It is recommended that you inspect your roof at least once or twice a year.  Some companies believe the roof should be inspected prior to the rainy season, helping to ensure the roof is ready to withstand storms. Others think that roof inspections should be done after the winter season is over to ensure your roof held up and is still in good condition. Other companies recommend having the roof inspected twice, once before and once after the winter season. Regardless of what you decide, if it is time to inspect your rubber roof, and you are on a tight budget or trying to save some money, you may decide to inspect the roof yourself. However, if you don't know what to look for, you may miss problems that can end up costing you more to repair than they otherwise would have. Here are a few of the things you should be on the look-out for when you inspect your rubber roof.

Split Seams

Rubber roofing involves laying or rolling sheets of EPDM membrane over the roof. However, these sheets don't cover the entirety of a roof. This leaves small seams between the different sheets. When a roof is installed, these seams are sealed, which helps to keep moisture out. However, as the rubber roofing is exposed to hot and cold temperatures, it expands and contracts. Ultimately, this may cause some splitting to occur at the seams. This can allow water to enter into your roof, and may eventually lead to a leak in your home or business. As you inspect your rubber roof, pay close attention to the seams. If you notice splitting or cracks along the seams, you will want to call in a rubber roofing contractor to fix the seams.

Loose Joints Around Chimneys or Vents

Another important factor to pay close attention to as you inspect a rubber roof is the flashing used around the chimneys or vents. Your flashing may be made from a rubber or metal material, depending on what you selected when your roof was installed. The rubber roofing is rolled as close to the chimney or vents on your roof as it can get. However, there is still typically a small gap between the chimney or vent and the rubber roofing material. Flashing is used to create a slope that helps to keep water out of this gap, similar to how an awning slopes over a window to keep water out. Over time, these pieces of flashing can become loose or get damaged. If this happens, loose joints may not be effective at keeping water out of the gap. If you notice any loose, missing or damaged flashing, you will need to contact a rubber roofing contractor to have the flashing replaced.

Lifting Termination Bars

The last important item to inspect on a rubber roof is the termination bar. The termination bar is used to hold the edges of your rubber membrane in place. They are typically made of metal and are screwed into place along the edges of your roof. If the termination bar is beginning to lift upward, it may eventually pull all the way off. If this occurs, the edges of your rubber roof may begin to roll or lift, allowing water to penetrate your roof. If the termination bar is loose or missing screws, you can attempt to tighten or replace the screws. However, if the bar is missing, rusted, or bent, it should be replaced. This is a task you can either complete yourself or hire a rubber roofing contractor for. It is important to note that replacing the termination bar yourself may void your warranty, if your roof is still under warranty.

Inspecting your roof regularly can help you catch any problems with your roof. Unfortunately, small roof problems can grow quickly, ending up costing you more in repair costs. Repairing these small problems can help extend the life of your roof and save you money. Knowing what to inspect on your rubber roof can help you catch these problems. If you notice any issues while inspecting your rubber roofing, you will want to call in a professional to conduct a more thorough examination and repair it in a timely manner. For more information, contact a company like Central States Roofing.