Rubber Roof Maintenance Tips

Posted on: 18 June 2018

Rubber roofing, which is common with flat roofs, is known for several advantages, including its durability. However, it is still susceptible to damage just like other roofing materials. This means you must maintain your rubber roof to avoid its premature failure. Here are some maintenance practices to execute.

Keep It Clean

The dirtier your rubber roof is, the more likely it is to suffer damage. Hard debris, such as sand particles, can scratch and tear the rubber surface, especially if pressed onto the roof with foot traffic. The debris will also trap moisture and other contaminants and accelerate the deterioration of the rubber seals. Therefore, you need to keep the roof clean to avoid damage; cleaning three or four times a year should suffice. Remember to be gentle with your cleaning to avoid further damage; for example, you should avoid hard-bristled brushes or power washing since they may damage the roof.

Replace Old Sealant

Despite your best efforts at maintenance, one thing you can't stop is the deterioration of the roof sealants (around vents, air conditioner openings, and other sections of the roof). The deterioration is caused by regular wear and tear as well as the actions of weather elements, such as sunlight and moisture. Since deteriorated seals will encourage roof leakage, you need to remove them and replace them with new sealant. You should know that the sealant is deteriorated if it is loose and crumbling.

Prevent Moss Growth

Moss can damage your rubber roof faster than many other dangers so you need to keep it at bay. Moss prevention starts with keeping the roof clean and dry, which means you need to trim tree branches overhanging the roof. You also need to scrub off signs of moss or mold using anti-mold treatments so that they don't thrive on your roof.

Repair Small Damages

Lastly, you need to fix small cracks and holes on the roof before they become unmanageable and necessitate roof replacement. Regular inspection of the roof should help you identify these damages so that you can fix them on time. Joints and stretched out areas are some of the places most susceptible to damage and should be inspected keenly. Use butyl rubber repair and sealing tape to prevent the damage from spreading further.

The best way to maintain a roof is to create a maintenance program that involves a professional roofing company. Hopefully, your roofer will be able to help you maintain your roof and prolong its life for as long as possible.