This storm season has been devastating. Make a swift recovery and a lasting waterproof fix to your roof with Ames.

Ames produces premium, water-based, environmentally friendly, elastomeric, waterproof acrylic and rubber coatings. There really is nothing else quite like it out there. Here we will walk you through how to properly use Ames products to create a waterproof seal and repair your roof using a plywood system. If you are curious about fixing a certain kind of roof or a different method, check out our other DIY articles or call us at 888-345-0809!

Prepare Your Roof Inspect the damage. Look for cracks, leaks, and areas of heavy water damage. Make sure that any areas of pooling water have been dried out. Remove all loose paint, dirt, oil and grease leaving the surface clean and dry. Do not use any soaps or detergents.

Read all label instructions before beginning application. Always run a test patch first in an inconspicuous area, to ensure that proper adhesion and drying occurs and that the product works to your satisfaction. It is suggested that if the plywood has not been installed, to coat the plywood on all sides with one coat of Elasto-Barrier®. All major cracks, joints, and seams should be caulked and filled with an Ames Blue Max® trowel-grade coating and filler. Do not use any silicone caulk. Make sure the surface is as smooth as possible. Difficult surfaces such as concrete, vinyl, or EPDM Rubber require one or two coats of Super Primer™ for adhesion to the surface. You may paint, roll or spray onto the surface.

Using Ames Seam Tape All surfaces with joints, cracks, flashing or where two unlike surfaces come together should be seam taped. Seam taping is done to provide additional strength and reinforcement. Ames Peel & Stick Seam Tape is ideal for plywood roof decks and other smooth surfaces. Seam tape is also great for helping patch holes where damage may be.

Strengthening After seam taping, the next step is to embed Polyester Contouring Roof Fabric to give your roof long lasting strength. This is done by applying a liberal amount of Super Elasto Barrier onto your surface, rolling the fabric onto the wet coating and embedding it, and then applying another coat of Super Elasto Barrier on top while the bottom coat is still wet. After this, you will be top coating with Maximum Stretch.

Topcoat the Roof with Maximum Stretch Topcoat the roof with Maximum Stretch. One coat will work, but two coats are recommended (2-3 gallons per 100 square feet). You can apply Maximum Stretch with a roller, push broom, or sprayer.

Don’t let the recent hurricanes discourage you. Let Ames help you repair your home and get it done right the first time.