Tips to Help You Repair a Rubber Roof Leak

21 February 2017
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Rubber roofs are easy to install. They are also durable. Add to these the fact that they are easy to maintain, and you have a roof that that is ideal for use in commercial buildings.

However, with time, these roofs wear out. As a result, they can develop leaks that may expose your property to water damage. The good news is that fixing these leaks is easy. Here is are tips that will come in handy in helping you do so.

Detection of the leak

Most leaks that develop on rubber roofs are usually located at depressed sections of the roofs. This is because these sections encourage the formation of water pools. This accelerates the rate at which these sections deteriorate, increasing the risks of formation of leaking points. Areas at which the rubber roof meets other fixtures such as skylight curbs and chimneys are also easy-to-develop-leaks points, as are seams. Focusing on these areas will accelerate the rate at which you locate the leak area.

Roof preparation

It is important to ensure that the leak area is free of dirt and other contaminants before applying the patch. Contaminants will get between the primer and the rubber roof, something that will reduce the strength of the bonds formed.

To ensure that you end up with a durable patchwork, start the repair process by preparing the roof surface. This will involve sweeping away any debris and dirt particles, scrubbing off any remaining dirt with a dish brush, and scraping away traces of dried glue from the roof's surface. To ensure a primer-friendly surface, you should wipe the surface with a specialized rubber roof cleaner. After you are done, make sure that you give the surface enough time to dry. Water can also diminish the strength of the primer-roof bonds.

Primer application

While it is important to be generous when applying the primer, make sure that you don't leave thick primer puddles. This is because these puddles will take longer to dry than other areas. And since better bonds are created once the primer has dried, this will create areas of weakness that may then cause you patchwork to come off prematurely.

It is also important to apply the primer a couple of inches beyond the edge of the patch. This creates a large stick-surface that ensures that even the edges of the patch have a place on which to hold onto. Doing this will therefore make for durable repair work.