Introducing Liquid Roof Repair

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:

  • Glass
  • Stainless Steel
  • Asphalt (including asphalt shingles)
  • Wood

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.

The Advantages of Liquid EPDM Roofing

When your roof could use a little extra help fending off the elements, it’s easy to become overwhelmed by all your options. However, you may not expect that a liquid roof solution would be your best bet, but it’s true when you recognize that EPDM offers advantage after advantage. Let’s take a look at some of them now.

The Basics of EPDM

EPDM is a type of rubber. The acronym stands for ethylene propylene diene monomer. While you’ll be interested in it as a liquid roof, EPDM has become popular for a wide range of uses which speaks to how amazing this product can be. Nowadays, you can find EPDM rubber in everything from insulation to radiator hoses to washers and more. Aside from the liquid version, there is also a version that is a solid form and gets applied by being rolled out over the roofs.

Versatility

When it comes to applying a liquid rubber application, you need to consider the surface you’re pouring it over. Obviously, there will be some the material won’t work well with. Fortunately, EPDM liquid roof coatings work really well with many of the most common types of building materials. These include:

  • Fiberglass
  • PVC
  • Most Metal Roof Materials
    • Aluminum
    • Galvanized
    • Copper
  • Concrete
  • Urethane Foam
  • Weathered Vinyl
  • Acrylics

Of course, an EPDM liquid roof will also work just fine with an EPDM roof too.

Some versions to avoid are:

  • Asphalt Shingles
  • Glass
  • Silicone Caulk
  • Wood

This means, amongst other things, that you can use EPDM for liquid roof RV repair. Many people use it for their boats too. Just about any structure or vehicle that needs repairs or added protection can benefit from EPDRM rubber roofing.

Great for Repairs

As we’ve mentioned, EPDM is a great way to start your roof out on the right foot as a precaution against the elements and other potential problems. That being said, about 90% of EPDM liquid rubber EPDM roof coating solutions are sold to help repair a structure. Part of the reason is obviously that if you use EPDM to repair a roof, it’s unlikely you need to repair that spot again.

But it also helps that EPDM is so easy to apply. If you’re only addressing a single section of your roof, you just need to clean it, prime it, and apply the liquid roof solution. As soon as it dries, that spot is finished and now ready to protect the inside of your building again. Plus, when you consider conventional roof repair options, EPDM is very clean and easy to use. It’s also an extremely stable chemical, meaning you don’t have to worry about how it will react with other roofing materials; it’s perfectly safe to work with.

Whether your roof needs help immediately or you just want to make sure it stands the test of time, don’t forget what EPDM can do. It doesn’t take a lot of work to apply this material, but it will work for years and years to come.