How to Apply EPDM Rubber Roofing

Building roofs come in some different materials. Some are better than others and there are times when you’ll need to replace all or part of a roof. If that time comes up for you, putting on EPDM rubber roofing might be a good option for your needs.

This type of roofing is becoming a popular choice amongst roofers these days. It comes with a long list of benefits that will help prolong the life of your roof, as well as protect everything that’s inside your building.

Installing EPDM rubber roofing is something that can be done on your own if you feel so inclined to do so. In this article we’re going to go over how to apply EPDM rubber roofing, as well as some tips for how to prevent repairs of the roof in the future.

Getting Started

Before you start your application process you need to prepare the area. The first thing you should do is conduct a thorough inspection of the roof so that you can address any existing problems and make any necessary repairs. There may be some gaps or cracks that need tending to or areas that need evening out so water doesn’t keep collecting there. Take care of these things first.

Your inspection should also be spent looking for seam separations and the presence of any silicone caulk. If you find there is silicone caulk used anywhere, you’ll want to remove this and replace it with a better alternative before applying the EPDM rubber roofing.

Next, you’ll go to cleaning the roof surface. Start by clearing away any debris, carefully scraping away anything that’s stuck to the material. If you find there is rust anywhere, you can use a wire brush to remove anything that’s loose. Don’t worry about applying any type of rust inhibitor because the EPDM rubber roofing will take care of this issue on its own.

Once the roof has been cleared and cleaned, let it dry completely. A wet roof won’t allow the liquid roofing to adhere properly so it’s important that it’s allowed to dry all the way.

Lastly, take some blue painter’s tape and tape off the area where you’re going to be applying the EPDM rubber roofing liquid. This will help you only apply it where you want it and can prevent running onto other surfaces.

Time to Apply

Now that you’ve reached the point of applying the rubber roofing, it’s time to get down to business. The first thing you need to do for this step is mix up your product. For some of these, you’ll be adding a catalyst to the mixture during the mixing process. However, there is a product option that doesn’t need a catalyst added. All of these products will need to be mixed though. The best way to do this is with an electric drill. You’ll want to allow about five minutes for stirring up the product.

Once it’s ready, you’ll use a medium-sized nap roller to paint the EPDM rubber roofing product onto the surface of your roof. You want to make sure you apply the product in an even manner. You don’t want it to be thicker in some areas than it is in others.

For going around structures on the roof, corners, and edges that the roller doesn’t work very well for, you can just switch to a paint brush. This will allow you to apply the liquid roofing with better precision.

After the roof is all covered, you’ll want to let it dry completely before getting up there to do any more work that’s necessary. It will feel dry to the touch in about four hours or so, but it’s best if you let it dry all the way through, which should complete within a day.

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