Rubberized Roofing is a roofing system for flattening your house roofs. In other words, rubberized roofing refers to a type of flat roof. This roofing system uses a type of rubber for roofing called the EPDM roofing rubber. It is the most common synthetic rubber used by people to rubberize their house roofs.
Contents and properties of this EPDM rubber
EPDM is a mixture of Ethylene, Propylene, and Diene with monomer chemical binding. The content of ethylene is around 45% to 85%. The content of dienes is around 2.5% – 12%. If you want higher loading possibilities, better mixing plus extrusion, you can choose the ethylene with higher content which is around 65% – 85%. The common dienes used in EPDM rubber are DCPD (dicyclopentadiene), ENB (ethylidene norbornene), and VNB (vinil norbornene).
The chemical properties of EPDM rubber are the appearance, hardness, tensile failure stress, elongation after fracture, and density. The hardness value is around 40 to 90. The tensile failure stress is 25 Mpa in ultimate. The elongation after fracture is more than and equal to 300%. The density of this EPDM can be compunded from 0.9 to more than 2 gram per centimeter cubics.
Details about Rubberized Roofing
Materials used for rubberized roofing
The rubber roofing materials are somewhat like rubberized roofing paint or rubberized roofing spray, or a roll of foil. The paint or spray, of course, is the common materials for giving colors to your roofs. You can choose from using paint or spray for rubber roofing. The most used color for rubberizing your roof is black. However, you can also use any other colors easily. If you want to waterproof your roofs, you can use a roll of EPDM foil.
The other materials are PVC Flat Roof (not a rubber), peek-and-stick flashing and seam tapes. Peek-and-stick flashing and seam tapes are two materials that are good for your roof life extension. In other words, your roofs won’t leak fast if you use this black rubber glue. The prices of those 2 materials are also affordable.
You must know about roof deck timber like OSB 3, Plywood, and OSB 3 T & G before adding rubberized sprays or colors.
Guide to DIY rubberized roofing
If you don’t want to waste your money by asking builders to perform the task of rubberizing the roof of your house roof, you can do it yourself also. Here is the list of how to use the roof deck timber:
The main thing for rubber roofing installation is fitting the EPDM
- Find the roof deck timber suppliers to afford one of OSB 3, Plywood, and OSB 3 T & G
- Make sure your roof deck timber is fully clean
- Fit the rubber right to the roof deck timber
- After you have fitted, you can cut the membrane of the rubber by using sharp scissors or knives.
- Use adhesives for coating or gluing on the roof deck
- Glue on the rubber to avoid movement on the membrane
- Then roll down the rubber, for life expansion, you can also use peek-and-stick flashing where there is a wall and use seam tapes for a stronger rubber roof
If you want to make your roof stronger and serve you for a longer life, you can use peek-and-stick flashing and seam tapes along with the rubber. It is recommended to use these along with rubberized roofing. Using roof deck timber is easier and you also might easily understand the steps above. The rubber roofing cost depends upon the type and the material used so one must consider all while calculating an estimate and then install as per the requirement.