Installing Rubber Membrane Roofing

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One of the main barriers to using Rubber Membrane Roofing is the common perception that it is difficult to install, and also difficult to move. These are not entirely accurate, and while it does require some special installation instructions, it is possible for anyone with basic construction knowledge to install rubber roofing tiles.

The first step in installing it is in the preparation of the surface. For starters, the roof must be made clean before the rubber is laid. A cleaner that is prescribed by the roofing shingles manufacturer is usually the best product to use. If one can not clean the surface because of it’s nature, it must have an underlayment laid down. For example, if the existing roof top is gravel, simply lay 1/4 inch to 3/4 inch plywood over the top before installation.

Next, the roofer must lay the first pieces of rubber. It is helpful if it is laid out for awhile so that the roofing tiles can get the wrinkles out. The manufacturer generally recommends about a half hour. Once the rubber is set, it must be folded back while the adhesive is applied. Roll back the rubber at the farthest end, and apply the adhesive evenly. Make sure that the adhesive is prepared by stirring it for at least five minutes.

While the roofer has applied adhesive to the roofing itself, he or she must also apply adhesive to the plywood or roof. This helps to create a bond that is double-tight, which guard against leaks. Be sure that the adhesive is away from the seams, as it gets a special treatment later. As the roofer lays down the roofing, use a broom or roller to eliminate any wrinkles or bubbles. Also, check to see that the adhesive is tacky. This will make the roofing tiles stick better.

Finally, one must make sure that the seams are properly installed. Rubber roofing relies on the strength of the seams, so this job must be done correctly. First, clean the seams with the cleaner prescribed by the manufacturer. Next, use the seam tape provided to seal the rubber together. Make sure to do this process slowly and neatly, so as to insure that there are no leaks. Once this part is done, slowly remove the rubber backing.

This is all it takes to install membrane roofing. It is not difficult like the experts might have one believe, and money can be saved through self installation.

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Source by Carl Formby