Maintaining And Repairing Your Rubber Roof: What You Should Know

When you have a home with a rubber roof rather than one made of standard tiles or shingles, you may find yourself wondering what (if any) differences there are in maintaining and repairing a rubber roof in comparison to more traditional options. To ensure that you get the roof repair and maintenance that you need for your rubber roofing, get to know more about the repair and maintenance process so that you can get started as soon as possible.

Minimal Routine Maintenance Requirements

Rubber roofs do not require a great deal of maintenance on a routine basis in comparison to asphalt shingles and other standard roofing options. However, this does not mean that your rubber roof is infallible. It still requires some basis care.

If you live in an area that is prone to extreme shifts in temperature (very hot summers and very cold winters) or has extreme weather like tornadoes, blizzards, or hurricanes, then you may want to apply an extra layer of protection to your rubber roof. A liquid rubber sealant, for example, can help to protect your rubber roof from damage that can occur from extreme weather conditions.

Regular checks of your roof should also still be a part of your home maintenance routine. Anywhere from once a month to once every few months should suffice to ensure that your roof is not suffering any damage or other issues that require repair.

Basic Emergency Maintenance and Repairs

It is also always a good idea to head up to your roof after a storm (when everything is dry again), just to see if there is any damage to your rubber roofing structure. Rubber roof damage can look like small scratches or tears in the surface. Sometimes, it may look as though a piece of the roof has been bitten or torn out of the roof as well. Striations (or stripes) that look like stretch marks are also signs of damage to watch out for.

If you notice any damage to your roof, either from extreme weather or general wear and tear, that is small, then you can repair the damage fairly easily. You will need to first cut away a perimeter around the damaged area. This includes the rubber material as well as the fiberboard underneath. You will then cut a new piece of fiberboard to fit the hole you cut.

Once the fiberboard is secured in place with screws and washers, you can cut a new piece of rubber roofing material to fit. You will need to use a form of rubber cement to connect the new piece of roofing to the existing structure. Once the cement hardens and dries, you can apply sealant to the area, and your repair is complete. However, for larger patches or multiple damaged areas, you will want to hire a roofing contractor to help you more quickly and easily repair the damage to your rubber roof.