RV enthusiasts are more familiar with liquid camper roof coatings than most people, but there is still a lot that you will need to learn and understand about these roofing solutions in order to get the right product for your camper. Bear in mind that we are discussing coatings here, which are protective layers designed to go over the existing camper roof. Your roof may be made of fiberglass, aluminum, EPDM or TPO rubber, or another material, which will affect what type of coatings you can use for it.
Most Coatings are Liquid Rubber
While the actual roofing materials might vary from one camper to the next, most of the camper roof coatings that you find on the market will be some type of synthetic liquid rubber compound. It could be EPDM or TPO, or it could be another formula entirely. You will also find liquid rubber available in spray form or roll-on application, the latter of which is about as easy to apply as painting a wall. The engineering of these RV coatings over the years has been focused on continuous improvement, as well as to create products that are sustainable and yet durable enough to provide long-lasting protection.
Liquid rubber roofing materials are preferred because they offer so many benefits. Not only are they easy to install and offer plenty of years of protection, but they can also provide energy savings with their reflective properties and give you peace of mind that your roof coating won’t tear or crack with temperature extremes over time as some products do.
Should I Even Look at Other Coatings or Roofing?
Once people get familiar with liquid rubber products, they may find it unnecessary to look at the other options on the market. This is going to be a matter of personal preference since liquid rubber is so versatile and can be used with almost any roof to create plenty of benefits related to protecting your camper and its contents. A liquid roof can also be applied right over your existing roof material, saving a fortune in removal costs and landfill expenses, not to mention all the work involved.
DIY Coating Tips
If this is your first time considering a liquid rubber coating for your camper, for whatever reason, you will be pleased to know that it is a simple process. Most RV owners consider it part of routine maintenance and it can be done in a day or two, depending on how quickly you work and how big your RV actually is. Here are some tips to help you with the coating process:
- Thoroughly clean and wash your roof before applying a liquid coating. You will want to sweep and/or hose off any debris, and then wash the roof surface with a mild soap before rinsing and drying completely. Once it is dry, you can begin applying the liquid rubber.
- Consider products that have a one-coat application. While slightly more costly upfront, they will save you a lot of work and could be well worth the extra money.
- Remove all silicone and caulking around flashing and vents before you start. You’ll have to replace it when you’re done anyway, and the roof coating should always be the first surface in contact with the actual roof.
- Do everything else before you open the liquid rubber and start coating. This product is designed to dry and cure quickly, so you don’t want to leave it sitting out in the open air for too long. Don’t rush by any means, but make sure that you don’t let the product dry out during use.
Now that you know a little more about camper roof coatings, it should be easy for you to keep your RV roof protected for years to come.