Like most people, you may have a number of projects you have in store for your commercial building. Perhaps you want to redo the lobby, convert an unused room into an office, or add a workout space for employees. One project you cannot afford to put off, though, is repairing your roof. When it needs your attention, there’s no time like the present. Fortunately, with liquid roof repair, you can leverage the strength, flexibility, and affordability of rubber toward making your building’s roof as good as new.
What Is Liquid Roof Repair?
When you hear someone mention liquid roof repair, they are almost always referring to the rubber kind, usually called EPDM. This stands for ethylene propylene dien monomer. The first three words represent rubbers EPDM is derived from while the “M” signified the type of rubber the finished product is.
While EPDM can be used for a whole host of purposes, liquid roof repair has become one of the most popular applications for it. The liquid version can be poured out, sprayed, painted or rolled onto a surface. Once it’s applied, EPDM then dries and, in doing so, forms a rubber membrane. This new surface can keep out water while also standing up against heat, cold, UV rays, rain, sleet, snow, and more.
Another advantage is that liquid rubber can last for decades without ever needing to be repaired. That’s why so many liquid roof repair products come with impressive warranties. Contractors who handle installation often offer lengthy ones too. The fact of the matter is that this rubber often goes 20 years or more without issue. Unlike popular roofing options like metal, shingles, and others, liquid rubber doesn’t crack, dry out, or become brittle over the years.
Where Is It Used?
Just about any structure with a roof can benefit from EPDM. Liquid roof repair products are often used on RVs, travel trailers, boats (it’s even used on boat hulls), covered docks, commercial building roofs and homes. Even walls and other vertical applications can often benefit from liquid rubber. It’s not uncommon to hear of people using it on chimneys or retaining walls, for example.
However, depending on the particular brand of liquid EPDM roof repair you choose, some materials will not work well with this solution. In general, your roof will not be a good match for EPDM if it is made from:
- Stainless Steel
- Asphalt (including asphalt shingles)
Any heavily trafficked areas like decks, porches, and patios will tend to be a problem too. Fortunately, common materials like PVC, fiberglass, vinyl, aluminum, copper and urethane foam are all fair game.
How Is It Installed?
Installing liquid roof repair products tends to be extremely easy. However, if it’s your first time roofing, you probably want to outsource the process to a contractor. Fortunately, they’ll most likely be able to handle the entire thing in a single afternoon and at an affordable price.
With so many benefits to liquid rubber, there’s no reason to allow your roof to go another minute without the repairs it needs. The fact that it’s so affordable is just one more reason to start the process immediately.