Rubber Roof Replacement Tips and Tricks

Unlike traditional asphalt shingle roof replacement, rubber roof replacement is not as involved and can be done in a short amount of time.

What Are The Costs Associated With Replacing a Rubber Roof?

Your costs are going to depend on whether or not you are replacing the entire roof, or just part of it. Keep in mind that while asphalt shingles will cost you around $100.00 per square, rubber roof shingles run around $300.00 to $400.00 per square.

What Are Some Easy Ways To Remove a Rubber Roof?

Most rubber roofs are glued with either a traditional neoprene liquid adhesive or a latex adhesive, such as rubber cement. Rubber roofs are extremely pliable, especially when it is warm, making their removal fairly easy.

You can quickly remove rubber roofing with nothing more then a sharp knife and an heat gun. If you work on your roof when there is direct sunlight and the weather is warm, you should be able to remove your rubber roof with little to no difficulty.

Cut the rubber into smaller and more manageable pieces. That way, you can easily pull if off in one pull instead of  tearing it off and leaving it behind.

Traditional roof removal tools will do you little good when it comes to removing your roof because of the nature of the material.

Replacing Your Rubber Roof

When replacing your rubber roof, check with your local building code enforcement agency to get the proper permits for the job.  

Your replacement rubber roof will be installed pretty much the same way that it was initially done. A layer of foam will be added to the top of the roof. This foam acts as a insulation for the roof, then the entire roof is covered with the rubber roof material.

Some Tricks To Quickly And Efficiently Replace Your Rubber Roof

Before beginning, as with any large project, contact your building code enforcement agency and find out what permits you will be needing before you begin your project. Nothing can shut a project down faster then improper permit paperwork.

Make sure that you have everything that you need before you begin. This will save you from making trips to the home improvement store.

Consider hiring a contractor. If it is in your budget, consider contacting a contractor. Or at least get an estimate from a few to see if doing the project yourself is cost effective.

Work on your roof during a dry streak. Rubber roofs will remove easier if worked on when there is direct sunlight and the temperatures are warm.

Be careful to not use nails or any other materials that can puncture your rubber roof. Rubber roofs are designed to be adhered to your home's roof with a liquid adhesive. Using any other type of material, such as a nail, to install your rubber shingles to your roof will create puncture holes that will cause the rubber to leak. Once moisture starts to get on the underside of the roofing material, you will have to replace it.