Rubber roofs have garnered the favour of many people globally. What makes roofline rubber roofs so unique? What materials are used to make the roofs? How can you install a rubber roof? This is what you need to find out. Perhaps you want to install a new roof or replace your existing roof with a rubber roof but you don’t have any clue on how to do this. Don’t worry. This article will guide you on the entire installation process from start to finish;
When installing a new rubber roof, it is important to ensure that the surface is tidy without any debris. It is also important to align any sharp edges on the roof deck. Let’s look at the installation process;
Step 1: preparing the roof
This is the first step if you want to replace the existing roof with a new one. However, if you want to install a new roof, skip this step. First, carefully remove the timber that was used to secure the existing roof’s edge. The timber can be reused to fix the new rubber roof or you may opt for new timber if the old ones are not in good condition.
Step2: relaxing EPDM rubber membrane
Here, you will be required to unpack the membrane of your roof and then position if carefully over your roof deck. Ensure that it hangs over your roof on all the sides. For best results, allow the membrane to relax for some time before using it; 30 minutes is ideal in this case.
Step 3: fold the membrane
After the membrane has relaxed, fold back a half of the membrane tightly such that it exposes the deck of the roof. Use gaffer tape to ensure that the membrane does not move out of its position.
Take the water based deck and apply it to the deck of the roof with the help of a paint roller. Then apply adhesive from the ridge to the bottom edges. However, the adhesive must be wet as you roll the membrane back into its position.
Step four: securing the edges
There are many options that you can use to secure the edges of your membrane. Some of the valid options include; first, use treated timber battens to clamp your rubber membrane on the edge of the rubber roof. Secondly, use the screws provide to secure the edges of the membrane. Finally, use clout Nails to secure the edge of the membrane.
After you are done with everything, it is important to give your rubber roof a unique, tidy and attractive look. To do this, sweep the rubber roof using a soft brush until you are satisfied with the general appearance of the roof. Alternatively, you can order an installation DVD if you want illustrations on the steps. As simple as that!
The quality of rubber roofs surpasses other roofs in many aspects. However, the beauty of these roofs lies on their durability and ability to save energy. Moreover, rubber requires minimal attention as far as maintenance is concerned. When it comes to repairing, rubber roofs need the least effort. So, what are you waiting for? Install one for today!