Pros and Cons of Liquid Butyl Rubber Roofing

Liquid rubber roof coatings are popular for several applications. They’re durable and generally easy to work with, and they come in several styles so that there’s something for just about every need. When it comes to choosing the right materials, it can be helpful to take the time to get to know all the options a little better. To help with that, here are some things to consider when thinking about using liquid butyl rubber roofing.

Usually, a liquid butyl rubber roof is fairly simple to install. Some people can do it in an afternoon or a weekend on their own, while others might enlist the help of professionals. Liquid roofing is great because it’s easy to work with and goes on much like paint. Instead of having to lay sheets and protective membranes and then seal all the seams, liquid offers a much simpler application.

Liquid roofing is also durable and flexible, which means it can hold up to a lot more than the average roofing material. Plus, it’s lightweight, so it doesn’t add a lot of pressure to the ceiling or roof structure like some materials would. It helps prevent moisture from seeping into the roof and can even help with ponding water resistance so that no water gets in, even if there’s a puddle on the roof for a week.

And of course, you can’t forget how butyl coatings reflect as many as 80-90% of the UV rays from the sun, so they are more eco-friendly and help keep heat from building up in and on the roof.

There aren’t as many disadvantages to consider with this type of product, but there are a couple of things to keep in mind. Liquid butyl rubber roofing is harder to spray on, but that’s where professionals come in handy. If you choose a spray-on roofing product, be sure to mind cleaning the equipment well. The only other real disadvantage is that there’s a lack of color stability but usually people installing these roofs aren’t looking for a custom color or finish.

All in all, liquid butyl rubber roofing is a great product with many benefits and useful applications. Make sure that you explore all the options that you have for roofing to get the best finish, no matter what type of rubber roofing that is. You’ll have a durable roof that will last for up to 20 years or more, and that’s just the start.

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Properly applied roof coating systems can breathe new life into a mature low slope roofing system, brightening its appearance, enhancing its energy efficiency and delaying for years the day when it will have to be recovered or replaced. The operative phrase in that sentence is “properly applied.” Coating a roof is more than simply spraying, rolling or brushing on the finish coats. What will determine the quality and longevity of the installation is the time and attention paid to preparing the roof before it is coated. Too often, contractors take shortcuts on, or skip altogether, this essential first step. The result? Problems with the existing roofing system remain problematic, the coating system does not properly adhere to the substrate, and a roof restoration that could have lasted 10 or 20 years fails in as little as two or three. Completing three simple steps before applying the coating system will prevent this outcome and help ensure the newly coated roof delivers the expected years of hassle-free, watertight performance. First, repair any existing damage. Second, perform the roof surface.

WHY PREPARATION IS ESSENTIAL

It is understandable that contractors new to coating application and untrained in the process could overlook the preparation step. Their experience is in working with roll-good roofing, where preparation is a step that can be overlooked because the existing roof will be recovered or replaced with new TPO, EPDM, PVC or modified bitumen. The new system will cover up any leaks or other damage and will be designed to address ponding water or other issues that plagued the existing roof. When coating, however, the contractor is not installing a new roof, but is restoring or maintaining the performance of the existing roofing system. Roof coatings are not “miracles in a bucket.” They will not fix leaks, reseal open seams, repair deteriorated flashings or loose terminations, prevent ponding water, address damaged or saturated insulation or substrates, or correct other problems with the underlying roofing system. Those issues will still exist after the coating has been applied and may prevent the coating from properly adhering to the roof. And if a coating is slapped on top of a grimy, greasy, debris-ridden roof, it almost certainly will soon begin to flake, blister or peel off.

