For RV and camper enthusiasts, there are few things scarier than the idea of a roof leak. If not attended to promptly, this dreaded event can lead to very serious and expensive damage to your investment. Whether you’ve already got water dripping into the inside of your rig, or you’re just trying to get a jump on preventing future problems, the important thing is to be proactive and not wait until there’s a major issue. Liquid roof coatings provides a simple, easy to use solution to fixing leaks and heading off future ones.
Where to Start
If you’ve already got an RV or camper roof leak, the first thing you need to do is determine where it’s coming from. This can be accomplished by way of either a smoke test, or an air pressure leak test. You can have these performed by an RV shop or attempt to do the diagnosis yourself.
If your roof simply appears to be in bad shape, with tears, cracks, or thinning areas in the EPDM (ethylene propylene diene terpolymer), liquid roof coatings can be an effective way of sealing off vulnerable areas so that you don’t risk moving on to the leaking stage.
How It Works
While there are two types of rubber roofs on modern RVs, EPDM and TPO (thermoplastic polyolefin), TPO typically doesn’t need to be treated in any way. If this material does happen to need some attention, there are special products designed to work with these roofs. EPDM, on the other hand, may need refreshing or repairing from time to time. That’s where liquid roof coatings comes in.
EPDM-compatible roof repair products come in an easy to apply form which is simply painted onto the roof’s surface. They can be used on a wide variety of substrates, including rubber, metal, fiberglass, and more. One of the most popular brands, Liquid Roof, offers several valuable benefits:
- UV and ozone resistant
- Mold and mildew treated
- Waterproofs instantly
- Works against ponding water
- Flexible and impervious to freezing temperatures
- Easy, one-coat application
In addition, this product comes with a 10-year warranty. When deciding on a liquid roof coatings solution, keep in mind that investing in a higher quality product will pay off in the long run in the form of less frequent applications.
How to Apply Liquid Roof Coatings
Be sure to prepare the roof’s surface ahead of time by cleaning the dirt off and cutting away any old, damaged caulk or roofing material in order to create as smooth a surface as possible. Seal any seams and flashing with RV repair tape like EternaBond (just remember that once you put the tape down, it’s stuck for good – so be sure you have it placed correctly). Then you can either apply liquid roof coatings to the entire surface, or just in the areas in need of attention.
When it comes to ensuring your RV or camper – and everyone inside – stays dry and safe, liquid roof coatings is a great way to fix the inevitable challenges that come with recreational vehicle ownership.