If you have decided that you want all of the benefits that come from having Liquid Rubber coating your roof, you may have decided to install it on your own. One of the great benefits of this product is that it is easy enough to do on your own. However, you do need to make sure that you install it properly if you want it to provide you with protection from leaks and other issues. You should always read and follow the instructions from the manufacturers. The following are some tips that you can use to get started.
Prepare the Surface Properly
The first thing you need to do before you get started with the installation is to prepare the surface of the roof. This is likely what will take the most time. You have to remove any debris on the roof, along with anything that is loose, chipping, or blistering. You have to remove any chalking that might be present, along with oil and grease, gravel, sand, and any other elements that would cause a problem with the proper adhesion of the waterproof sealant.
Using power washing can help to make this part of the application easier and faster. You can also use wire brushes to help ensure that you are removing any remaining debris. Clean it away and then make sure it is completely dry before you attempt to apply the Liquid Rubber. Also, if there are any areas that might need patching or repairing, take care of this before applying the rubber.
Get the Liquid Rubber Ready
Follow the manufacturer’s guidelines to get the EPDM rubber roofing ready to apply. You will need to stir it with a paint stirrer, or with a drill with a helical mixer set to low speed. Once it is ready, you can start to apply the product to the roof. A nice feature of the Liquid Rubber is that you do not need to have any special equipment to apply it. All you need is a paint roller and a paintbrush. You will want to apply thin and even coats to the surface.
You may only need a single coat, but two thin coats tend to work very well for the protection you need. Keep in mind that the amount of surface area that the product covers will depend on the thickness of the coats. When you are buying the rubber, make sure that you take this into account, so you get the right amount.
Let It Cure and Maintain Properly
After you have installed the Liquid Rubber on the roof, you will want to let it cure. Even though it can provide you with immediate protection from water, this waterproof sealant will still need time to cure properly. The exact amount of time it needs to cure will depend on the weather conditions when it is installed. If it is not sunny and dry, it will take a few days longer. You should not have to worry too much though, since it will provide waterproofing protection from the minute you apply it.
As you can see, it is relatively easy to take care of the Liquid Rubber installation on your own. If you do not have too much space to cover, and if you have the time, you can do it all on your own. Those who have large buildings that need the EPDM rubber might want to consider hiring professionals to take care of it for them. Since the application process is simple, it should not cost too much.