REPAIR EXISTING ROOF DAMAGE

Step one is to assess the existing roofing system and make necessary repairs, carefully following the relevant guidelines from the manufacturer of the original roofing system and the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA). In general, the existing roof assembly must be structurally sound, watertight and free of shrinkage, buckling, unacceptable ponding conditions, encapsulated moisture, open seams, open or damaged flashings, loose terminations and other serious defects. Coatings also should not be applied if the substrate or insulation is saturated with water. The good news is that, with some simple repairs, even a roofing system with significant damage can be made a viable candidate for coating. The following examples illustrate some Common scenarios. Problem: A roof has an area that is susceptible to ponding water. Solution: Fill the ponding area with slope-correcting materials or correct the slope with a cricket or tapered insulation and cover it with new materials similar to those of the existing roof. It may be necessary to install drains to allow positive drainage. Problem: A 2-square area of a 100-square TPO membrane is damaged. Solution: Cut out the problem area and replace it with like material, or heat weld two squares of new TPO over the existing membrane to recover the damaged area. Problem: There is an active leak in one corner of a roofing system. Solution: Cut into the damaged area. Remove and replace the saturated insulation if necessary. Fold the membrane back in place and flash around where the cut was made. structurally sound, apply primer to encapsulate the existing rust and inhibit the creation of additional rust. If any panels are so corroded that they are no longer structurally sound, replace them; the remaining panels can be left in place. Problem: The seam welds on a TPO or PVC roofing system are pulled or loose. Solution: Several options are available. (1) Reheat the seams to weld them back in place. (2) Put a target patch made of new membrane over the seams. (3) Reseal the seams with flashing compound.

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PERFORM AN ADHESION TEST

A coating’s performance depends on how well it adheres to the substrate. An adhesion test should, therefore, be performed to ensure that the coating is compatible with the substrate and that encapsulated moisture or other underlying issues that could impact adhesion have been properly addressed. Instructions from the coating manufacturer should be followed, and those instructions may vary based on the warranty desired but following are general guidelines. Choose a 2-foot-by-2-foot area of the roof as the test site. Clean the area using a rag or bristle brush and a solvent that will flash off quickly without leaving a soapy residue behind, such as acetone, xylene or mineral spirits. Coat a 1-foot-by-1-foot section of the test area, replicating what the finished system will be. If the roof will be primed, prime the test area. Apply primer and finish coats at the same application rate that will be used to coat the entire roof. Embed several strips of Tietex or other polyester-reinforced fabric, each roughly 1 inch wide and 12 inches long, into the coating, leaving Problem: A metal roof has rusted. a 4-inch-long pull tab outside of the wet area. Brush the fabric to embed it into the coating. Apply a second coat of finish coat to ensure the fabric is fully saturated. Allow the coating to cure fully, at least 4 to 5 days. Test the adhesion using a fish scale. For each test strip, tie a knot in the loose, uncoated end of the fabric strip Hook the fish scale into the knot. Using the fishhook, pull the fabric straight up. The ideal “pull strength” is at least 4 pounds per linear inch (pli) of fabric, or at least 4 pli over a sound and dry substrate. The test is a “pass” if the fabric separates from the coating, leaving the coating still adhered to the roof membrane. The test is a ““failure”” if the coating separates completely from the roof surface. All adhesion tests should be documented with photos of the cleaned substrate, the wet coating and embedded fabric, and the face or display of the fish scale showing the resistance observed in the test.

