Resealing Your RV’s Roof

RV owners who are looking to seal the roof on their rig may wonder if they can do the work themselves. A lot of this depends on when the RV was made and what materials were used in its construction.

Some RV roofs are made of metal, fiberglass or vinyl. These are usually found in older rigs. In general, these types of materials require a professional’s attention when trying to do repairs. New RVs usually have rubber construction. These may be able to be sealed or repaired by a do-it-yourselfer in some instances. This all depends on your level of comfort and skill in doing this type of work.

If your RV is leaking, this could be an indication of more severe damage. Leaks could lead to mold or rot problems which would require more extensive repairs. Again, these might be able to be repaired by a skilled do-it-yourselfer, but be sure to have the damage fully assessed to ensure that you are addressing all of the damage. For a full assessment, check with your local RV dealer.

Putting a simple coat on a rubber roof is a fairly easy process that involves first cleaning the roof and then using an RV roof coating. In some instances a primer must be used between the cleaning and the coating. Some products offer good coverage in one coat, others require multiple coats. Be sure to read the specific instructions for the product you purchase as their may also be other restrictions on how best to apply the sealant.

To best protect your RV, do the proper research. For those who are confident and able, you may find it very simple to reseal the roof on your own. For those with any doubt, look at the investment you spend for a professional as an investment in the life and longevity of your RV.

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