Protect Your Garden Shed's Roof By Attaching A Rubber Roof Membrane To It

12 June 2015
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Blog

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Attach a rubber roof membrane to your garden shed to keep the roofing materials protected and to make cleaning off the roof hassle free. After you have finished the project, there will be no need to worry about leaks, and the items that you place inside of your shed will be safely stored. Learn how to complete this project with the following steps.

Use The Following Materials

  • soapy water
  • scrub brush
  • rubber roof membrane
  • measuring tape
  • roofing nails
  • nail gun
  • hammer
  • ladder
  • push broom
  • water hose
  • bonding adhesive
  • paint tray
  • paint roller (thick nap)
  • paint roller frame
  • roller handle
  • squeegee

​Measure And Clean The Roof

Measure the length and width of the roof so that you purchase a rubber roof membrane that is the proper size. Remove debris from the roof with a push broom. Eliminate stains that could cause damage to the roofing materials with mild detergent that is mixed with water. Use a long handled scrub brush to loosen materials that are stuck to the surface. After the roof is clean, spray it off with a water hose and wait for it to dry.

Apply The Rubber Membrane

Place the membrane on top of the roof and fold one side of it back to expose the roof. Pour bonding adhesive that is designed for rubber roofing materials into a paint tray. Apply the adhesive to the exposed section of the roof with a paint roller that has a thick nap. Move the roller in straight lines until one half of the roof is coated with the adhesive. Place one half of the rubber roofing membrane over the adhesive, beginning in one of the corners.

Press down firmly as you attach it. Move a squeegee over the membrane in straight lines to assist with flattening the membrane and eliminating wrinkles. Coat the other half of the roof with adhesive and attach the membrane in the same manner. 

Secure The Membrane And Keep It Maintained

Secure the membrane by inserting a couple roofing nails in each corner of it. Use a nail gun or hammer to do this. The rubber roofing membrane can easily be kept clean by spraying it off with a water hose several times a year. If any materials fall onto the roof and cause staining, remove them with a soft bristled scrub brush and soapy water. After the stains are eliminated, rinse the membrane off with plain water. Continuing to care for the membrane will help it last for many years.

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