Rubber Roofing Repair
Rubber roofs are easy to maintain, to clean and to fix. They are also able to stand the test of time pretty successfully. However, even the most durable materials are sure to be damaged. So if you have recently encountered that your roof is leaking or the rubber material has worn off and you have to patch it, you are left with two choices: either to call a workman who will quote you a big sum of money and make you feel like you are not man enough to patch your own roof or fix it yourself. The latter has never been easier with the techniques and recommendations provided below.
Rubber roofing repair kit
- Any adhesive of good quality or a special tape;
- Broom or rubber alcohol (see the recommendations below) to clean the area;
- Roller (you can also use your hands or fingers);
- Scissors (or a knife);
- Piece of chalk (optional);
- Rubber pieces either cut out yourself or purchased;
- Piece of cloth and rubber as well as a pair of gloves.
Note: Don't worry to use hand-made tools instead of those listed here, like, fingers instead of a roller since there is no point in purchasing tools you don't need on a daily basis. However, if you want an excellent result, you may find it more convenient to stick to professional tools.
- Find the problem. The most frequent are holes due to harsh weather conditions or wears that are bound to appear over a long period of time since the surface is exposed to harmful environmental factors. Indicate them if there are many of them or they are easy to overlook. Search for them carefully.
- Clean the area that needs repairing. Brush away debris and rocks.
- Cut out the roof area where a hole is detected.
- Decide upon the size of a patch.
- Applying scissors cut out a rubber patch of a preferable size.
- Clean the area carefully once again to avoid rocks and dirt coming into contact with the adhesive, thus preventing it from setting and holding the patch.
- Apply the adhesive or a tape both to the underside of a patch as well as the outer corners of a cut out area.
- Press the patch to the surface of the roof with the help of the roller. You can always use your fingers to check if the patch holds well.
- Detect the problem area. Indicate if necessary with a piece of chalk or some paint if needed.
- Break the seams of the roof apart carefully.
- Clean the area and make sure there is no adhesive left at the seams.
- Apply the adhesive to the bottom and top surfaces.
- Press down and hold.
- Make sure the adhesive has set. Use your fingers to see if the adhesive holds to the seams. However, don't pull too hard.
The rule of thumb is to never let the rubber material reach the point of no return. Regular check-ups are absolutely required. Don't wait until the material wears off completely. Fix the holes and patch each time the state of the material calls for it. If possible, try to have a look at the roof after each season especially after excessive rains or snow. Whenever you see that the rubber wears thin at some place, patch immediately. If the area is very large, use a more durable material next time.
Recommendations for rubber roofing repair
- If the rubber material is old and multiple patches don't solve the problem, there is no sense in fixing the holes each month. It would be better to purchase another roll of rubber and to roof the house once again.
- It is commonly advised to use the rubbing alcohol or cleanser while cleaning the surface and let it dry. Do so to avoid the remnants of the adhesive. However, if the remnants are not present at the seams, you can use a broom for cleaning or any other tool you may find convenient.
- Rubber pieces are available on-line or can be purchased from any local workshop. Take into account that the patch has to be a bit larger than the actual size of a hole because the patch has to cover a larger area.
- It is advisable to repair a roof in the warm periods of year from April till September since the adhesive should have the time to set and facilitate the repair.
- Don't forget to safeguard yourself against falling off a roof or a ladder. It is highly important to wear safety boots.