Q. Will Euroshield® products crack, like tires can crack?
A) To answer this question properly you have to understand what makes a tire 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.
Q. How resistant is Euroshield® to high wind conditions?
A) 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. The unique interlocking panels of the EuroSlate® and EuroShake® product 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. Harvest Shake and Heritage Slate have a factory applied adhesive strip on the underside of the butt edge, in combination with roofing nails, to hold the panels down and meet the same wind standard.
Q. Will hail damage my Euroshield® roof and can I walk on it?
A) Euroshield® has achieved the highest rating, UL2218 Class 4 for Impact. All products are Listed and Labelled with SwRI (Southwest Research Institute -Accredited Texas Lab) and qualify for the maximum insurance discount available for hail impact from insurers offering these discounts. Warranty coverage is provided for hail impact, up to 1″ in diameter. Visit the Videos section of the website to view the Extreme Impact video to see just how tough a Euroshield® rubber roof is. You will not damage your new roof, nor will you void the warranty, if you walk on it.
Q. What will happen to the color over time?
A) The color in Euroshield® roofing products goes all the way through the piece; color is added to the mix during manufacturing process. Over time, as with virtually anything exposed to the suns rays, the product will change color slightly and uniformly, when exposed to equal amounts of sun, such that it develops a soft warm rich patina.
Q. How can you offer a lifetime warranty on a product that has not been around “forever”?
A) 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).
Q. Does Euroshield® roofing have an R-value or Energy Rating?
A) Roofing products are not included in Canada’s Energy Star Program. EuroSlate®/EuroShake® have 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.
Q. Does the rubber smell go away?
A) 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.