It’s not how you planned on spending your tax return, but when your brother-in-law told you that his friend’s, wife’s, cousin had a used camper for sale; you just couldn’t turn it down. When you got it home, you took a closer look at your new baby, and that’s when you noticed that the roof was looking a little rough. Alright, don’t panic, you can handle this.
Assess the Condition
The first step is to carefully assess the condition of the camper roof. If you decide to go up on the roof, please be very careful! Are you are able to see any cracks or leaks? Be sure to check around the roof vents and along the roof edges. You’re probably going to see a lot of dirt and mildew stains, but that’s pretty normal. Alright, you decide that it would be a really good idea to start the camping season with a new look and a little peace-of-mind. It’s time to think about a camper top coating.
Choosing the Right Camper Top Coating
Chances are the roof of your camper is either metal, fiberglass or EDPM, which is a synthetic rubber surface. There are cheap ways to coat camper roofs, like water-proof paints for metal or fiberglass surfaces, but ordinary paints will chip and crack. Camper top coating isn’t something that you want to do often, so it just makes good sense to use products that are specifically designed for the job. One of the better choices is a liquid rubber coating, because it can be used effectively on most camper and RV roof surfaces.
Preparing the Roof’s Surface
No matter what type of camper top coating you choose, properly preparing the roof’s surface needs to be your first step. The roofs of campers and RVs are constantly exposed to absolutely everything that Mother Nature can throw at them; wind, dust, dirt, rain, snow and harsh sun. All dirt and mildew needs to be removed to ensure that the new coating will adhere properly. Start by sweeping or blowing any loose debris off of the roof. Next, you’ll need to thoroughly clean the surface. Be sure to check the caulking around the roof vents and replace as necessary.
Deciding on a Liquid Camper Top Coating
You’ve decided to use a liquid rubber roof coating because they are the most flexible and long-lasting. Which one do you choose? Time becomes a big factor in making the decision. You’ll need time for cleaning the roof, repairing any caulking, sealing the edges with butyl rubber tape and applying the coating. Some brands of liquid camper top coating require two coats, so choosing one that only needs a single coat will save you hours of time. If you’re doing the work yourself on a weekend, and perhaps are concerned about rain, every hour counts.
Sizing Up the Situation
Resurfacing your camper or RV roof is a good idea if it’s older and showing signs of wear. If you choose a liquid rubber camper top coating, you’ll get a surface that looks new and will last for many years. You can do the work yourself, but if you don’t feel comfortable with that, you should hire a professional. It shouldn’t be too expensive because the surface area is relatively small. If you buy the camper top coating yourself, you can shop around for the best price and further reduce the cost of hiring a roofer. Most of all, resurfacing the camper roof will give you years of worry-free camping.