Your RV is the key to enjoying a lifetime of freedom, open roads, and stunning vistas across the country. However, it does need to be maintained, and it can be damaged, as well. When it comes to non-auto-accident-related damage, the roof of your RV is perhaps the most problem-prone area. Liquid roof repair products can help, but you need to know a few things before you apply them.
Identify Your Roofing Type
First and foremost, make sure you know what type of roof your RV has. Most RVs on the road today have EPDM roofing, but some do not. Yours may have TPO roofing, instead. Not sure what you have? Take a look at the top of the RV. Touch the surface – does it feel like rubber? Does it have a matte finish? Chances are good that it’s an EPDM roof. If it is white and glossy, then you have a TPO roof. Note that you should not use liquid roof repair products on TPO roofs without first applying a coat of primer designed for TPO.
Buy the Right Product
Next, you need to make sure that you choose the right liquid roof repair product. There are many, many options on the market, but they are not all the same. You need to compare the available choices based on cost, but also on longevity, durability, waterproofness, curing time, and other factors. You’ll find that RV Liquid Roof offers the best mix of advantages, and is completely waterproof at the time of application.
Identify the Damage
Before you start applying liquid roof repair products, you need to take steps to identify what needs to be repaired. Is there a hole punched in the roof? Is the EPDM sheet peeling? Are the seams on the roof pulling away from one another? In some cases, you may only need to make spot repairs with a liquid roof repair product. However, in others, you might need to apply a new coating of rubber to the entire roof. This should actually be done periodically throughout your RV’s life to ensure that the roof stays in good shape, is able to protect the interior of your RV, and that it does not become brittle and damaged.
Get the Right Tools
The next step is not to apply RV Liquid Roof. Rather, it’s about finding the right tools for the job. These will vary depending on the actual repairs you need to make, but some of the most commonly needed tools include the following:
- Roller and refills
- Long handle for the roller
- A box cutter or razor knife
- A putty knife
- A scraper
All of these tools can be found at your local hardware store, or even at your local big box department store, and should only cost a few dollars each.
Prepare the Surface
Finally, you need to prepare the surface. You cannot simply slap a coat of EPDM on top of your RV’s roof and expect it to last very long. You need to thoroughly scour the areas where you’ll be applying liquid roof repair products – 3M Scotch Brite pads work very well for this purpose. After cleaning, allow the area to completely dry before you apply the repair product.
There you have them – some of the most critical steps to take during the RV roof repair process. Most of these step take place prior to applying the product, which is because the actual application is relatively simple, so long as you have chosen the right option from the available selection.