5 tips for maintaining your Butyl Rubber roof

Rubber roofing is renowned for toughness and durability. But, like all parts of the building, it should be checked regularly and included in your regular maintenance schedule (and if you don’t have a maintenance schedule get in touch and we’ll audit your site and set one up). In the meantime, here are a few quick tips for Rubber Butyl maintenance and repair.

1) Get a visual: Take a look on the upside

As long as it was applied correctly in the first instance Butyl doesn’t tend to crack, tear or bubble. Compromises in the membrane are instead usually caused by a problem in the substrate (rather than the Rubber itself).

That’s why it’s worth doing a regular visual inspection, particularly in older buildings and those areas prone to leaks. It’s hard to fool the eyes: if the membrane is damaged, you’ll know it. Repair must occur quickly after this to prevent further damage.

2) Prevent moss: It ain’t easy being green

Even the toughest of compounds break down, albeit slowly in the case of Butyl. To ensure the longest possible life of the membrane, get rid of anything growing on it.

Give it a good rinse to start with and use sugar soap for stubborn moss or mould. To prevent it growing back, you can use an anti-mould product but, before you do, ensure that it’s suitable for use on butyl rubber.

3) Washing schedules: Seasonal is reasonable

While Butyl requires very little maintenance, it does slowly oxidise over time. In order to prolong the life of the membrane it should be cleaned at least four times a year. This prevents dirt and residue building up on the surface.

Regular washing removes organic matter and provides ongoing peace of mind. A good hosing should do it – but remember, avoid using very high-pressured water on the seams.

4) Liquid rubber roof repair: Cost-effective common sense

Got damaged Rubber Butyl or substrate? Pulling it all up and starting again is costly and awkward. Fortunately there is a liquid rubber version is available for repairing rips or weakened areas.

This is a quick and efficient way to reseal, for a fraction of the cost of replacement. You can see more about how we work with liquid rubber by clicking here.

5) Don’t replace it: Patch, protect, prolong

Butyl is blessed with a long life. However, there are points that tend to weaken. If you can focus maintenance effort here you might not need to replace the whole lot when it comes time.

Areas to watch out for are the glue lapped joints, lines of the joints in the substrate below and areas where the membrane is stretched or pulled. Also be wary of places where there have been high levels of moisture within the roof space.

You can avoid major costs of repairing a building just by maintaining it regularly. Give us a call today to book in a comprehensive assessment of your building’s weather-tightness.

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Richard Waite

Richard Waite

Richard has been the General Manager of National Decorators for the past 5 years developing the company in the property and construction markets. Working off the base of a 100+ year old legacy, he has refined the company from a family business to be the leading painting company in the country. Some key developments have been in the integration of significant IT systems to increase the customer experience and enhance efficiency. Another big focus was reshaping the culture of the onsite teams to reflect the company in the best possible way.
Richard also leads a sales and marketing team of 7 staff, pushing into new markets and developing new services for our customers. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his wife Jenny and 2 young girls, as well as joining in community events.
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