A typical, properly installed rubber roof (EPDM) will be watertight for 7-10 years, after which the seams and flashing will begin to fail. This happens because the EPDM adhesive breaks down, creating voids in the seams, and water begins to sip in.
Most rubber roofs can be repaired to extend their usable life by redoing the flashing and installing wider cover tape on long seams.
Cool Flat Roof provides rubber roof repair service in Boston MA, as well as Rhode Island & Connecticut:
Our rubber roof repair service is simple – we will provide the materials needed for the repair and include 2 hours of repair work – all for $425! Certain restrictions apply.
What we will do during our rubber roof repair visit:
- We will look for all possible sources of roof leaks – seam adhesive failures, flashing failures, ponding water, etc.
- We will perform up-to 2 hours of repair work using ONLY Peel and Stick flashings and accessories.
- Most roof repairs can be done within two hours! Therefor in most cases, it will not cost you more than $425 to repair your roof.
- If after 2 hours of roof repair work there is more repairs to be done, we will identify problem areas and give you a price to perform the additional work. If agreed upon, we will continue with repair work, or will come back at your discretion.
- During roof repair, we will thoroughly clean the the area of repair using water and brush to get heavy dirt off, and then use Rubber Membrane Cleaner to remove any carbon settlement and other contaminants that will prevent the proper adhesion of slashing membrane to the roof. We will not use gasoline to clean the repair area, as it is against the manufacturer’s requirements (although membrane cleaner costs about 10 times more than gasoline).
- We will identify the repairs that in our professional opinion need to be done to extend the service life of your roof, and will think of the least expensive ways to do it.
- Included materials are limited to 10 linear feet or cover tape. If you need more Re-Seaming work done, this work will be priced on per-foot basis. Most jobs do not need more than 10 ln. ft. of cover tape
The cost of the initial visit, roof inspection and TWO hours of repair work is $425 if the roof is located within 50 miles form Boston, MA. If your roof is located within 50-100 miles from Boston, we will charge an additional $50 for added travel.Cost of additional repairs (if initial 2 hours is not enough to repair all leaks will be $100 / hour.
Although most repairs are done within the included 2 hours, we recommend that you send us several digital pictures of your roof, indicating potential leak spots, showing any ponding water spots, and any curbs / roof to wall connection areas or any spots that you suspect are or might be the source of your roof leak. This will help us determine if the 2 hours will be enough to perform your roof repair.
Please note: We do not provide estimates for roof repairs!
If you want us to come out it will be to perform the repair work. If you think your roof leak is complicated and will take more than two ours, send us pictures of your roof first – this way we can figure out the scope of work and let you know approximate time needed for the repair.
Please send pictures of your roof to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Because there is variety of rubber membrane manufacturers, different age of rubber roofs, and as a general industry practice, we (nor do any other legit and reputable roofing contractor) do not warranty a roof repair. However, we will perform the repair service to the best of our ability, not only because we want your potential future business and value our reputation, but also as a homeowner, I personally know what it’s like to hire a bad contractor, and do not want my customers to experience it when doing business with us.
Schedule rubber roof repair now, or call: 617-444-9020
Roof repair service: $425 flat fee for 2 hours of roof repair including peel-and-stick rubber flashing materials. Any work after the initial 2 hours will be discussed and priced accordingly.
- Our rubber roof repair services – overview of what we will do to professionally fix your roof
- Cost of rubber roof repair – learn what we charge to fix your roof.
Video example of a rubber roof repair in Cambridge, MA
This video shows about how much roof repair work we can do in 2 hours, and what’s involved in a rubber roof repair.
Rubber roofs are different, and although the whole EPDM rubber roofing system is inherently flawed (IMHO) because it relies solely on adhesive (seam glue, primers, peel-and-stick tapes, etc.), the membrane itself will not break down for many years, so even if it begins to leak you can often salvage the roof by doing a roof repair, fixing the seams, installing new flashing at skylights, chimneys and other protrusions. With the recent move of EPDM roofing industry to peel and stick accessories, you can expect the seams to last at least a couple of years longer than older black glue seams.
