How A Professional Roofer Replaces A Rubber Roof On Your Home

You may have a rubber roof if you have a flat or low-slope roof. Rubber roofs are made of synthetic rubber membranes that are durable, waterproof, and easy to install. However, like any roofing material, they can wear out over time and must be replaced. Fortunately, a roofing contractor can replace your rubber roof for you. 

The Removal of Your Old Rubber Roof

The first step is to remove the old rubber roof from the roof deck. The contractor carefully removes your roof while not damaging the roof deck or any flashing around the edges. Then, they dispose of the old rubber roof materials.

Cleaning and Preparing the Roof Deck 

The next step is to clean and prepare the roof deck for the new rubber roof. The contractor will sweep and vacuum the roof deck to remove dust, debris, and nails. Then, they will fill any holes or gaps in the roof deck with roofing cement and let it dry.

The Installation of the New Rubber Roof

The final step is to install the new rubber roof on the roof deck. The contractor will roll out the rubber membrane over the roof deck, ensuring it is centered and aligned with the chalk line. They will cut off any excess material. 

Next, the contractor will fold back the rubber membrane and apply roofing adhesive to the roof deck with a trowel or a roller. They will then unfold the rubber membrane and press it firmly onto the adhesive. They must make sure there are no wrinkles or bubbles in the rubber membrane. 

Next, they will nail down the edges of the rubber membrane with roofing nails along the perimeter of the roof deck. Finally, they will seal any seams or overlaps between sections of the rubber membrane with seam tape. They will apply pressure to the seam tape with a roller to ensure a tight seal.

Why You Shouldn't Replace a Rubber Roof Yourself

There are several reasons why replacing a rubber roof yourself is not recommended. First, rubber roofing materials require specialized equipment. Trying to install a rubber roof on your own could result in improper installation, leading to leaks and other issues down the line.

Rubber roofs are often installed on flat or low-sloping roofs, which can be challenging to navigate safely. Climbing up on a roof without proper training, equipment, and safety precautions could put you at risk.

Finally, installing a rubber roof requires a certain level of expertise and knowledge of roofing systems. If you're not familiar with the process, you could make costly mistakes that could cost you more in the long run.

Hire a Professional Instead

While it may be tempting to try and save money by replacing a rubber roof yourself, it's really not worth the risk. It's always best to leave this type of job to the professionals with the experience, skills, and equipment needed to do it right.

Contact a local roof replacement service to learn more.