How To Install a Rubber Roof

Homes with low slope areas and flat roofs are a common sight. Blame it on the fad in architecture in the past decades. Because of this, problems of cracks that lead to leakage in as little as five years also become common among homeowners having flat roofs. This is especially true if the flat roof is constructed with asphalt roofing or shingles. 

Asphalt roofing is best for slanting roofs and never for flat ones. This material is good enough to last for a couple of years until elements like rainwater and snow slowly cause its quality to deteriorate. For low slope and flat roofed homes, installing a rubber roof is the best option.

Here is how to install a rubber roof for your home:

  1. Uninstall asphalt roofing or shingles. Carefully remove asphalt roofing and be sure not to damage your home's roof boards. Peel away the shingles carefully. Use common tools to carefully scrape them out of their adhesive holdings. 
  2. Clean the surface very well. Make sure that there are no nails that are left on the roof boards since this can damage the rubber roof. Use a cleaning solution that is recommended by roof shingles manufacturers. 
  3. An underlayment may be required. Rooftops made of gravel may need to be installed with marine plywood first before a rubber roof can be placed.
  4. Lay the pieces of rubber roofing on the surface. Laying the pieces down for at least an hour makes the rubber tiles smoother and wrinkle-free. This step will also give you an idea on how many rubber tiles to use on your roof.
  5. Roll back the rubber and apply adhesive. Apply adhesive on the roof boards and the surface of the rubber tiles. You can use a paint roller to apply the adhesive for an even application. It is important to apply adhesive even on the roof boards to guard against possible leaks. Once the tiles are set, use a broom or another clean paint roller to ensure that the rubber tiles have bonded effectively to the roof boards and to smooth out wrinkles and bubbles.
  6. Treat the seams and make sure that they are installed properly. The seams of the rubber must be cleaned with a prescribed cleaning solution. Seal the rubber with the provided seam tape. Do this carefully and neatly to prevent leaks in the future.

Other roofers have tried installing rubber roofing without the use of adhesives. Some have used hot asphalt to make the rubber stick to the roof board. Others, meanwhile, torch the rubber roof right after sticking it to the roof board with adhesive. This technique is usually done by professionals who use flame throwers to mold the rubber to the roof board.

Installing a rubber roof is not a complicated task at all once you know the steps to do it. You will be able to save a lot of money doing this yourself instead of hiring a professional roofer.


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