RV roofs come in three types: fiberglass, sheet metal and EPDM rubber. Each type has its own strengths and weaknesses, but they all have one thing in common: They must be properly maintained to prevent leaks. Metal and fiberglass roofs are likely to leak at the seams and joints, but EPDM rubber roofs leak where there's punctures and tears. Roof vents and accessories are also likely to develop leaks over time.
RV Roof Aid
EPDM rubber is the roofing material of choice for most modern RVs. When these roofs start to leak, resealing with an EPDM coating will produce the best results. Liquid Roof makes the only liquid EPDM RV coating on the market. Since EPDM rubber is the only rubber that isn't affected by ozone and ultra-violet exposure and has the ability to withstand temperatures above 300 degrees, Liquid Roof outperforms other rubber repair products. RV Roof Aid is an improved version of Liquid Roof that sets faster, leaves a thicker coat, has a neater appearance and is easier to maintain than the original Liquid Roof. Its self-leveling solution is easy to apply with a squeegee, brush and short-nap roller.
EternaBond RV Roof Tape
The April 2000 issue of "Trailer Life" has this to say: "Making leak repairs is as easy as putting on a piece of tape. Non-reactive EternaBond tape and patches adhere to almost any surface (except silicone) instantly and permanently." EternaBond was developed to patch underwater pipes and stanchions in the ocean, and it's the most popular RV roof repair product at bestmaterials.com. It works on any type of roof, including EPDM rubber. According to EternaBond, its product is the only micro-sealing tape that can waterproof any surface and stop most leaks in a few minutes. EternaBond stays flexible in temperatures of minus-70 to 200 degrees Fahrenheit, and EternaBond tests indicate that its RV tape will withstand UV radiation for 18 to 35 years.
No roof repair is complete without fixing the frame that sits under your EPDM rubber, fiberglass or sheet metal shell. When water gets through your frame, the frame starts to rot and organisms feed on the wood. The EndRot system combines four products in a comprehensive kit that permanently cures the cause and symptoms of water damage. It's better than other polyester-based wood repair products because it wipes out wood-destroying organisms and prevents them from returning. As it penetrates damaged wood, it fills cracks and cavities and hardens to make it stronger than before. Since wood rot will only get worse, it's best to nip it in the bud.
Article Written By Dan Eash
Dan Eash began writing professionally in 1989, with articles in LaHabra's "Daily Star Progress" and the "Fullerton College Magazine." Since then, he's created scripts for doctor and dentist offices and published manuals, help files and a training video. His freelance efforts also include a book. Eash has a Fullerton College Associate of Arts in music/recording production and a Nova Institute multimedia production certificate.