Liquid Roof Coatings – The Solution for Your Leak Problem

Roofs have to be strong, light and durable. They’re expected to hold up for years under some of the harshest conditions – they must deal with harsh, direct sunlight, significant heat, rain, hail, severe cold and a great deal more. Over time, those forces are enough to wear out even the strongest of roofing materials. Whether your home’s roof is leaking or your RVs roof has seen better days, there’s an answer – liquid roof coatings.

Understanding Liquid Roof Repair

Liquid roof coatings are relatively new to the market, although they’ve been around for a few years at this point. Essentially, you apply a liquid rubber product to the damaged area of your roof, allow it to cure, and then you have a waterproof, durable seal against moisture and future damage. It’s really that simple.

Where Can Liquid Roof Products Be Used?

As mentioned, liquid roof coatings can be used in almost any location where water penetration is a problem. This goes for commercial roofs, residential homes, RVs, travel trailers and more. The only real difference is that you’ll need a different quantity depending on the size of the roof in question. Obviously, a can of liquid roof repair product only goes so far, so you’ll need enough cans or buckets to cover your application.

Liquid Roof RV Repair

While liquid roof repair is possible for any type of roof, this technology has dramatic implications for RV and travel trailer owners. These roofs are far thinner and more easily damaged than home or business roofs. They’re also exposed to a wider range of environmental factors, over a shorter span of time. Just traveling from Florida to Maine puts your roof through a great deal.

Because RVs and travel trailers use a rubber roof over a thin sheeting of metal, they’re easily damaged. A single falling branch while you’re parked beneath a tree at a campground can make for serious issues. In the past, your first reaction might have been to apply silicone to the puncture or damaged area. This might give you just enough time to make it to a repair center before the next rain hit, but usually wouldn’t last very long. With liquid roof RV repair products, you get a permanent repair immediately. There’s no waiting to get to the repair center – just apply it according to the directions on the container and you’re done.

Considerations with Liquid Roof Repair

There are several considerations to make when choosing liquid roof coatings. First, make sure the product you’re purchasing is actually EPDM liquid rubber. There are many other products on the market, but only EPDM rubber gives you the durability necessary for lasting roof repairs, combined with the elasticity necessary to combat expansion and contraction from heat and cold.

Finally, you’ll need to consider whether you want to conduct the repairs yourself or have a professional handle it for you. If you decide to hire someone, make sure they’re experienced with liquid rubber roof repairs, and that they have a reputation for quality service.

How to Do a Liquid Roof Repair

So you need to make repairs to your roof, and you’re considering liquid roof for those repairs. You’ve made a great choice. Liquid roof is an incredibly durable product. It’s made from the same polymers that make up EPDM roofing, which is universally regarded for its extreme durability and weather resistance. You’ll find that those exact same properties can be found in liquid roof. Also, liquid roof, much like EPDM roofing, is incredibly resistant to ultraviolet light, which means that when you use it to make repairs, you’ll be vastly increasing the energy efficiency of the building your making repairs to. Combine that with the fact the liquid roof does not require dangerous chemicals or blowtorches to be applied, and you’ve got an environmentally conscious product for making roof repairs.

So you’ve decided to commit, and you’re going to do a liquid roof repair. Let’s break down what you’re going to need to do step-by-step.

Step 1: Make a Run for Supplies

Obviously, you’re going to need some containers of liquid roof for your repair project, but you’ll need a few additional things as well. For one, you’ll want to makes sure that you’re adequately stocked with cleaning supplies. Also, depending on how your roof is laid out, you might want masking tape to protect things that you don’t want the liquid roof to be applied to. Finally, you’ll need an EPDM roller.

Step 2: Get to Cleaning

Once you’ve found a nice day to make the liquid roof repairs, the first thing that you’re going to need to do is to clean your roof. Any grime, dirt or debris that’s present on your roof will impede the ability of the liquid roof to bond to the surface. So, you’re going to need to make sure that your roof is as clean as you can humanly make it. If it’s not possible to get things squeaky clean, you can talk to your local hardware store about bonding agents that you can use which will work with the liquid roof and your existing roofing system.

Step 3: Make the Liquid Roof Repair

Once things are clean (or a bonding agent has been applied) you’re going to need to spread out the liquid roof. To do this, you will use the EPDM roller to spread the liquid roof out over the surface of your existing roof as evenly as you possibly can. It’s important that you strive for an even application, because an uneven one could lead to more repair work later.

Step 4: Let the Liquid Roof Repair Cure

Because the liquid roof is applied to your roof cold, it’s going to need some time to cure. You won’t need to do anything special; exposure to the outside air will be good enough. It can take up to a week for the liquid roof to cure entirely, but 24 hours will have the liquid roof cured enough to where you won’t have to worry about it any longer.