CLEAN THOROUGHLY

Roof surfaces must be thoroughly cleaned prior to coating. Over years of constant exposure to the elements, dirt, oils, bird droppings and other debris collect on a roof’s surface. If not removed prior to coating, they interfere with the coating’s ability to adhere to the substrate. Rather than sticking to the roof, the coating fuses to the grime and, unsurprisingly, may soon begin to peel off. The best results will be achieved by applying the manufacturer’s recommended roof wash or cleaner and then power washing. While power washing alone will get the roof clean, the roof wash loosens the dirt, grease and other debris, allowing it to be removed with less-aggressive power washing. We highly suggest using roof protect.  This cleaner actually emulsifies the contaminates on the roof and also has a built in mildewcide.  This gentler approach significantly reduces the risk of damaging the roofing membrane while cleaning. Years of being subjected to sun, rain, snow, ice, heat and cold can weaken the membrane, and a blast with a heavy-duty gas-powered rig generating 2,800– 4,000 psi of pressure can easily blow a hole in it. A smaller rig generating only 1,800–2,500 psi of pressure will remove the sediment in most cases. Using a walk-behind power washer, rather than a common extension wand-type setup, also helps ensure adequate cleaning pressure at the surface of the substrate without over-exerting effort on the behalf of the worker. Rinse water should be directed toward drains and scuppers to ensure the detergent and debris are completely removed. If the rinse water is simply allowed to evaporate, what can be left behind instead of a clean, coating-ready surface is a caked-on mixture of gunk and detergent residue. EPDM roofs should be power washed twice — once with ROOF PROTECT and once with clean water. The carbon black that gives EPDM its black color breaks down over time, and that dust must be removed to ensure proper adhesion of the coating. The test of whether the carbon dust has been completely removed is a quick wipe of hand across the surface; a clean hand means a clean roof. Granulated modified bitumen roofs should be swept with a dry broom or power broom prior to power washing to remove loose granules that could clog the roof drains. Make any necessary repairs.  Perform an adhesion test. Thoroughly clean the roof surface. Completing these three simple steps before coating will help ensure a successful roof restoration that extends the roofing system’s life, adding years of weathertight, hassle-free performance

What is a Liquid Butyl Rubber Roofing System?

There are several roofing options out there today, including a variety of materials and even roofing “systems” or designs that include a full application process from start to finish rather than just a material and installation (as with shingles, for example).

There are several roofing options out there today, including a variety of materials and even roofing “systems” or designs that include a full application process from start to finish rather than just a material and installation (as with shingles, for example).

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Butyl is a synthetic copolymer, which basically means it’s a blend of different rubbers that create a structurally sound product that is uniquely able to be applied as a liquid. It then cures to harden but remains flexible, which makes it an ideal roofing system for several different applications.

In the past, only rolled or sheeted rubber roofing was available. Not only were these materials more expensive, but they were heavier and they required more installation. They also left seams that needed to be sealed to prevent leaks. With liquid butyl rubber, that’s no longer an issue. This material can reach places that sheeting could never have even thought about covering and they can be applied on all kinds of roofs, including:

  • Fiberglass
  • BUR
  • Modified bitumen
  • Concrete
  • Metal
  • And more

This roofing material is gaining popularity for all of its conveniences and its ease of use. There are several products on the market today and it will be up to you to choose the ones that best suit your needs.

This roofing material is gaining popularity for all of its conveniences and its ease of use. There are several products on the market today and it will be up to you to choose the ones that best suit your needs.

This roofing material is gaining popularity for all of its conveniences and its ease of use. There are several products on the market today and it will be up to you to choose the ones that best suit your needs.

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These durable roofing systems are functional and durable, and they’re not that difficult to install. Plus, they’re liquid, so they can be applied with ease when compared to traditional roofing systems. Although a Liquid butyl rubber roofing system isn’t the only option on the market, it’s certainly worth a look for those who want something affordable, efficient, and durable.

Tips to Maintain Your EPDM Rubber Roofing System

Once you have an EPDM rubber roofing system installed, you want to make sure it lasts for as long as possible and continues to protect your roof. When it is maintained correctly, it has the potential to last for between 30 and 50 years, which is impressive for any roofing system.

Fortunately, it tends to be relatively easy to keep the system in good shape. These systems and coatings are durable and are resistant to wear and tear issues. However, they might require cleaning, as well as occasional repairs. Below are some simple tips you can use to make sure your EPDM Rubber Roofing system lasts for as long as possible.

It Starts with the Installation

A great EPDM rubber roofing system begins with how it’s installed. If it is not installed correctly, it will not work to keep your roof safe. This type of coating tends to be easy to install, and you could do it on your own if you have the DIY skills and the time to do it right. Just make sure that you follow all of the instructions.

Many people opt to have professionals come to their property to install the EPDM rubber roofing system and coating. This is especially true with larger jobs. It tends to be faster and easier, and the owners will not have to deal with any messes.

Get the Roof Inspected

If you want to keep the system in good shape, you should inspect the roof a couple of times a year at least. You could head to the roof and look for damage that will need to be repaired and then handle the repairs yourself or hire someone to do it. If you aren’t sure that you know how to find any potential roofing issues, it might be better to hire a professional to inspect it for you.

