Has your roof been experiencing trouble due to the ever-changing weather? Have you been having leaks? Are you looking to waterproof your roof? Here, we’ll try to help you gather the right information so you can weatherproof your roof and any area of your house that needs weatherproofing immediately.

Practical Tips or Weatherproofing your Roof

If you have an old tar roof system and are trying to save it from cracks and other damage, you can use rubber and acrylic based liquid barrier to waterproof your roof and other parts of your house. It also provides a vapor barrier. Just pour it out and apply it like paint. It is important to prep the area thoroughly first. Make sure that all crevasses, holes, cracks are exposed and dealt with before applying the liquid. Whatever spot you miss will be the place that leaks and will allow other elements in later on after everything has been installed and has dried.

If you’re looking for a more environmentally friendly substance like EPDM (ethylene, propylene, and a small amount of diene monomer) that is not liquid and more of a rubber membrane-like material, then you’re in luck. You will find a fully adhered roofing system that requires no flame to install and has a life expectancy up to 50 years. It is a long-term solution for primarily flat roof systems, including extensions, garages, chalets, carports and garden sheds.

Tips on Installing your EDPM Rubber Membrane Roof

  • Prep your roof before doing anything else. The rubber systems are designed to adhere to flat roofs. The surface must be smooth, dry and clean. Arras rails are not needed.
  • It is recommended that you install a drip batten for all exposed perimeters and gutter trim before installation. You may need a back piece for the gutter trim. Make sure all adjoining brickwork and chases, if needed are swept and dust free.
  • If you plan on keeping the original felt in place, it is recommended that you do some over boarding with OSB (Oriented Strand Board) or a similar material that suits your home. It should lie flat as possible so it has a smooth and even adhesion.
  • Apply the water-based adhesive to the flat roof. A good rule of thumb to leave at least 150mm of space along the edges free. Gently roll out the membrane into position.
  • When rolling out the membrane is sure to smooth out any creases, bumps and air bubbles with a paint roller.
  • Remove any excess membrane with a sharp knife and repeat the same process to all sides.

Make sure to contact a roofing expert when deciding to weatherproof your roof. A qualified roofer can help you weigh your options depending on your needs and budget. Good luck and get weatherproofing!

Written by Enrich Construction, the best service for roofing Columbia, MO has to offer.