Roof repair

Bitumen Roof Repair

Introduction to Bitumen Roof Repair

Bitumen is an asphalt-based material commonly used in flat roofs. Although extremely hard in winter times, this material can turn into an almost liquid state under the hot temperatures of summer. Thus this is one of the main reasons why a bitumen roof becomes deteriorated. All the heating and cooling that this material endures affects the state of the bitumen. A flat roof made of bitumen has an average life span of 13 years.

A homeowner whose bitumen roof displays modest cracking can extend the life of his roof by applying a roof paint specifically formulated to be used in the case of bitumen roofs. Thus, roof coatings which are not recommended for bitumen roofs should be clearly avoided as the solvents contained within these paints can potentially damage the roof.

Bitumen Roof Repair Work

Bitumen roofs like all roofs require regular maintenance. Homeowners must check the state of the roof for signs of damage which, depending on the severity of the problem, can be adequately taken care of by using a repair kit. Things like splits and blisters in a bitumen roof can be easily patch-repaired since the reconditioning of flat roofs is not difficult even in the case of complete novices.

If you notice splits in your bitumen roof, you must first remove the chippings by using a blow torch or a hot air paint stripper which will soften the roof covering and will enable you to deal with this first stage of repair. Afterwards, use bleach or a fungicide to clean the area of moss and lichen, and make sure you do the cleaning part properly as this will affect the effectiveness of any repair work you are about to attempt.

A split can be repaired by using a self-adhesive tape. Use one that is suitable for bitumen roofs and in case the split is wide, fill it with mastic compound first. When you apply the tape, press it down firmly and pay attention to the edges when sealing it.

If you notice blisters in your bitumen roof, you need to assess the severity of the blister before attempting to treat it. If a blister is the main cause of your roof leaking problem or if they contain water, then you need to repair it. To do this heat the area with any of the tools mentioned above until it becomes malleable. Then try to flatten the blister. If the blister contains moisture, cut it open and let the surface dry. Heat the area again before pressing it back into place and also, apply mastic into the opening before you close it. In the end, use a patch of repair tape to seal the area.

Noticing wear and tear in your bitumen roof should prompt you into assessing the seriousness of the damage. If you determine that your bitumen roof repair involves more than you can handle, contact a roof repair service provider to recondition your rooftop.

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