Rubber Roof Cost Calculator – What You Need To Consider
For most people living in Massachusetts, when it comes to replacing the roof on their commercial building, one choice that is usually recommended highly is to go with a rubber roof. A “rubber” roof is simply a roofing system that utilizes a flexible membrane material that is resistant to chemicals, inclement weather, and helps to provide overall energy efficiency to the building. It’s little wonder why it is usually the go-to choice for most reputable contractors. Mass-Tech Roofing and Building Co. is one of the leading rubber roofing companies in MA that provides excellent rubber roofing installation services.
Here are quite a number of different materials that can fall into the rubber roof category of roofing materials, and determining the right one to use can come down to a number of factors. One of the most significant that most people consider is the overall cost of installation and maintenance. Others include the durability of the material as well as the ease of repair and maintenance over time.
When making the decision to use a rubber roof as your next roofing system, the cost of installation is probably the first thing you’re going to consider. In the Boston area, there are quite a few different things to consider when calculating this initial cost, and the use of a rubber roof cost calculator that takes these things into account is essential.
Cost per Square Foot
Most calculators online merely consider the overall cost per square foot of installation. They are simplistic programs where you enter in the total square footage of the roof in question. You’re given an estimate of the cost of installation. And while the square footage is certainly an important part of the equation, it’s not the only thing to consider. Other factors that can change the overall cost of installation for a rubber roof includes the overall cost of the
material, the amount of preliminary repairs needed, and the type of insulation or roofing systems and accessories used.
Cost of Materials
If you compare the different types of roofing materials that are used in Massachusetts, rubber material is by far the most popular, but it is also one of the more expensive options out there. Only metals such as copper or aluminum are often a more expensive choice. Generally speaking, the material needed to create a membrane roof can range in price between $0.50 and $2.50 per square foot for quality EPDM material. Keep in mind though, that that cost is just for the rubberized material itself. It doesn’t include the time and effort needed to prepare the roof for the new membrane. It also does not include the cost of any insulation or underlying materials needed to create a good environmental barrier from the harsh weather that frequents this area.
As you can expect, other membranes that are sometimes considered “rubber” by industry standards also vary in price. For example, PVC materials are often a bit more expensive overall due to the intensive nature of their production. You can often expect to pay anywhere between $1.00 and $3.00 for the material alone.
Cost of Installation
Believe it or not, the overall cost of the materials, and even the square footage needed aren’t the most important or even expensive factors to consider when looking at a rubber roof for your building. If you were to break down the overall cost of putting a rubberized roof on your business or home, the cost of preparing the roof as well as the labor needed for installation would by far take the biggest portion of the pie.
As a general rule, membrane or rubber roofs need to be installed directly to the roofing deck, or to the subsurface area of the roofing system. They often are not designed to go over an existing roof such as a built-up roof or even a metal roof. In order to get the correct seals that can help prevent water infiltration, they need to be installed on a clean, dry substrate that is free from debris and other roofing materials. If you must install an EPDM sheet over tar or shingles for some reason (a practice we really don’t recommend), you’ll need to put down a layer of plywood to act as a clean surface for the rubber to adhere to.
The main reason you’ll want a clean surface to work on is that the oils and adhesives of the old roofing material can do significant damage to the rubber material, and lead to premature weakening over time. Which can also lead to an increase in overall repair or replacement costs.
So it stands to reason, then, that if you need to have a clean surface to work from, the old roof will have to be completely torn away. In addition, any of the roofing deck that is in disrepair will need to be repaired or even replaced. After all, the new roofing system will only be as strong as the material that it is built upon. Another factor to consider when it comes to time and labor is the number of vents needed in your ceiling. Each one will add a little bit more time and effort needed to make sure that the seams are done correctly.
Bringing it All Together
Fortunately many of the rubber roofing calculators seen online today that were created by reputable professionals take these factors into account. However since both the cost of materials and labor can vary widely by region or even city, you’ll want to make sure to consult a few different calculators to get a more reasonable estimate of the cost of replacing your roof. Also it’s important to remember that these calculators only provide estimates based on industry standards at the time that they were created. There is no guarantee that they are kept up to date with changes in the industry or even sales or discounts. So in addition to using a number of different rubber roofing calculators, it is well worth the time to actually sit down and talk with a roofing professional concerning your specific needs. Often a reputable professional will be happy to do so.