How to Maintain Rubber Roll Roofing

What You'll Need
Rubber roll roof cleaning solution
Mop and bucket
High pressure spray machine
Yard broom
Safety harness

Rubber roll roofing is a popular and cost effective way to cover a rooftop. Although the life may not be as long as more traditional roofing methods, certain steps can be implemented to maximize the life of a rubber roof. Regular care and maintenance will keep the roof free of damage, protecting your rubber investment. The majority of rubber roof maintenance is keeping it clean and free from debris.

Step 1:  Keep Safety in Mind

With any roofing project or maintenance, you want to be sure you keep yourself safe. A fall from a roof can be paralyzing or lethal. Your full attention will be needed while you are working on the roof. You should not clean the roof if there is mention of an impending storm, high winds, or rain. The ladder should extend at least 2 feet above the edge of the roof. Be sure that the ladder is secured to the ground, or better yet held by a partner. There should be no horse playing on the roof. You will want to make sure you either have a partner to help you or that somebody knows you are on the roof. You shouldn’t wear shoes that are slippery. When you are walking on the roof, walk on the main supports whenever possible. There is no shame using a security harness that can be adjusted as you walk and tied to the chimney or another fixed structure.

Step 2:  Sweep the Rubber Roof

You will need to sweep the roof to get rid of all of the loose debris. Be sure you are careful not to damage the roof with any sharp objects that may be on it.

Step 3:  Use a High Pressure Spray

If you don’t have a high pressure spray gun you can rent one from a tool rental retailer. Contact the manufacturer of the rubber roof for information on the best cleaning solution to use on your particular rubber roll roof.

Start at one corner and begin spraying about 10 to 15 feet from the edges, working toward them. Avoid walking backwards whenever possible and know exactly where you are at all times. Also avoid walking along the edge of the roof, especially when wet.

Step 4:  Use the Mop and Cleaning Solution

Work the mop along the edges and allow the solution to sit. By the time you are at the opposite end of the roof edge the beginning should be ready to rinse. Rinse with the high pressure sprayer. Repeat this process for all of the edges. Always follow the instructions and cautions of the rubber roll roofing cleaning solution.

Step 5:  Spray the Center of the Rubber Roof

You can now spray the center of the rubber roof, staying away from the edge. The distance you want to keep from the edge is about 10 feet. If you happen to slip and fall, no part of your body should land near the edge.

Step 6:  Repeat the Mop and Rinse

The direction or process you choose is up to you as long as you don’t mop too large of an area at once. You want the solution to soak for a while but you want to rinse while the solution is still wet. You don’t want the solution to dry on the rubber.