Completing a rubber roof installation is a rather challenging do-it-yourself venture. However, it has been undertaken by a number of homeowners, and with the right tools you can complete the job. To complete a rubber roof installation, you will need standard tools such as a ladder, rubber gloves, and paint brushes. In addition to these tools, you will need some professional roofing tools. The professional tools will not be readily available at your local home improvement store. You will need to locate a roofing supply store to purchase the tools needed.
Seam Probe Tool
A seam probe tool is used to uncover any separated rubber membrane when checking a rubber roof. The seam probe tool is most often used when repairing rubber roofs. However, some roofers use it to double check their work once an installation is finished. Seam probe tools come in different sizes. Larger ones are usually used by people with larger hands. Before selecting the one for you, try out a few. They cost from $3.00 to $15.00 and can also be ordered online.
Silicone Hand Roller
A silicone hand roller looks like a small rolling pin. In fact it will work in much the same way. When the adhesive and seam tape are applied, the silicone hand roller is rolled over the seam to secure the adhesive and roll out any bubbles. Silicone hand rollers are available in various roller widths. You should purchase a silicone hand roller in the same size as the seam tape. If one is not available in the exact size as the seam tape, purchase a larger one. The silicone hand roller usually costs $10 to $30 and can be ordered from roofing supply stores and online.
EPDM Seam Adhesive
EPDM Seam adhesive is much like the rubber cement you used when you were a kid. The adhesive comes in tube similar to caulk. The seam adhesive will be applied to the sections of the rubber membrane on the underside of seam tape. This is one of the most important tools because this is what keeps the roof together. EPDM seam adhesive is available at a number of price points. Higher quality adhesive is going to do a better job of adhering the tape to the membrane and creating a water tight seal. Investigate the brand before making any adhesive purchases.
The membrane adhesive is what actually keeps the rubber on the roof. It is a very strong adhesive and requires that it be stirred for 5 minutes before it is ready for use. The stirring action activates the adhesive and causes the chemicals to work together to form a strong bonding agent. During the installation process, membrane adhesive is applied to the both the substrate and the back of the membrane. Once the two applications of adhesive meet, the membrane is secure and water tight.
Seam tape is what holds the pieces of rubber membrane together. Seam tape is usually black to match the rubber membrane. It will be applied on top of the seam adhesive to create one large piece of rubber roofing. Seam tape is available in various widths. Buying a larger role will be more cost effective especially if you have a large project.
Solvent-based Cleaning Solution
A solvent-based cleaning solution is used to remove the seam adhesive. If you are making a repair to your rubber roof, you will need to use the cleaning solution to make sure that the damaged area is clean and dry. The cleaning solution will also come in handy when removing excess adhesive.