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Was it on a W-deck?

Is there a polyiso insulation layer below the membrane?

Does the blistering only occur at the edges of the ponding water?

How long does the water pond on the roof or when was your last rain?

Typically one of two things is going on:

1. The coating was in direct sunlight when it was applied. This causes the surface to skin off early. The trapped volatiles work their way out of the material and cause the blistering.

2. There is water trapped in the roof assembly. This usually causes a larger blister so it is less likely to manifest like the photos you have.

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Not sure about the insulation below the membrane. We haven't had a ton of rain lately and there was quite a bit of water ponding on one side of the roof. That would be the side with the blocked drains, so that was self explanatory. The blisters were located in different areas on the roof. Not just at the edge of the ponding water.

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One scenario...when mopping has just been completed, excessive moisture trapped below reaches the boiling point after the asphalt has cooled enough to form a solid but still flexible film on the surface, producing the blisters.


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Might be incompatible materials. The moisture scenario works too but not because of boiling - because bacteria trapped in the moisture multiplies and gives off gas that expands and forces the stuff to stretch until it fractures.



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