Remove Debris on the Roof

Roofs are going to get debris on them. Even if it’s a high roof and there isn’t anything around that you would imagine could get on the roof, it will. Leaves, dirt, and other debris can be carried by the wind and planted onto your roof. Therefore, if you want to keep it in good shape, you need to be sure that you are sweeping the roof and removing the debris a couple of times a year.

Have a Plan for Snow Removal

Snow can do a lot of damage to your roof. The weight of the snow can put a lot of added stress on the roof, which could cause damage to it over time. Snowmelt could also mean that water stays on the roof, especially if there isn’t a good drainage system. Have a plan for snow removal during the winter. Hiring someone to remove the snow is far cheaper than needing to replace your roof in a few years.

Remove Overhanging Branches

If you have trees near the building, you will want to trim them back away from the roof. The branches could break and hit the roof, causing damage. Even though the coatings are strong and durable, if it is struck by a heavy branch, there could be damage. It’s best to prevent this from happening in the first place.

Use Quality Coatings

Always make sure that you are choosing high-quality EPDM coatings for your roof. The best quality coatings are still affordable, and they can provide your roof with the added bit of armor it needs. The coatings can stand up to the elements, debris, and the wear and tear of time.

Get Help If Needed

If you find that you have any problems with your EPDM rubber roofing system for any reason, and you can’t handle it on your own, it’s a good idea to contact a roofing professional who can come out and help.

Why Choose Butyl Liquid Rubber for a Roof Coating?

Do you have problems with your roof? You may have discovered that you have a leak on your property or another problem with your roof that threatens to get worse unless you do something about it. The roof won’t get better on its own, so you need to consider whether it’s time to add a new roof or make some repairs. One of the best choices is to use a butyl liquid rubber coating for the roof. It can provide a range of benefits.

Long-Lasting Durability and Versatility

One of the main benefits of butyl liquid rubber is that it can last for a long time once it’s been applied. The coating has the potential to last for years without issue. It has worked for decades for many people. It’s strong and durable, and if there is a problem, the repairs tend to be quick and easy.

People also like this roof coating because it can be used on just about any type of substrate that your roof may have. This type of material works quite well for flat roofs, and it’s often used with commercial businesses. It could be just the type of coating you need for your roof. Let’s look at some of the other benefits it can offer.

Great for Repairs

If you have leaks in your roof and you can’t afford to replace it, adding the coating could be just what you need. It will work well for repairing leaks and preventing new leaks from occurring. If you already have the coating on your roof, you can use it to make quick repairs to any areas that might suffer some damage, such as from falling debris.

Simple to Use and Goes to Work Quick

You will find that the butyl liquid rubber is relatively easy to use. This means you shouldn’t have a problem when it comes to applying it. If you have the tools that are needed to apply the coating, you could do it on your own. Make sure that you clean your roof before beginning. If there is any major damage, you’ll want to be sure it’s repaired before you start using the coating. You could use butyl tape to cover any cracks or holes, so the coating doesn’t seep into them.

It will go on smoothly and can be applied with rollers and brushes to create a seamless coating. Just keep in mind that you need to keep the coating even, and you’ll want to follow the instructions to ensure that it’s done correctly. The coating goes to work quickly and doesn’t need much time to cure.

Of course, if you have a particularly large roof or you don’t feel comfortable doing it on your own, you can always hire professionals to handle it for you.

Cost-Effective

When compared with other options for fixing and protecting the roof, you will find that butyl liquid rubber is an affordable choice. As mentioned, you can install it on your own, which can help to cut down on costs, as well.

Do Not Ignore Roof Repairs

If you have issues with your roof, or you just want to provide it with some extra protection, the butyl liquid rubber is an ideal choice. Never ignore issues on your roof. They will just get worse over time, so it’s better to take care of them as soon as they are noted.

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If you wait too long, it could mean more roof damage, which will increase the cost of repairs and could damage the items that are below the roof. Take care of your roof and add this coating. It can last for a long time when you do.