How to Prepare for an RV Roof Repair with EPDM

Having an RV can be lot of fun and can lead to a number of unforgettable experiences. Unfortunately, one such experience may occur if the RV springs a leak. Aside from putting plans you may have for your RV on hold, a leak can also cause a lot of damage. If water gets in and messes with your electrical, you’ll be looking at a long hiatus from your RV and some pretty expensive repairs. That’s why it pays to repair your roof with EPDM. This rubber will help ensure you aren’t doing repairs again anytime soon. Here’s what you’ll need, aside from the rubber, to complete the job.

The Roller

This tool is critical for RV roof repair or basically anytime you’re rolling out EPDM. If you decide to go with EPDM liquid roof RV repair, you’ll still need a roller, so this tool works either way. However, the actual “roller” attachment will differ.

Surface Conditioning Pad (Very-Fine Grade)

There are a number of ways to describe this material, but basically, you’re looking for a heavy-duty sandpaper you can use for cleaning the roof of your RV. This is essential before attempting RV roof repair because you’ll need some kind of bonding agent to adhere the EPDM to the roof and anything that gets in the way—whether it’s dust or debris—will cause issues. Paper towels and household cleaner won’t do; you need that surface looking immaculate, like you just bought it.

Razor Knife or Shears

Unless you decided on liquid roof RV repair, you’re going to need some type of tool for cutting the rubber into the appropriate size for your vehicle. Use either a razor knife or some kind of shears, but keep in mind that simple scissors won’t do the job. When working with EPDM membranes, it’s vital that you keep rough or jagged edges to a minimum.

Scrape

You’re also going to need a tool of some sort to help get rid of excess caulking you no longer need. Utility blades work well for this job or simple scrapers can be used.

Choosing Your EPDM

As we mentioned above, you can go with a liquid or rubber membrane application for your RV. You don’t necessarily need to look for a brand that was made specifically for RVs either. EPDM works the same no matter what the structure below it is.

Preparing Your RV

RV roof repair cannot begin until you’ve cleaned off the entire area. Unless you’ve applied EPDM before and are just patching up an area that’s been compromised, (in which case, that area still needs to be cleaned), it’s time to get some elbow grease going.

Begin by removing any obvious issues like grease, water, foliage, or other forms of debris. The same goes for any leftover chemicals or materials that may have once been a part of the roofing. Use a non-silicone caulk to seal up any holes in your RV’s roof and then go over the whole surface with the conditioning pad of your choice.

Once you’ve done all this, you’re ready to begin applying your EDM and repairing your RV’s roof.

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