When you hit the road in your RV, you have a lot of new things to keep in mind. From learning how to best haul or drive your RV, to keeping up with the unique plumbing and electrical needs of an RV, it’s an adventure learning how to handle your new rolling hotel. But one thing that many RV owners don’t think about is the need to maintain the roof. Just like the roof on your house, your RV’s roof is an important part of the overall structure. In order to keep your RV leak-proof and climate controlled, you need your roof to stay in good shape.
One of the ways that you can protect your roof is by applying a weather-resistant coating to the existing material. Whether your roof is rubber (the most common RV roof material) or a metal or polymer material, there is a liquid roof coating that can offer additional protection to your roof.
What is EPDM Roof Coating?
EPDM is one of the most desired roof coatings for RVs because it is very lightweight, affordable, and doesn’t require any special equipment to apply. It is weather-resistant and helps to maintain the climate inside your RV by reflecting UV rays and adding another layer of insulation. It also blocks water and is fire retardant. EPDM has been the industry standard for RV liquid roof coating for decades.
One of the biggest draws to this product is the fact that it needs next to no maintenance. Once it is applied, it won’t need any attention for the first 10 years or so. It is very resilient and perfect for DIY fans. It can be applied with a paint roller just like a coat of paint, if you have a mind to do it yourself. It also takes only a small amount of time for this product to cure, or set, on the roof. In many cases, you can do this over a weekend and have your RV ready to travel by the next weekend.
Why Wouldn’t You Choose EPDM for Your Liquid Roof Coating?
There are only a few cons to these products, and most of them are only a momentary annoyance. For example, if you get EPDM on your clothing while you apply it, it can be hard to clean out. Be sure to wear older clothes if you do this yourself, or hire a pro to apply the product. You should also wear a mask because some of these products can put off fumes before they cure.
For most RV owners, however, the biggest drawback is the time. Choose a liquid roof coating with the fastest curing time you can find to reduce this problem, but you usually must wait between two and seven days for the roof to be ready to go.
To make your RV more efficient, and to ensure that the roof is weather-proof for decades, a liquid roof coating can’t be ignored.