No matter the climate, location, or building type, if your roof is a of shingle, flat, or metal rooftop, then it will require some form of maintenance. While some will likely require more than others, routine maintenance and checkups are highly encouraged to elongate your roof's lifespan, regardless of material type. This blog aims to provide some helpful roof maintenance tips that any home or business owner can utilize when maintaining their roof!
Last time in part one of the "What Roof is Best for You?" blog series, we covered both slate rooftops and shingle rooftops, as well a few different options when it comes to the color and type! Now in this blog, we'll continue with two different roofing types that may be exactly what you're looking for!
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.
A properly installed rubber roof can last for many years but rubber roofing is not without issues. Knowing what to expect from your rubber roof will help you be better prepared to identify and deal with common rubber roof problems as they arise.
In Indiana rubber roofs are very common especially in historic parts of towns that have the BUR roof systems. We have even come across some roofs that were greatly past their lifetime and having many issues that are common with EPDM rubber roofs after the life cycle comes to an end. Some of the issues can last a little longer with a repair job and then there are some that it is simpler and less costly to get a new roofing system.