisy. I've never talked to him about what it sounds like inside the house, but I hope for his sake there is some kind of insulation to deaden that sound.

    Can you get an insurance discount for using certain roof coverings? I know down here in hail central, certain roof types will garner a modest discount.


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    Re: Rubber Modified Shingles

    Quote Originally Posted by redrocker View Post
    St. Cecilia Church in Ames has them on it (if you want to see a building with them). We have used them in Commercial, but not residential. They hold up very good. The key is the installer. Even the best roofing products can be screwed up by someone.
    I remeber when we decided as a council (St. C) to use these and the product demo sold me on it. If that is the product you are asking about go for it. They are a great looking, very durable roof material.

    The ones we used on St. Cecilia are kind of a faux slate look to them and they look great.

    If I remember correctly ther resistance to wind is way, way better than traditional roofing.



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