Patch Your Rubber Roofing in Sections Patch Your Rubber Roofing in Sections

What You'll Need
Warm Water
Clean Cloth
Alcohol
Putty Knife
Polyurethane Sealant
Seam Tape
Silicone Hand Roller
Roof Flashing (optional)

Rubber roofing is often used on flat roofs and is an extremely durable, functional and relatively inexpensive material in terms of cost of materials, installation and maintenance. Despite all its pros, problems of leakages are common in rubber roofs and are usually caused by a damaged or unreliable seam, air vent or some other related component.

Solving these common problems by patching your rubber roofing in sections does not require professional assistance and is only a moderately challenging job. Therefore, use the following tools and materials and the installation steps explained to complete this task with little difficulty.

Step 1: Diagnose the Problem

Before you get down to the process of repairing, it is important first to identify the problem and diagnose the reason(s) which caused the issue in the first place. Leaks are a common problem, as mentioned earlier, and are caused by ineffectively attached seams or accumulation of debris slicing through the roof’s surface. Therefore, check for all possible locations where the adhesive is no longer sticking to the membrane, and also look out for pipes or vents penetrating the roof.

Step 2: Set Up Your Roof

Once the root problems are resolved, begin the project by preparing your roof for the repair. Start by cleaning the roof top with the help of a clean cloth and a little warm water. Let it dry completely. Then, alcohol can be used on the surface to remove any adhesive residue. Proceed by removing any seam tape around the leak. 

Step 3: Begin Repair

Before you begin any repair, be sure that the temperature is at least 50 degrees, or else the repaired sections will not be able to dry out completely, which would adversely affect your rubber roofing. First, apply a polyurethane roof sealant with the help of a putty knife with rounded corners. If you are working on a puncture, assure that you spread the sealant to about 7 inches around the damaged location.

Step 4: Apply Seam Tape

Cut up some seam tape, and use it to wrap up the area where the sealant was initially applied. Use your fingers to feel for any creases or irregularities and ensure that the tape is applied evenly throughout the sealant patch. Smooth down any abnormal creases with the help of a silicone hand roller. Roll it thoroughly over the entire patch or seam. It is extremely important to level the seam tape, or else you might risk having leaks later on.

Step 5: Finishing Touches

To increase the longevity and durability of your rubber roof, install roof flashing. Appropriate installation assures maximum possible protection to your roof. It is highly recommended that each of your roof gets about four inches of flashing material. Using a heavy duty staple gun to secure the flashing to the roof and an application of some tar before the installation of shingles is recommended.

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