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Rubber Roof Installation – the best roofing system is a Two Ply Torch Down Rubber Roof

Rubber Roof Installation on flat roofs

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Installing a roof on new construction is always the easiest and cleanest option. Before the siding goes on a house, the rubber roof and flashing is installed, then the siding will be installed over the flashing.

There are fewer things to contend with when it’s a new building. It’s always the choice of material and the installer that will make the difference as to how long the roof will last before having any problems.

We serve Fairfield County, Connecticut including Ridgefield, Westport, Darien, and Greenwich.

Installing a rubber roof

When it comes to installing a rubber roof on an existing house, then there are a lot of factors to take in consideration.

This list will help to define those factors:

  1. Type of Rubber roof to use. There are mainly 2 types to choose from. EPDM or Modified Bitumen Membrane. They both are good rubbers but it’s the technique involved in installing them that will determine what makes the roof maintenance free.
  2. The Roofing Contractor – This is a hard one. Not all roofing contractors are experienced in installing rubber membranes. Most of them will recommend EPDM because they don’t know any better. Eight out of Ten roofers will sell the homeowner an EPDM rubber roof. Their arguments will sound very convincing, only because they only know EPDM.
  3. To remove or to install over an existing roof: It’s more costly to remove an existing roof and prepare for a new roof than to install over an existing roof.

– To install an EPDM rubber roof the surface has to be smooth and free from tar. Petroleum products will eat into EPDM rubber causing holes. So the choice will be to remove the old tar roof or to install a layer of 1/2 fiberboard over the existing roof to get a smooth surface free from tar. Nearly every time new flashing will have to be installed.

Installing a rubber roof over a gravel roof made easy. Ridgefield, CT
Modified Bitumen Roof Torch Down with white granules surface to protect it from Ultra Violets and keep the roof cooler

Tar and Gravel Roof – Ready for a Rubber Roof

This is what a Tar and Gravel Roof used to look like. After removing bigger stones and all kinds of debris, we raked the gravel to get it evenly spread over the roof. After, the preparation, we then install a fiber base sheet directly over the gravel.

This was an old Tar and Gravel Roof that we installed a Rubber membrane directly over it.

Installing a Rubber Roof

This image shows where we are busy installing a Rubber Roof over a Tar and Gravel Roof. The process is a fiberglass asphalt base over the gravel, then a self-adhering modified bitumen base sheet to the fiberglass paper. After a Torch down rubber roof gets fused to the base.

Installing a Rubber Roof over a Tar and Gravel roof

The final Rubber Roof Installation

This is what the result looks like after we have installed a Two-ply Rubber Roof over a Tar and Gravel roof. This roof will easily last 40 years without any maintenance.

Two Ply Rubber Roof Membrane over Tar and Gravel