We understand that money can be tight and you want to get as much out of your roof as you can or maybe you do not want a new roof at all or just waiting unlit finances allow for it. Although we will never install a new rubber roof because we consider it to be inferior, we can professionally repair your existing rubber roof, at a reasonable cost and highest workmanship standards.
If you need to stop roof leaks now, and have a repair that will last, or want to get some more time out of your rubber roof, until you are ready to have a new IB PVC roof installed, or just need a quick and inexpensive fix, we will professionally repair your rubber roof using the best materials, and will pay special attention to details, to make sure you get the best repair that will last.
If your roof is located anywhere in southern New England – Massachusetts, Connecticut or Rhode Island, we will come to you, inspect your roof and perform repairs during the first visit.
Here is how it works:
Our initial roof inspection includes looking for all the sources of leaks, identifying wet insulation, ponding water problems, rotten roof decking and finding the most economical ways to fix your roof related problems. We will also perform a roof repair during the first visit, using only the best (yes, most expensive) rubber roof accessories, such as Peel-and-Stick flashing, seam tape, Peel and Stick cover tape and will use if necessary, a reinforced rubber membrane. We will not use the cheap, and outdated rubber flashings that are installed using black rubber glue (Rubber Seam Adhesive) unless it is necessary.
PLEASE NOTE: We do not want there to be any confusion about Peel-n-Stick rubber roofing accessories. Peel and Stick is better, lasts longer and costs about 3 times more than regular, none-peel and stick accessories, which are installed with black rubber glue.
Additional roof repair information
How to request a rubber roof repair or IB roof installation:
You can either call us at our toll free number – 617-444-9020 or fill out our roof estimate request and specify that you need a rubber roof repair service performed.
You can also use our interactive roofing price calculator to estimate the cost of your roof replacement and compare the IB PVC roofing systems prices to Built-up roofing, Tar and gravel and EPDM rubber roof cost.
Other roof repair resources:
If you do not live in MA, CT or RI, or want to try repairing your rubber roof yourself, we’ve created two detailed how-to guides:
1 – Our original Rubber roof repair guide that focuses on fixing a roof using rubber membrane adhesive (black glue).
2 – Our second EPDM rubber diy guide that is focused on using Peel-and-Stick flashing, seam tape and cover strip.
Additional information if you’re considering to fix the roof yourself:
While fixing the roof yourself may be a good choice if you are handy and want to save some money, the “save some money” part is what you need to consider.
All rubber roof accessories such as flashing tape, patches, seam tape, adhesive, membrane cleaner, rubber primer, etc., are sold in contractor quantities – usually 100 feet rolls, or 1 gallon cans, so if you need to just patch a skylight, you can easily spend 250-350 between all the tools (membrane roller, seam probe, etc.), shipping costs and so on. In the end you will be left with 95 feet of flashing material and nearly full cans of cleaner, primer and adhesive, which you won’t be able to return and probably will not need any time soon. At the same time, your first repair has a high chance of leaking fairly soon because of lack of experience in fixing rubber roofs.
You may also purchase something that you will actually not need, or the wrong type of flashing as there are so many choices. This happened to me a few times even considering that I am a roofer.
We now have a new, dedicated website that covers EPDM rubber roof repair ONLY – Massachusetts Rubber Roofing – there you will learn more about EPDM rubber roofing materials, a detailed DIY rubber roof repair guide, and a complete EPDM roof installation how-to guide.
Note: When a NON single-ply flat roof begins to leak, repairing it will usually extend its life for another 3 months, after which it will leak again. This is especially true for roofs such as built-up tar and gravel, rolled asphalt or modified bitumen, because these roofs degrade with time, and start to leak because of material failure, seam adhesive breaking down, ponding water and in some cases, faulty roof installation. Hence, if possible, I recommend avoiding roof repair all together, as in my opinion it is a waste of money in most cases.
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