Greatmats Sterling Roof Top Tile installed on roof

Roofing tiles and pavers: Rubber vs. Concrete

Rubber roof pavers are made with built-in legs that allow for drainage.

Rubber pavers are made with built-in legs that allow for drainage. They do not freeze or crack and are non-absorbent.

Roofing tiles date back to early Greek and Roman times, though their uses have evolved over the years. Originally made of heavy fired clay and installed using an overlapping pattern to keep water out of buildings, roofing tiles’ and pavers’ popularity expanded drastically in the 14th century due to their fire resistance capabilities. With the introduction of new materials, such as concrete and rubber, roof tiles and pavers have come a long ways in price, design and versatility.
There are several advantages to using a roof paver system on your flat room. Usually manufactured in 2×2 feet squares, roof pavers are easy to transport and install. They also provide a simple solution to wear and tear problems, as you can simple replace any damaged tile without the need to disturb the rest of the roofing surface. All roofing tile and paver systems are designed to allow for drainage beneath the tiles. Roof pavers can be easily uplifted to access the underlying roof surface for maintenance and/or repairs.
While roof pavers and tiles can be made of a variety of materials, – including fired clay, porcelain, stone and plastic – rubber and concrete are by far the most popular and versatile options for usable outdoor extensions of your home and/or business.
Here, we’ll compare rubber and concrete roof pavers.

Rubber roof pavers

Sterling Roof Top Tile Blue Rubber GreatmatsRubber pavers are made with built-legs that allow for drainage.
They do not freeze or crack and are non-absorbent.
The most economical roof paver material is ethylene propylene diene monomer (EPDM) rubber – known for its heat, ozone and extreme weather resistance. Often made with recycled rubber, these tiles are one of the “greenest” choices on the market. They not only take less energy to produce than most other roofing materials but provide the dual benefit of insulating and heat reflecting properties, saving the owner money on both heating and cooling costs. To top if off, rubber pavers can last from 30 years to upwards of 50 years. They are not susceptible to UV, wind or hail damage, and are 100% recyclable at the end of their lives.

Greatmats Sterling Rubber Roof Top Tile Paver bottom viewRubber pavers are typically made with built-in legs to provide proper clearance under the tile for drainage. Although rubber roof tiles can come in varying thicknesses, they are still relatively lightweight, making them more suitable for roof structures without extra support. Rubber pavers are often connected using interlocking designs or secured to each other using caulk to prevent wind uplift. EPDM rubber pavers do not freeze or crack and are non absorbent, so they will not mold or mildew. The textured rubber material provides a high-traction surface that can also absorb the shock of a fall, preventing injury to a person and/or damage to the surface below the tile. EPDM rubber will also shift with the existing structure as it settles, preventing cracks and leaks that may form with some other roofing materials.

Concrete roof tiles
Concrete roof pavers come in a wide variety of colors, styles and finishes giving you options for a natural appearance. Also durable, concrete pavers should last approximately 30 years. Concrete roof tiles and pavers, however, are approximately double the price and weight of rubber roof pavers and require small pedestals under them to allow for draining. Due to the extra weight, structural support of the roof should be assessed before installation.

While both rubber and concrete roof pavers and tiles provide excellent quality and durability with minimal maintenance, you’ll get more bang for your buck going the rubber route.

Greatmats Sterling Roof Top Tile installed on roof

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Commercial Rubber Roofing Pavers Sale

The Sterling Roof Top Tile is a high-end, professional quality outdoor rubber paver.

Greatmats.com is offering an additional 5% off its already great sale price on Sterling Roof Top Tiles in any color. The offer brings our regularly-priced $32.35 terra cotta commercial rubber roofing pavers down to just $24.61 per tile and is good only through the end of May, so don’t delay! Call us toll free at 877-822-6622 for more details or to place an order. Our friendly customer service team his happy to help.

Greatmats.com is offering an additional 5% off its already great sale price on Sterling Roof Top Tiles in any color. The offer brings our regularly-priced $32.35 terra cotta commercial rubber roofing pavers down to just $24.61 per tile and is good only through the end of May, so don’t delay! Call us toll free at 877-822-6622 for more details or to place an order. Our friendly customer service team his happy to help.

The Sterling Roof Top Tile is a high-end, professional quality outdoor rubber paver. This 2×2 foot rubber floor tile is 2 inches thick and comes with interlocking edges for easy installation. Sterling patio flooring, made of durable recycled rubber, qualifies for Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) points and comes with a 10-year limited warranty.

DeckTop Roof Tiles

Create a recreational getaway on your rooftop or deck with DeckTop Architectural Tiles from from Greatmats.  These outdoor rubber tiles provide a great combination of good looks and functionality and installation is surprisingly easy.  DeckTop tiles can be installed over any firm flat surface even fragile, waterproof membranes without requiring adhesives.

DeckTOP tiles provide a durable and floating deck system that protects the roof from the elements and provides drainage.  This rubber flooring product is made from high density materials for excellent durability and puncture resistance.
These rooftop tiles are porous and permeable.  Rain and melting snow will quickly flow through the tiles to the waterproof surface below.  These rubber tiles are manufactured with robust drainage grooves molded into the base tiles that allows water to easily flow laterally under the tiles. These grooves also form a network of channels that are perfectly sized for wiring to be installed under the tiles.
DeckTOP are available in a variety of pigmented and premium EPDM colors.  Transition ramps are also available. Weighing less than six pounds per square foot, this material offers superior protection while also providing excellent thermal and sound dampening insulation.
Each tile is 1-3/8″ thick.  These outdoor roof tiles are resilient and slip resistant and also help to protect your roof or deck in public traffic areas.   DeckTOP Architectural Tiles are made from 100% post-consumer waste tires.  They provide an exceptionally durable and safe, low maintenance alternative to heavier, pedestal-type concrete pavers.  They are also great for patios and plazas.

Call Greatmats at 877-822-6622.