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FAQ for EuroShield
Where are Euroshield® rubber roofing products manufactured?
Corporate headquarters and manufacturing facilities are located at 9330 48th st SE, Calgary, AB, Canada.
What are Euroshield® rubber roofing products made from?
The major component in the Euroshield® formula is recycled tire rubber comprising approximately 70% of the material. The rest is a proprietary blend of other materials that add to its industry-leading durability and longevity, for a total of 95% recycled content used in the making of the finished product.
Will Euroshield® products crack like tires can crack?
To answer this question properly you have to understand what makes tires crack. Tires have metal wiring in them, this is what gives the tire its shape, and when you expand & contract this wire enough it will eventually break. When the metal in the tire breaks you will visually see the rubber crack or separate. Euroshield® roofing materials contain no metal so we do not have to worry about this problem. In both real-life & lab-testing, Euroshield® has never cracked.
How resistant is Euroshield® to high wind conditions?
Euroshield® recycled rubber roofing has been tested to the required Modified Dade County test in compliance with the CCMC guidelines for wind uplift and wind-driven rain to 170 kph and passed. In 3rd party wind testing (ASTM D3161-modified) at PRI Labs in Tampa, Florida, our Panel Loc products achieved 250kph straight-line wind testing pass for 2 hours with no blow-off. The unique interlocking panels of Euroshield products hold the leading edge in a lock-down position so the corners will not lift or curl and blow off, even in extreme high-wind conditions.
Are all Euroshield® roofs hail proof?
All Euroshield® rubber roofs have achieved the highest rating, UL2218 Class 4 for Impact and are Listed and Labelled with QAI Labs (An accredited testing facility for the USA and Canada). However, at Euroshield® we wanted to go beyond merely “acceptable” criteria for UL2218 Class 4. We wanted true impact resistance beyond that of a steel ball dropped from 20 feet. After all, hail comes in all sorts of shapes, sizes and speeds, so we wanted to guarantee that your roof would be protected from the majority of hailstorms. Warranty coverage is provided for hail impact, up to 2″ in diameter for all products for 50 years and enables homeowners to obtain a reduction in their residential insurance premiums, if available, from their provider.
Is the Vermont Slate HP really hail proof?
Yes, our Vermont Slate HP has been independently tested to well beyond the highest impact resistance Class 4 UL2218 requirements. You can see how our Vermont Slate HP (Hail Proof) panels withstood an assault from an air cannon firing a simulated hail impact of four inches in diameter at 183mph without so much as a scratch here. Be aware that “impact resistance” doesn’t automatically mean that your roof is warrantied against hail so you may want to check with the manufacturer if your roof has an actual hail warranty. That’s why we developed our Vermont Slate HP roof, it is probably the most impact-resistant shingle on the market today and is warrantied for any size hailstone for the first 20 years.
Does the colour extend below the surface of the shingle?
The colour in Euroshield® roofing products goes all the way through the piece; colour is added to the mix during the manufacturing process embedding it in the material ensuring that it won’t crack, peel or flake and if a panel is scratched the colour will remain the same because there is no coating to wear away, fade or peel.
What will happen to the colour over time?
Over time, as with virtually anything exposed to the sun’s rays, the product will change colour slightly and uniformly, when exposed to equal amounts of sun, such that it develops a soft warm rich patina. Due to the amounts of carbon black contained in Euroshield® rubber roofing products they have extreme resistance to UV rays to provide the best possible colour performance over time. (allowing them to weather better than most other natural or synthetic roofing products on the market.)
How can you offer a lifetime warranty on a product that has not been around “forever”?
Roofing products sold in North America are subjected to various forms of extreme testing designed to simulate the exposure to the elements over time. CCMC assigns a product registration based on these results. These accelerated weather test results give us a reasonable expectation of performance over time. Based on our test results we are confident Euroshield® roofing products will stand the test of time. Rubber tires have been around a lot longer than most folks can remember and Euroshield® products are mostly derived from recycled tires. The durability and long-lasting properties of rubber are well documented. Our products have been tested to the highest standards required in the industry today and very few products can make that claim (refer to the test section of our website).
What if I want to shingle my own roof?
Homeowner’s and DIYers are welcome to purchase and install our Euroshield® rubber roofing products. Providing all Euroshield® installation guidelines as well all building codes pertinent to the area of jurisdiction for the installation are followed.
Do Euroshield® rubber roofs require additional structural reinforcement?
At 240lbs per roofing square up to 340lbs per roofing square, Euroshield® is comparable to the average of 230lbs per roofing square for architectural asphalt shingles meaning no additional structural support requirements are necessary for installing our products.
Can I walk on my Euroshield® roof without damaging it?
You will not damage your Euroshield® roof, nor will you void the warranty, if you walk on it, jump on it or even breakdance on it. It’s probably the most durable roof on the market today.
Can Euroshield® rubber roofing products be installed on low slope roofs?
Roofs that have slopes of 3:12 or less are not suited for Euroshield® rubber roofing products. Generally, our products are better suited to steeper slopes of 4:12 or greater, where their performance is greater and their enhanced aesthetics are more readily visible. Please contact Euroshield® for inquiries on specific applications.
Does Euroshield® roofing have an R-value or Energy Rating?
Roofing products are not included in Canada’s Energy Star Program. Rundle Slate/Ranchlands Shake has never been required to have an R-value for any certification standards, but G.E.M. Inc. has had a number of customers comment on the difference the product has made in keeping their homes cooler in the summertime, and to the superior sound-deadening qualities as well.
Does the rubber smell go away?
Yes. Like a new set of tires on your automobile, you may notice a rubber smell after installation however this dissipates over time after exposure to the elements.
How do you clean a Euroshield® roof?
Use a residential grade power washer to ensure the pressure of 2,000 psi or less using water only, no chemicals. The power washer nozzle should be held approximately 12 inches away from the shingle surface and sprayed from top to bottom. It is important to not spray side to side and that the water always moves from top to bottom. If needed any areas can be lightly scrubbed with a soft nylon brush.