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.

"Locating the leak is harder than fixing it"

    1. Find the object or place where the roof is leaking
      • Get reference points inside the building or take measurements from two walls to get an approximate idea where the leak is on the roof
      • Check the flashing, skylights, door-pans, vent pipes for possible clues that could cause the leak
    2. Tools and Materials needed
      • Disposable Brush
      • Rags
      • Scissors
      • Steel brush
      • Scraper
      • Turbo Poly Seal or Super Silicone Seal from https://bergstromm.com/
    3. Prepare the Surface:
      • Use the wire brush and brush away any loose paint, debris
      • Wipe the surface clean from any dust
      • Remove any old caulking with a scraper
      • Remove old Tar
    4. Start the repair:
      • Open the can of Turbo Poly Seal or Super Silicone Seal.
      • Stir the contents well
      • Apply a thick coat of sealant over the leaky area covering at least 2 inches on each side of the leak
      • Measure and cut a piece of Polyester Fleece that will be big enough to cover the leak area
      • Apply the fleece over the sealant and dab it into the sealant with the brush
      • Apply a final coat of Sealant over the fleece ensuring that the entire Polyester cloth is covered
    5. Curing Time:
      • Make sure there is at least 1 hour time after fixing the leak and before it rains
      • It takes about 24 hours to cure at 65° F
      • If there is any  sealant left in the container, make sure to seal it very tightly

Pitch Pockets that are located next to Airconditioner units are common to cause leaks.

If your commercial roof is leaking, inspect the following:

  1. Locate the "Pitch Pocket" - this is where all the electrical wires and conduit pipes come through the roof
  2. Make sure the "Tar" is filled to the brim. If the tar is forming a pocket where water can accumulate, it will cause a leak
  3. Make sure the foam insulation around the condenser pip;e is intact. If the foam insulation is corroded or broken, when it rains, water will leak in between the foam and the pipe into the building
  4. Make sure that the Tar seals tightly around the condenser pipe and wires
  5. Check the transition from the Pitch Pocket to the rubber roof - the flashing may need repair

No matter what causes a leak, if you have Turbo Poly Seal or Super Silicone Seal, you can repair any leak

How to repair a leak:

  1. After locating the leaky area, prepare the surface by cleaning it removing loose paint and debris
  2. Wipe the area clean with a rag
  3. Apply one coat of sealant covering two inches on each side of the leak area
  4. Install a precut Polyester Fleece over the sealant embedding it
  5. Apply  a final coat of Sealant over the Polyester Fleece
  6. Make sure to close the container securely so no air can get in

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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2 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.

      Naas

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