Basically, rubber roofing is used on flat roofs which require moisture protection against snow and rain because of its inability to drain naturally. In case you want to install a rubber roof, you can do so using materials that are available at hardware stores. However, it is always prudent to involve a professional roofer so as to meet all roofing warranty requirements and also ensure all local building standards are met. Before you start the installation process, ensure you have Push Broom, Roller, Rolls of Rubber Epdm Roofing and Special Rubber Roofing Adhesive.
Firs of all, you should be aware that this is not a very easy project. Before assembling rubber materials on the site, make sure the existing roof surface is carefully removed of any nails and pre-existing shingles and debris. Attach those roof boards that have loosened. Fill any gap that is bigger than a quarter an inch with wooden strips. This is because the rubber membrane can not cover gaps that exceed a quarter an inch without any possibility of failing.
Rolling Out the Rubber Membrane
From the bottom of the roof, start rolling out the rubber membrane from one side of the roof, along to the centre to the other side. Wait at least thirty minutes to lie there undisturbed. The next thing is to fold half of the membrane from the bottom over on the top half of the membrane. Using the broom, sweep the exposed roof deck and the roof rubber membrane.
Applying the Rubber Roofing Adhesive
By the use of the roller, apply the rubber roofing adhesive on both the deck of the roof and the rubber roofing membrane. Carefully, unfold the roof rubber membrane to its initial location. To get a stronger bond of the adhesive, use the stiff bristled broom to push down the rubber membrane against the deck. Repeat the same procedure on the other rubber roof membrane.
Attaching the Rubber Roof Membranes
Take the next rubber membrane and roll it out. Ensure that there is a six inch overlap on the portion beneath it. Such overlapping is very important when correcting adhesion between the layers and also allows water to flow naturally from the top of the roof to the all the way the edge. Just as you did with the first one, glue down the second portion and the same process continues until the entire roof is covered. However, you should be cautioned that you can only put this roof rubber membrane when you are sure that there are zero chances of rain for at least three days. This is because the rubber roofing adhesive has to take at least forty eight hours before it becomes fully waterproof.
These are the major steps that you have to follow when installing rubber roof membrane. As stated earlier, it is crucial that you involve a professional roofer to provide you with exact estimates of your roofing materials and labour. Once you have the correct roofing cost, you can decide the roofing be done the professional roofer to avoid any wastage and time consuming.