Products and ServicesWhat To Know About Rubber Roofing

January 14, 2022

While in the past rubber roofing has been almost exclusively utilized on commercial buildings, residential homeowners all over Massachusetts are starting to understand the benefits behind rubber roofing.

In most cases, rubber roofing is installed on flat or mostly flat rooftops as opposed to the typical A-frame style roof structure.

Rubber roofing is extremely durable, easy to install, and is made up of recycled materials! For the green-minded individual, rubber roofing is surprisingly environmentally friendly.

With New England winters posing a serious risk for roof damage, rubber roofing eliminates many of the risk factors associated with other roofing styles, such as asphalt shingle homes.

If you are on the fence when deciding whether or not to have rubber roofing installed on your home we are hoping to answer all of your questions from our experienced team here at Solid State Construction!

What Is Rubber Roofing?

Rubber roofing is simply a large flat sheet of rubber that can be cut to perfectly fit roofs of any size. The rubber sheets are commonly crafted using recycled materials such as vehicle tires, sawdust, and slate dust; common materials most people dispose of without a second thought.

Many contractors refer to rubber roofing simply as ethylene propylene diene terpolymer; think you could remember the whole name? Neither can we; we prefer the abbreviation EPDM.

Rubber roofing is a fully seamless design and is installed in a few separate sections as possible. The minimalist quality of rubber roofing cuts out all the bells and whistles of other types of roofing options to give homeowners what they really NEED: long-lasting durability and protection against destructive weather.

Overlapping multiple layers of rubber roofing will significantly improve insulation while subsequently making your roof tougher than ever. 

Although rubber roofing typically comes in single flat sheets, professional installers can cut slits out of the rubber sheet to create an asphalt shingle-like effect to match the rest of the neighborhood.

Pros & Cons Of Rubber Roofing

Similar to most things in life, rubber roofing poses its’ own unique list of pros and cons. As a homeowner who is deciding on the best roofing option, it’s important to know as much information as possible to help with the process!


  • Perfect for flat or low-slope roofs to remain completely waterproof.
  • Not only is EPDM waterproof, but it is also flame retardant and can withstand high impact from debris.
  • Completely impenetrable to UV rays.
  • Extremely long-lasting material – up to 50 years in harsh elements!
  • Resistant to damage, easy to repair!
  • We have to mention it one more time, rubber roofing is one of the most eco-friendly choices a homeowner can make.
  • Easy to match with other roofing materials on the home.
  • Available in multiple thicknesses depending on the needs of the home.


  • Simple color options available, typically black and white.
  • Homeowners will have to opt for an acrylic paint job if they want a color other than black or white.
  • Installation can be tricky depending on the home.
  • Not ideal for high-slope roofs such as the typical A-frame roof.

The Installation Process

There’s a reason Solid State Construction is the go-to roofing contractor for many Massachusetts residents, our streamlined, organized process that we follow to the “t” during each and every project.

After our initial assessment over the phone with the homeowner, we begin the design phase, then production and planning, and finally, we get into the fun of installation!

Rubber roofing usually comes in large rolls. These rolls are cut to shape in order to perfectly match the roof’s dimensions on the spot to ensure success the first time. If there are vents, chimneys, or other obstacles, the rubber sheets will be strategically cut to form around each section for maximum waterproofing.

Completely flat roofs can have the installation process done quite quickly, especially when you trust the best in the business!

After each roof installation is said and done, we ALWAYS do a final walkthrough with the homeowner to guarantee both parties close up shop on the project happy and satisfied

Rubber Roofing: What’s Not To Love?

Now, we understand rubber roofs aren’t for every home or every person for that matter. We all have our own needs and aesthetic preferences. The great thing about rubber roofing is that it can do it all!

Whether you are on a tight budget but want the best option for your home, or affluent and want the best option for your home, rubber roofing may be the simple answer!

To get more information on whether or not rubber roofing is the right choice for you, give our experienced team at Solid State Construction a call at (508) 581-3798 today.