Rubber Flat Roof Repairs – New Canaan, Westport, Redding

This is a list of things to look for when considering a flat roof repair:

  1. The overlapping seams of the rubber roof.  
  2. The flashing around skylights.
  3. Vent pipes – the rubber boot around the pipe.
  4. Chimney’s – Is the flashing and grout sealed and tight.
  5. The transitions from a flat roof to a shingle roof.
  6. Doors – when a door leads out to a roof, the door sill could cause leaks.
  7. Windows – open storm windows, air conditioners in windows, rotten window sills.
  8. The valleys of a shingle roof leading to a rubber roof.
  9. The metal edging on the perimeter of a rubber roof.
  10. The age of the roof – naturally if a roof is 20 years or older, then the membrane could also cause problems.

Repairing flat roofs with rubber – New Canaan, Westport, Redding

The 3 rubber roofs are explained in this video TPO, EPDM Rubber and Torch Down

When it comes to rubber flat roof repairs, don’t feel overwhelmed. Serving New Canaan to Westport and Redding. There are many ways and tricks fixing leaks on flat roofs. Most of the flat roof repairs needed are around vents flat roof drains and chimneys.

This video is about the three roofing materials found on flat roofs. Before proper repairs can be made on flat roofs, the type of roofing material must be established.

Before replacing a flat roof with a new one, watch this video to understand the three different roofing materials roofing contractors use for their roofing projects.

Serving Westport, New Canaan, Redding, Ridgefield, Stamford

Flat Roof Repairs – Very seldom will a leak be from the roof membrane itself. Most rubber roofs are durable and can hold water. Most roof leaks are due to flashing problems. Laying down a roof is pretty easy, but connecting a membrane to another material, like metal flashing becomes tricky. Every roofer has their own methods on how to do so. The cause of a roof leak must be found before it can be repaired. There are many factors that could cause a leak.

Temporary Flat Roof Repairs 

After finding what causes the leak, it is relatively easy to repair a flat roof.

A temporary repair can be done using caulking. It is advisable not to make to much of a mess when making such repairs, because cleaning up to make a more permanent repair becomes more expensive. Before fixing a leak, it is essential to determine what type of material is on the roof. There are mainly two materials used, EPDM or Modified Bitumen. It is critical not to use any petroleum products on an EPDM rubber. The tar will eat through the synthetic rubber or damage it.

Flat roof Repairs - Modified Bitumen Rubber roofs are the best systems for Flat Roofs. New Canaan, Westport, Connecticut.
This is a Torch Down roof in Stamford. This roof has a Silver Coating that protects it from ultraviolets preventing many roof repairs.

DIY Flat Roof Repair Videos and Instructions

Before making a Flat Roof Repair, you need to determine the kind of material.

How to determine what rubber membrane you have:

This is what an EPDM rubber roof looks like. It is smooth and has fewer seams. They often need repairs. New Canaan, Westport, Connecticut

EPDM rubber is very smooth and mostly black. If you know what an inner tube of a car tire looks like, then that is what EPDM rubber is. The rubber is very smooth and easy to clean. They come in a variety of widths, and so you will have large surfaces that have no seams. Most of the time you will notice a bead of caulk at seams and flashing. The image shows a Flat roof we repaired in Greenwich.

New Canaan, Westport, Connecticut - Flat Roof repairs - This is what a EPDM rubber roof looks like. It is smooth and have less seams. They often need repairs. Flat Roof Repairs - New Canaan, Westport, Redding - We repair all types of flat roofing materials
This image is that of an EPDM Rubber Roof. Notice the few seams and the smooth surface. It is black and has no ultraviolet protection and will be in need of repair within 8 – 10 years of installation.

Modified Bitumen Torch down

When it comes to Flat Roof repairs, Modified Bitumen Torch Down is the easiest to fix. Modified Bitumen Membranes – They come in different styles. The most common are plain, white or black granular surfaces. These membranes are three feet wide. You will see a seam every 3 feet. If you look carefully, you will notice how excessive material is bleeding out from the seam when it was heat welded. The image shows a Flat Roof we did in New Canaan.

New Canaan, Westport CT - Torch Down Rubber Roof Repair - Redding - We repair all types of flat roofing materials
This image is of a Modified Bitumen Torch Down Rubber Roof. Notice the white granules embedded that give its white appearance. This Torch Down rubber roof will outlast any other roofing system because it is four times thicker as EPDM or TPO and has UV protection

Tar and Gravel Roofs

Hot Tar and Gravel roofs are still around. Most of them are at the age of being replaced. There are still roofers in the country that installs Tar and Gravel roofs. To make a Flat roof repair on such material is extremely difficult and could lead to disaster. Only if the roof is relatively new, it is worth making repairs. It is important to use the proper materials to make Flat Roof repairs. Each type of roof requires different treatment when it comes to repairs.

Flat Roof Repairs -Hot Tar and gravel roofs often needs repairs due to their age. New Canaan, Westport, CT
This image shows a Tar and Gravel roof. The stone was to protect the asphalt from ultraviolets
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3 thoughts on “Rubber Flat Roof Repairs – New Canaan, Westport, Redding”

  1. I concur that Coatings can help counteract difficulty and spare your rooftop for long time. EPDM Rubber Roofing Repair is for health and offer blended bag of advantages like time, cash and vitality funding price range and encompass existence of rooftop.

    1. Hi Emma
      I wish you would elaborate more on what you meant by “Advantages”. I think all you tried to do is a get a link to your website. I would gladly have given you a link but you did not contribute much with your text.

      The disadvantages of an EPDM roof outway the advantages by far. The roofing material the EPDM is made from is very thin. The adhesives that are used to glue the seams together has failed over four times since they came up with improved revisions. The last time the introduced a new adhesive was 2016 and that still has to go through a field test for the next 10 years.


  2. Hi Naas!
    I have a modified bitumen torch down roof and have been watching your videos. I am trying to determine the best approach to make repairs. I have some ponding and cracks along seams, but no active leaks. I have found that my scuppers appear to be too high as well. A contractor recommended silicone sealing. After hearing his cost estimate, I decided it best to do this myself. My concern is that if I do a silicone seal, I can never add another layer of modified bitumen again to fix any future issues. The temperatures are dropping where I live and I know that I need to make sure the products I use can handle weather between 40-55 degrees. Would you recommend that i first lower scuppers, then use a mastic with a type of fabric on the seam cracks? Or would it be better to use pieces on modified bitumen with the plastic burned off sealed down with mastic? After doing this should I use a silicone based seal? Do you have any product recommendations? I have pictures if that would help. Thanks so much! This site is incredibly helpful!

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