Rubber roofs, sometimes referred to as EPDM roofing systems, are a frequent choice for commercial (and even residential) applications where a low sloped roof installation is required. Rubber roofs have a service life of up to 20 years for most applications. The installation does not require an open flame torch, which makes this roof installation much safer and less costly. If damage from the elements occur, or if the roof develops leaks from other causes, rubber roof repair is much easier to accomplish. The ease with which rubber roofs can be fixed makes them a great choice for all kinds of structures.
What happens if repairs are needed to rubber roofs?
Rubber roof repair begins with the proper preparation of the surface so that a patch can adhere to the surface. The rubber roof is manufactured with carbon in the membrane which migrates to the roof surface as the roof ages. The roof is cleaned of this material as well as any oxidation or dirt that may have accumulated over time. This will ensure that a patch will adhere for the remaining life of the roof. Much like applying fresh paint, it is necessary to have a clean, flat surface for the new material to stick properly.
A patch is measured to extend minimally 2 inches in all directions beyond the area to be patched. This rubber roof repair patch is trimmed around the corners to prevent foot traffic from lifting the patch. Thankfully, the rubber is fairly easy to cut precisely. It is not common to have any noticeable “extra material” with any of these patches.
The next step is to apply a primer to the surface of the rubber roof where the patch will be applied. This includes the area where the edges of the patch will be placed. This process will ensure that all edges of the patch will adhere to the roof and will not be lifted up by wind. This primer ensures that the patch will remain, without curling or buckling.
Professional Rubber Roof Repair
Rubber roof repair should be done by an experienced roofing company. The correct fix is just as important as installing the rubber roof. Experience and skill are vitally important. The choice of repair materials is also important. An experienced roofing company will know how to clean the roof, so that a patch will adhere for the remaining life of the roof.
For a city like Cincinnati, rubber is a very smart material to use – particularly on low-slope buildings. The cost savings are considerable, and the ability to make easy repairs means that you will spend less in upkeep and maintenance.
If you think a rubber roof may be the right choice for your business, your commercial property, or your home, please contact us. We would be more than happy to provide you with a FREE ESTIMATE on what a job might entail.