Many building owners are surprised and optimistic when they find out about how their existing roof could be recovered with a PVC membrane saving the cost and mess of tearing off the old roof. The substantial cost savings of recovering your existing roof with a PVC membrane as opposed to tearing the old roof off and replacing it is enough for even the most skeptical building owners to give it a second look.
If you manage or own a building that has a rubber roof covered with rock you know first hand how frustrating it can be to find roof leaks. Ballasted rubber roofs are very common in Indiana and found throughout the Midwest. The large stone or ballast does protect the rubber roofing from the sun’s rays but its main function is to simply hold the rubber roofing down. Ballasted rubber roofs aren't glued down but loosed laid. The only part that is glued is the seams between the rubber sheets and even then the rubber is only glued to itself and not the roof deck, the exception being parapet walls are usually fully adhered or glued on.
Rubber roofing can provide years of service when properly cared for and maintained. And even though advances in flat roofing are pushing the market towards thicker, re-enforced and white rubberized roofing membranes, getting the most out of your existing EPDM rubber roof just makes good business sense.
You don’t need anyone to tell you the rubber roof is leaking after you’ve changed stained ceiling tiles or mopped up water off the floor. However not all roof leaks make it into to the building right away but can cause big and expensive problems down the road if left unchecked.
Each year intense Indiana weather leaves many homeowners and building owners with roof damage. But most Hoosiers are unfamiliar with the insurance claim process. Here are the Do’s and Don’ts of filing an insurance claim in indiana should your roof sustain damage from hail or high wind.
Each year approximately 6 million sq. feet of rubber roofing are installed in Indiana and it’s not only because Firestone, a major rubber roofing manufacture, is located in Indiana, a properly installed and maintained rubber roof can last for many years. EPDM Rubber roofing is typically installed in Indiana in one of three ways, loose laid and held down by river stone or Ballasted, Mechanically attached with screws and bars, or fully adhered or glued down. Regardless of how your EPDM roof was installed, these tips will help you do a better job inspecting your flat roof.