Whether you want to prevent a more costly roof replacement or need to clean your roof for mold damage or snow accumulation, rubber roof repairs can provide an answer. In this how-to guide, I’ll outline the new, more effective method of rubber roof repairs, using the EPDM primer method, which gives better results than the old method using adhesive.
DIY EPDM Repair: In this how-to guide, I’ll outline the new, more effective method of rubber roof repairs, utilizing the EPDM primer method, which provides better results than the old method using adhesive. But there may be an even more complex repair situation in your roof, which goes beyond the scope of the DIY guide here. I’ll also share some tips that will help you determine the proper way to repair your roof with EPDM primer, including where to buy the EPDM, how to prepare the surface and how to apply it on the roof.
What is EPDM? EPDM is a product made out of plastic. It’s not really durable, but it can be used as a sealant, especially to seal and waterproof the edges of roofs. The reason why this type of sealant works well is because it is very water-resistant. As you know, roofs are prone to water penetration and moisture, so you should consider installing an EPDM sealant in order to avoid the damage to your roof. To do this, all you have to do is to rub EPDM onto the damaged area of your roof to prepare the surface.
When you’re done preparing the surface, it’s now time to get started with the repair. To get a good seal, you have to apply the EPDM and let it stay for a while. It might require a few hours if the damage is extensive. Then, use a saw or a nail to make holes on the EPDM coating. In case of bigger holes, then you can just scrape off the excess resin and reapply the patch. If you have any smaller holes, then you can replace them.
When the repair is finished, you can now move on to the next step. Here, you need to seal the remaining parts of the damage by applying new EPDM.
How to Properly Clean Your Rubber Roof: The third step to repairing a damaged roof is to repair the mold and mildew on the repair area. You have to scrub the area to remove the stains or spots from the surface. The first step would be to apply a protective coat of EPDM sealant, and the second is to clean the repair area using hot water and soap. The third step would be to dry the area using a fan, and the fourth is to apply wax and then sealant.