How to Replace an Aluminum Roof on an RV

How to Replace an Aluminum Roof on an RV
Because you might rarely see it, you can easily forget about the condition of your recreational vehicle's roof. It is essential to keep the roof in good repair to prevent leaks and rot, which can lead to interior damage. Although there are professionals who can perform RV roof repairs, replacing an aluminum RV roof is a fairly simple do-it-yourself project.

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderate

Things You’ll Need:
  • Screw driver Crowbar Aluminum panels Fine-toothed hacksaw Liquid nails Sealant Aluminum brackets
  • Screw driver
  • Crowbar
  • Aluminum panels
  • Fine-toothed hacksaw
  • Liquid nails
  • Sealant
  • Aluminum brackets
Step 1
Remove all railings and fixtures, such as air vents and antennae, from the perimeter of the roof.
Step 2
Remove the aluminum panels by unscrewing the brackets and prying the panels loose with a tool, such as a crow bar, if necessary. Brush the exposed surface clean with a stiff-bristled brush.
Step 3
Lay out the new aluminum panels across the top of the RV to ensure a proper fit. Trim away any overhang so the panels fit properly. Cut out the proper spaces for air vents in the aluminum sheets.
Step 4
Place a thick line of liquid adhesive between the exposed roof surface and the new sheets of aluminum, working in sections. Beginning at a corner edge, lay down the first panel.
Step 5
Lay the next panel over the first one, slightly overlapping the two. Place a layer of sealant in the overlap section in order to further reduce the chance of shifting. Continue this process until the entire roof is covered.
Step 6
Secure the seems between the panels of metal with aluminum brackets.

Tips & Warnings

 
Use a sealant meant for marine use to ensure optimum protection against water leakage.
 
Do not replace aluminum roofing over a rotting plywood base. If the base of the roof has suffered water damage, see a professional RV repairman before taking further action.

Article Written By Gail Logan

Gail Logan is a magazine editor and freelance writer based in Atlanta, AL. She received her B.A. in Journalism from Patrick Henry College. For the past four years, she has written home design, travel and food features for national magazines, including "Coastal Living," "Texas Home and Living," "Log Home Design," and "Country's Best Log Homes." When not writing, she mentors inner-city children.

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