Home & Garden Maintenance & Repairs

Rubber Roofing Basics

A flat or low pitched roof needs special attention.
Many products you try will not last the test of time including rolled roofing products.
A rubber roof can cover a large area with minimal splicing and it bonds together to make these areas leakproof to take all worries away.
It is a product that can be professionally installed or owners and handy people with some construction ability can handle the job.
Rubber roofing comes in many sizes to fit your application.
It comes in thicknesses ranging from 45 mil to 90 mil.
You can order the material to fit your project as it comes in sizes up to 50 feet wide and 100 feet long.
Other materials needed include primers, adhesives, flashing roof jacks, tape, rubber gloves, and rollers.
It is a simple process almost anybody can handle.
Rubber roofing is installed directly on your wood or metal decking.
It also will adhere to concrete and cement board surfaces.
The deck must be clean and free of any abrasive materials, such as nails.
  • Roll the material out over your clean deck hanging it over the edge six to twelve inches.
    If you need to seem it, do that now by cleaning the lap with primer and applying adhesive.
  • Let the membrane set between one half hour to one hour, this will allow it to flatten.
  • Role half of the membrane back across other side and apply adhesive to the decking.
    Do not work yourself off the roof when applying the adhesive.
  • Apply adhesive to the membrane as well as the decking.
    Allow to dry to a tacky feel before rolling back the membrane.
  • Roll the membrane back over the side where the adhesive was spread.
  • Do the same steps to the other side making sure you have adhesive on all parts of the decking.
    You may use a light roller or a push broom to make sure the membrane bonds evenly to the roof decking.
  • Trim the edges making sure they are all secured.
Rubber roofing is a great alternative for flat roofs.
It works well over garages, homes, mobile units, and sheds.
Most of the membrane is warranted for at least 20 years making it a positive alternative to rolled asphalt products.
In tests the rubber membrane has held up to all types of weather for many years.

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