A Look at Rubberizing Your Roof For Energy Efficiency

A Look at Rubberizing Your Roof For Energy Efficiency

Trent Johnson
Jun 17, 2010

We know first hand that living in an older home can be frustrating when we get down to comparing green features. While we have made plenty of green upgrades, the insulation in our attic is only so-so and we have standard asphalt shingles on the roof. While we'd love a fancy new metal roof, sometimes enhancing what you've got is a better idea. Enter green roof coatings from recycled rubber that can save significant energy costs and increase a roof's lifespan.

These products really do sound too good to be true. Making use of recycled tires, these coatings apparently improve the energy efficiency and life expectancy of metal and asphalt roofs. There are a few products out there that make these claims, but we'll look at Tire2Coat and Hyperseal here. Both companies make products specifically for roofs out of recycled rubber. They are formulated to adhere to just about any surface, but especially metal and asphalt.

Tire2Coat is a green elastomeric roof coating that can last for 10 years. It will reflect heat, seal leaks, and provide a bit of insulation. Known as a "cool roof," the reflective coating helps deflect heat instead of absorbing it. It also uses up old tires which would otherwise end up in the dump.

Hyperseal makes products for not only roofs, but also pools, driveways, and truck liners. The Primer (Hyperflex) + Top Coat (Hyperglass) combination is a DIY roof repair for sealing, cooling, and insulating. Like Tire2Coat, Hyperseal roof coatings roll or spray on your roof just like normal paint. In addition, Hyperglass Cool Top Coat adds tiny glass microspheres which supposedly help further reflect light from your roof. Hyperflex also claims eco-friendly properties and is made from non-toxic, non-carcinogenic materials.

We know we'll definitely be looking into these products in a couple years when our roof gets a bit older.

Does anyone have any experience with these products or anything similar?
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