Many people are now beginning to appreciate rubber roofs. In some areas, it has even become a trend. Many homeowners are running after rubber roofs today because they can last for an incredibly long period. And while being durable, they wouldn’t require any die-hard maintenance to keep them in good shape. They have also proven to be an extremely easy piece to install. Those are just some of the many reasons homeowners prefer rubber roofs to those made from other materials.
Whether you are new to roof installations or you’ve been in it for quite some time, it is important to understand that the installation guidelines for rubber roofs are slightly different from the others. This is particularly important for those choosing the DIY path. This article will highlight how to install a rubber roof.
Strip The Roof To Plywood Base
It is always an exciting experience to install a new roof. To save time and cost, some people prefer to install the new roof atop the old one. That approach is not the best when installing rubber roofs.
Before starting your rubber roof installation, you have to ensure the roof is stripped to the plywood base. One reason for that is that many manufacturers do not regard warranties to be valid when you install them on an old roof.
Cut Out The Irregular Shapes First
When you have stripped the roof to the plywood base successfully, your next duty is to get the dimensions of irregular shapes like vents, chimneys, and antennas. After doing that, you can use the other roofing sheets on the main roof and trim where necessary. You are free to prepare the adhesive after measuring and cutting out the roof shapes for those irregular sections. Before you apply the adhesive, there are other things you need to accomplish first.
Clean The Roof First
Some people think this one is of no real significance, but it is. Don’t be in a hurry to apply the adhesive on the roof when you have not swept the roof first. You must get every dust, dirt, and debris off the roof by sweeping it and cleaning it anyhow you can. Do you know why this is more important than you think?
It is important because when you leave any debris, dust, or dirt on the roof, it prevents the adhesive from sticking effectively. So they need to be taken out, so nothing comes between the adhesive and roof. It needs to be as neat as possible.
Roll Rubber On Adhesive
Here, you roll the rubber roof on the adhesive, get all the necessary parts that need to be trimmed, and check if there are any air bubbles. If there is nothing to worry about, give the adhesive 60 minutes to bond properly. Then check if there will be any need for any final adjustments. You can add rubber shingles to your rubber roof to boost its beauty.