Process To Replace Rubber Roofing Membrane

Rubber roof replacement method

Process of replacing rubber roof

Are you having rubber roofing? Does it need to be replaced? If yes then you are fortunate enough that you don’t need to remove the old roofing and without removing it, you can just apply the new layer of rubber roofing. It can be really complicated if you need to remove the old layer of roofing and then new layer of rubber roofing membrane. While replacing rubber roofing membrane, you can just place the new layer right on the top of the old and existing layer which is really simple and easy. This will save much of your time, energy, effort and money. Replacing rubber roofing membrane without removing old layer will also add up a new and extra layer of protection and insulation and save it from rain. This extra insulation layer will also keep the heating and cooling cost low.

  • Clean the existing layer of roof

Before you replace rubber roofing membrane, you need to clean the existing roofing layer. Take a broom for cleaning and get rid of all the loose debris which is lying on the roof. When you are done with getting rid of loose debris, take rubber cleaning solvent and apply it on whole roof. Let the solvent be there for a period of ten minutes and get dry.

  • Let the rubber stretch

Once the cleaner gets dry properly, now it’s the time for the new roofing layer to be applied on the old one with cleaner. Let the old rubber roofing membrane layer relax on the dry and give it chance to stretch to the full size. This process of stretching can take some hours.

  • Start to adhere rubber with the roof

The best way of doing this is to fold the layer into half. After that apply the cleaning solvent to the newer layer of rubber roofing and then allow the newer layer to dry. Take a paint roller and apply a thin and an even coat of the adhesive to both the layers the new one and the old one. Make sure you are not applying too much of it as it can result in creation of bubbles. These bubbles can result in creation of cracks in the later stage and hence make sure to avoid this. Let the adhesive dry little bit and let it become bit tacky. This will not take more than 10 minutes. Very swiftly roll up the new rubber roofing layer and material on the old one. You can make use of small silicon hand roller to smoothening the bubble if you by mistake create any.

  • Adhere the remaining part of the roof

The rest half part of the rubber roofing is remaining. Repeat the same process with the rest of the rubber roofing membrane. But this time you need to allow the adhesive to get dry for three hours. Take a weighted roller and use it on the entire to get rid of any remaining bubble. This will create a strong and even bond on your rubber roofing.


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