It is normal to feel the urge to take matters into your hands by installing rubber roofing yourself. This happens all the time. Almost all homeowners go through times when they wonder if doing the work without hiring a professional roofer is the best solution. This often happens as a way of saving money. Doing the installation yourself might also appear appealing if the last roofer you hired did a terrible job. The steps to follow in this project include preparing, positioning, applying, and installing. Next is to attach it properly before working on the edges.
Be ready with the accessories or supplies needed for this job, which are mainly:
- Water-based adhesive
- Contact adhesive
- Rubber roofing material
- Safety wear
Installing rubber roofing does not require any special set of skills. The first thing you have to do is choose the right day for installing it. The day should be not only calm but also clear. A rainy day does not provide the conditions required for installing the roof well. A windy day is also not appropriate for quality installation. If the weather is off in any way, you are likely to commit too many errors during the installation. This will invariably affect the roof’s ability to serve you as desired. Poor installation allows leaks to develop and reduces the roof’s lifespan.
Work on Decking
The roof decking needs some work too, and this includes:
- Ensuring it is stable
- Keeping it clean
- Ascertaining it is dry
- Keeping the decking free from sharp edges and points
The next task is stripping the roof down to its decking. Check for debris and clean the roof if you find any. Do not be in a rush while examining the roof for debris. Any debris that you miss could come back to destroy your rubber roofing later. The tiniest piece of junk or small defects that you fail to notice and rectify could cause damages that cost thousands of dollars to fix. In essence, the extra caution you apply in checking the roof could save you a lot of money or probably send you hurling into the pit of the financial meltdown.
Measure and Cut Spaces for Vents and Chimneys
Measuring and cutting the spaces needed for chimneys or vents should be your next course of action. At this point, the roof is ready for a coat of adhesive. Nonetheless, it is wise and highly advisable for you to sweep, clean and clear the space one more time. If it is all clean, you can now proceed to apply the adhesive. Afterward, roll the rubber roofing out on the clean surface. While doing this, remember to trim the material’s edges carefully. Adjusting it for any air bubbles that might be present underneath is to be the next step.
Do not Ignore Gaps
Proper installation is essential for giving the roof the extra protection against leaks. In addition to this, proper installation is central in ensuring EPDM rubber roofing continues being a versatile system. Do not leave gaps in place on the roof. Fix them as fast as you notice them. Use wooden strips to fill these gaps. Gaps that are bigger than 0.25 inches in size need to be filled quickly but effectively. Otherwise, they will create the conditions that make your newly DIY installed EPDM rubber roofing to fail horribly.
Give Allowance for Overlap
Lastly, make plans to allow overlap. An overlap of at least 6 inches is highly recommended when playing each new piece of EPDM. The overlap serves a very important role in the roofing. It ensures all the pieces adhere properly, thus allowing water to flow smoothly down the roof span. Once installed, you also have to keep checking, inspecting and maintaining the roof constantly throughout the year. While EPDM is low maintenance, this does not necessarily mean you have to ignore it. Take care of it well to get your money’s worth back.