Signs Your Rubber Roofing Needs Repair or Replacement

It is recommended that you have your roof inspected or that you inspect it yourself two times a year. Roofs that are inspected often and have problems fixed promptly can last up to twice as long as roofs that are not inspected routinely. However, if you don't know what you are looking for, you can miss problems, thus making the inspection virtually useless. Here are some signs that a rubber roof may need to be repaired.

The Roof Is Bubbling

One of the tell-tale signs that your rubber roofing needs to be repaired or even replaced is that the roof is bubbling. If you see bubbling on your rubber roofing, it means that water is building up underneath the rubber. If you press on bubbles near the seam, the water may squirt out. Underneath the rubber is insulation and then a piece of plywood, called the decking. As water builds up under the rubber, the water seeps into the insulation and eventually soaks through to the decking. The longer the water sits on the decking, the more likely it is that the wood will begin to warp and rot. Over time, this layer will deteriorate, and then water from the roof will leak into your home. Repairing or replacing the rubber roofing when water bubbles are detected helps prevent this from happening to you.

You See Holes in the Rubber Roofing

Another sign that your rubber roofing needs to be repaired is holes in the rubber roofing. There are a number of reasons why your rubber roofing may have a hole in it. It could have had a bubble that popped. It could have ripped when a rock or hail hit it. A pest could have torn it. You may have worn shoes on your last roof inspection that damaged the rubber. Or the rubber may have been stretched too thin when it was installed. Ultimately, it really does not matter why a hole is there. What matters is that the hole allows water to seep in through the roof, and this can ultimately lead to leaks. Repair holes when they are spotted or replace the roofing altogether if there are multiple holes.

Dips in the Rubber Roof

One of the less obvious signs that your rubber roofing is in need of replacement is dips in the rubber roof. When you inspect a roof, it is recommended that you not only inspect the roof from the ground but also walk across the roof. One of the reasons is so you can find damage, such as these dips. Over time, the insulation beneath a rubber roof slowly begins to deteriorate. There are many factors that affect when this will occur, such as the type of insulation used, the thickness of the rubber coating, and the weather elements the roof is exposed to. And sometimes, the deterioration is not consistent across the span of your roof. One area exposed to sunlight during the hottest part of the day may deteriorate faster than a shaded area.

When the insulation breaks down, it is hard to see. This is because the rubber layer of the roof remains stretched over the area. However, as you step across that area, you will feel a dip or indent. This lets you know the insulation is wearing away and that you need to replace your roof.

If you notice your rubber roofing is bubbling or has holes or dips in it, you will want to call a professional roofing company, such as GBS Enterprises Roofing. They can inspect the roof and help you determine if it can be repaired or if the entire roof needs to be replaced. Repairing or replacing a roof in a timely manner can help extend the life of your roof and help prevent major roofing problems, like roof leaks.