How to Patch Rubber Roof Shingles How to Patch Rubber Roof Shingles
Rubber roof shingles have the authentic appearance like other traditional shingles. They are light weight and easier to handle. They can be easily formed and shaped with a utility knife and installed on your house. Though the rubber is very durable material, but it is not indestructible. The rubber surface expands or contracts with the change in weather. In addition, the rubber roof shingles can also rip, tear and fall off. But, their repair can be done by you. You can patch the shingles like rubber tires with spare pieces and using an adhesive. The special repair tape can be used for repairing the minor cracks and splits. Liquid rubber can also be applied to fill the gaps and seal.There are whole-roof systems also available to coat the roof topfor repair.
Step 1: Checking the Condition of Roof
Get to the top of the roof and identify the shingles that can be repaired and the others, which need total replacement. After knowing the shingles requiring repair, you can start the work on them.
Step 2: Removing Totally Damaged Shingles
To replace the singles to be changed, loosen the adhesive below the tabs around them. Lift them up and pull all visible nails under them. Take of the tar paper also, if it is worn out.
Step 3: Preparing Roof to Install New Shingles
Prepare the roof to fix the new shingles in place of the removed shingles. Spread tar paper along the area where new shingles are to be fixed. Paste the tar paper with adhesive and plug any openings you find. Fix tar paper with nails and apply adhesive on nails also to avoid any leakage in future.
Step 4: Fixing the Shingles
Scrape the new shingles to be fixed from their corners with a utility knife. This will make it to easier to fix them into the vacant places with the existing shingles. Start replacing the new shingles by just sliding them under the existing ones. Fix roofing nails on all the four corners of the shingle. Apply adhesive on the nail tops to prevent the chance of any leakage.
Step 5: Replacing Shingles Along Ridge Cap
If any shingles are replaced along the ridge cap, just remove the damaged shingles and replace them in same way as above. Apply cement or adhesive on top of nails to avoid any leakage.
Step 6: Repairing Minor Damages
Paste the adhesive rubber tape on minor cracks. Apply the liquid rubber to seal any open seams.If roof is hot in warm weather, shower some water with a hose to cool the roof and then work when it is dried. Use rubber flat slipper to avoid slipping on the roof. Do not bend the shingles in cold weather, as they become hard and my break.