This is a guide to installing rubber roof installation for those people who want to do the job themselves rather than hire a professional roofer.

What You Will Need
Apart from the roofing material itself, there are a few things you’ll need to install

your insulation: a utility knife or scissors, bonding adhesive, a paint roller to apply the adhesive and a broom to sweep away any debris. You should also wear a pair of gloves at all times, and some kind of eye protection. If you are installing a rubber roof on top of an existing roof, you’ll need some sort of plywood base board to put underneath the rubber. This board should be sanded, completely clean, and dry in order to make sure it bonds properly with the rubber. If you want to attach the rubber to vertical surfaces like walls, you’ll also need some metal strips to attach it properly. Cheap aluminium termination bars can be purchased for this purpose.

Rubber Roof Installation Step By Step

If you have black rubber roofing, it’s best to install this on a cool dry day with lots of cloud cover. It can’t be too cold, though, because the late bonding adhesive needs a temperature of at least 10®C for at least 48 hours after application. If the day is too hot and sunny, the rubber mempane can heat up very quickly because the black rubber will absorb the heat from the sun. Since rubber is very heavy, it’s a good idea to have another person there to help you lift it.

Rubber roofing material comes in rolls of up to fifteen meters wide to thirty meters long, so you shouldn’t need to do a lot of cutting and shaping in order to fit it to your roof. You should be able to cover most roofs seamlessly.

You can now start installing your rubber roof. Begin by sweeping off any dirt or debris from the surface of the roof. Once this has been done, you can start applying the latex bonding adhesive with the paint roller. Make sure the adhesive is put on evenly in order to prevent air bubbles forming under the rubber. Lay the rubber roofing over the adhesive, and use the broom to make sure it lies flat and doesn’t wrinkle. After about half an hour, the adhesive should have bonded, and you can sweep it again with the broom, starting in the middle and moving outwards.

Trim away any extra rubber with the scissors or knife, and put latex tape over any seams that may exist. If you have a flat roof, then this is all you need to do to install your rubber roofing. If your roof is oddly shaped, and has pipes and other fixtures that you need to work around, it may be a good idea to get professional advice. Hardware stores should be able to offer advice on any special equipment you may need, and answer any questions you may have about the installation.

By | 2016-04-17T10:49:02+00:00 April 17th, 2016|Roofing|