• Can a leaking flat rubber roof be repaired?

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  • A rubber roof over a garage has a leak somewhere. The contractor wants a 4-figure price to replace it. Is there a way to find the leak and patch it? The general consensus seems to be that this can't be done, but that's hard to believe.

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    Question by davey
    06/10/2011

It can be done, but it is not easy or certain. The roofer you contacted probably warranties his/her work to be done once and done right, so that their warranty is moot. Patching, even if you do know where the leak is, is a tricky business of laminating on a new piece of roofing membrane, making sure all your flashing is tight and well-sealed, and then waiting for rain (indoors and out). If it still rains inside, repeat. This is not a process a contractor wants to start. If you want to take something like this on yourself, bring patience and more money than you think you need. Good luck!

Answer by willyyam
06/13/2011

Is the roof pitched or flat? If there is any pitch at all, a coating with KoolSeal will probably fix it. If it's flat with minor high & low spots that catch water you might want to consider getting it modified so that it will drain. Water laying in a pool will eventually find its way through. Kool Seal has several products depending on your situation. If it's going on a rubber roof it'll need a primer coat. Don't skip that. Read the directions. It's important if you want it to last.

Answer by cooldave
09/12/2011

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Answer by chloe501
10/02/2011
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