How to Seal Rubber Roofing How to Seal Rubber Roofing
Some homeowners find the rubber roofing very useful as it is not affected by plants and water and can resist hail and fire. The rubber tiles used are environmentally-friendly, as compared to other materials and need minimal maintenance for the life time. The rubber shingles are produced from recycled materials with different technologies. These shingles are strong, sturdy and flexible and withstand severe weather conditions. Rubber roofing is great in rainy and stormy areas. Compared to slate tiles or concrete tiles, rubber tiles are not heavy and therefore you will save on transport costs. They also do not break easily like slate tiles, hence you do not need to buy extra tiles to compensate for the broken ones. These tiles are available in conventional designs and installing them is also very simple task. These shingles get sealed between the seams and provide additional protection. These tiles are more expensive than asphalt tiles.
Step 1 - Cleaning the Seams
Clean the seam with a broom where the overlapping pieces of the rubber join to remove the dirt. Fold back the overlapping piece of rubber where the first and second sheets meet. Sweep away any dirt under the overlap with a broom.
Step 2 - Cleaning the Lower Overlapping Surface
Clean all exposed portion of the lower rubber using solvent and cleaning pads. Clean properly the part of the sheet, which will come in contact with the overlap.
Step 3 - Cleaning Upper Overlapping Surface
Brush the upper sheet on the overlapping portions using the cleaning pads. Clean the portions of the overlap, which will be coming in contact.
Step 4 - Applying Rubber Tape Primer
Paste a patch of rubber tape primer onto the cleaned surfaces with stiff bristle paintbrush. Leave it until the prime completely gets dried.
Step: 5 - Fixing the Rubber to Rubber Tape
Peel away the strip to expose the seam rubber tape at its end. Press the opened end of the tape on the starting of rubber sheet where primer was applied.
Step 6 - Covering the Seam
Roll over the tape on the rubber sheet to until you cover it completely. Take care no dirt is there on the premiered surface.
Step 7 - Folding the Tape
Fold the overlapping piece from upper rubber sheet, with the dried primer facing down and to touch the tape on lower sheet
Step 8 - Removing the Paper Covering from Tape
Move your hand below the upper rubber sheet and pull out the paper lining on the tape. Let the upper sheet come in contact with the tape and press it on the tape. Remove the complete paper lining.
Step 9 - Smooth the Seam
Press the overlapped rubber to be smooth over the tape using a steel roller. Roll the roller at 45 degrees to make sure that there is proper adhesion. Be cautious to avoid any debris falling in the joining surfaces of rubber or tape. The seams on the rubber roof should be sealed immediately without waiting for anything.