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How to Patch a Flat Area on a Commercial Rubber Roof

by Martha Soto

The spring thaws can bring water leaks if the rubber membrane on your roof has been punctured over the winter. Many times the weight of the snow and ice can cause problems to the structure of a building and it has to be removed to reduce the stress of the weight load on the building. Unfortunately, the rubber membrane can be pierced by people shoveling snow and chipping away at the ice.

You can to patch the spots that have been pierced as soon as you can to keep water from continuously filtering down into your building when it rains and snows. Here is how you can patch a flat area on a commercial rubber roof.

You Will Need:

  • Broom
  • Mild detergent
  • Bucket
  • Hose
  • Soft-bristled brush
  • Paint brush
  • Rubber roofing patch
  • Silicon roller

Outside Temperature

Before you start, the outside temperatures should be above 4.4 degrees Celsius to keep the primer from freezing and compromising its effectiveness.

Clean Roof

The first thing you should do is thoroughly clean the area that you are going to patch. Sweep all the debris away with a broom and wash the area with a mild detergent to remove bird droppings, tree sap and other materials that can affect the bonding agent. Make sure you rinse the detergent off completely with hose or buckets of water.

Apply Primer

The pierced area should be primed with an ethylene propylene diene monomer (EPDM) based primer to help secure the patch to the surface of the roof. Apply the primer with a small paint brush. You want to extend the primer a several centimeters beyond the edges of the patch you are going to put down. Let the primer completely dry before you apply the patch.

Apply Patch

The patch should be at least 7 centimeters larger than the hole you are patching. Remove the backing of the patch and start by applying the patch about 7 centimeters away from the hole. Slowly keep on removing the backing as you cover the hole with the patch. Make sure there aren't any air bubbles developing under the patch as this will reduce the patch's effectiveness. Also, don't use a patch that isn't designed to be used on a rubber roof if you want the best results. You can use a silicon roller to firmly apply the patch to the roof.

You will want to repair a hole in your rubber roof as quickly as you can once the weather cooperates. If you think you won't be able to do it correctly, call a local commercial roofing company like Evo Roofing to come in and do the job for you.

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