Liquid roofing for RVs is one of the most versatile and economical options for most people. There are a variety of Liquid roofing materials on the market today, including liquids that are painted on, rubber sheets that can be glued or mechanically attached to the roof, and liquid roof spray roofing that can be sprayed on like spray paint. All offer the same result: a flexible, yet durable roof that can withstand just about anything.
The Benefits of Liquid Roof Spray Roofing
Liquid roofing isn’t just popular because it is trendy. It’s popular because it works, and provides so many benefits that people have a hard time trying to find any disadvantages. A few of the biggest perks of liquid and spray rubber roof materials include:
- Easy Application: Spray products make it even easier for anyone to replace a rubber roof on their RV, with minimal handy skills required. You can have the work done by a dealership or repair shop, but doing it yourself can save you hundreds in labor costs.
- Low Maintenance: Rubber roofing doesn’t require much attention for the first 10 years or so after it is applied. Aside from routine cleaning and debris removal, installing a rubber roof provides a hassle-free solution.
- Cost: Liquid roofing materials cost a fraction of other materials, in most cases. A single gallon of liquid roof can cover up to 45 square feet, and costs between $50 and $100, depending on the brand and style you choose. Even newer spray rubber products are relatively affordable when compared to other materials.
Installing, or applying, a rubber roof is fairly simple. If you’ve chosen the spray rubber route, you just need to prepare the roof surface and get the spray ready, then you can coat the roof and be done. Of course, there is a little more detail to it than that.
To begin, you need to sweep the roof to remove any debris. Then, give it a good washing with soap and water. Consult the rubber roofing product you are going to use for preparation instructions and pre-application requirements. Some products require a special primer or activating ingredient that must be purchased separately.
Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for applying the roofing spray. Remember to be careful around fixtures. You will probably want to go back and seal them separately later so that you can access them for service. In the case of something like your roof racks or ladder, this may not be as important. The air conditioner and vent fan, however, should be accessible in the event that service is needed.
Liquid roof spray roofing typically dries to the touch in 4-5 hours, and will fully cure in about a day. The rubber continues to cure over time, creating a stronger seal. The one benefit to liquid as opposed to rubber sheeting is that liquid offers a more flexible finish that provides even stronger durability.
DIY vs. Professional Roof Replacement
Having a roof replaced by professionals was briefly mentioned above. If you are the handy type, it might not even cross your mind to hire someone for the job. With a product like liquid or spray rubber, after all, it’s a matter of a day’s work. If, however, you aren’t handy or you simply don’t want the hassle of doing the work yourself, you can have your liquid roof coating applied by a shop or a dealership. Just remember that you’re going to pay upwards of $100 an hour for labor.
Ultimately, liquid roofing is a great investment, regardless of who applies the product. It offers durability and full protection from all kinds of elements. Plus, it is a cost-effective option that is easy to install and even easier to maintain.