Houston Roofing: Article About Rubber Roofing

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Using rubber is one way to cover a flat roof. Rubber roofing is expensive but lasts a long time. In fact, the first rubber roof was installed on a structure in 1980 and is still functioning fine. When installed properly by Houston roofing professionals, rubber roofing can waterproof and protect a flat roof better than other types of roofing materials like built up roofing and roll roofing.

Furthermore, rubber roofing is often made from rubber recycled from old tires and other items and is therefore environmentally friendly. It has traditionally been used in commercial roofing but is being used on more and more houses. An enormous advantage of rubber roofing over other materials is that, when installed correctly, it virtually eliminates the need to use additional flashing. Rubber roofing works well in any climate. It is an excellent roofing choice for structures that experience extreme weather and can keep water from leaking into a roof during severe storms.

Rubber roofing material is formally known as ethylene propylene diene monomer, EPDM or simply single ply rubber. Rubber roofing can be purchased cured or uncured. Cured rubber is stiffer, tougher and more waterproof, so it is used for covering the majority of a roof. Uncured rubber is more pliable than cured but does not have as long of a lifespan.

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It is used on along eaves, around corners and in areas where flashing would be applied with other roofing systems. It is sold in self adhesive strips and should be used sparingly.

There are a number of different ways to attach rubber membrane to the roof of a structure. It can be mechanically fastened, attached with a torch, ballasted or adhered. The most popular way is for it to be adhered with glue. Whatever the method of installation, rubber roofing should never be applied over existing roofing. Any existing roofing must be stripped down to the wood sheathing. Otherwise, the manufacturer guarantees that come with rubber roofing will be voided.

Fully adhering with glue is the easiest and ultimately the cheapest way to install a rubber roof. No special tools are required. An adhesive, usually contact cement, is put down on the sheathing, and the rubber membrane is glued to it. Aluminum strips are attached on the edge of the eaves to help with waterproofing and to reinforce any other areas prone to leaking. Decking made of wood or other types of material can be installed over a fully adhered rubber roof if desired.

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