Wednesday, June 17, 2009

How to Repair RV Roof

In the last post about Preventive maintenance for RV Roof Leaks, I have showed how you can reduce the maintenance time for RV roof repair.

Now lets discuss how can we repair the RV roof. Quality is a huge issue in the RV industry and much of it comes from the materials used to build the units. And when RVs break, customers expect dealers to mend the units by using materials that can stand up to the rigors of outdoor use. That’s why quality construction materials are essential components of any recreation vehicle. The thing that is more important on the roof is the sealant on a RV, that is some thing that you should inspect twice a year.

Motor home roofs are not made the same way that house roofs are, and you'll need special materials to work on them. Re-sealing of the seams on a yearly basis is very important to prevent leaks, and you also must seal around anything that penetrates the roof. This can be a vent or pipe, but it can also be anything added on that is bolted to the roof, such as a satellite dish or other type of antenna. Most people just seal these things once and leave them alone, and they assume that the factory sealed the seams with something that will never leak. While a motor home is well made there is no way to completely keep it from leaking over time because of the materials that it's made out of and the shifting that these materials endure from a moving vehicle.

There are several different things a motorhome roof can be made out of, with the most common ones being rubber, aluminium, and fiberglass. Any of these are susceptible to leaks over time, no matter how well the motorhome is built or how much it cost. There are some newer products out now that are designed to be used on motorhome roofs.

They seal up seams by using a roll of material that looks very much like tape. While they can't be guaranteed to last forever they are designed to stop the hassle and ritual of yearly maintenance, meaning that they can give you less to worry about and more time to enjoy traveling in your motorhome, which is something that any motor home enthusiast is likely looking for. I have found Liquid EPDM and EPDM Coatings Product best for all type of roof damage Repair.