While sitting in your RV watching TV, you look up to the ceiling and see something that’s just not right. All of a sudden you get that bad feeling in your gut and realize you have a roof leak. You think about all the damage that may be in the roof and wonder how you’re going to fix it. Not only that, how are you going to find it? Roof leaks can start at one end of the roof and show up at the other end on the ceiling inside. If it has been there a while before showing signs of the leak, the damage could be extensive. Once that sick feeling subsides and start thinking a little clearer, you start to wonder who can help.
You see, an RV roof isn’t like a house roof system. In most cases, it’s a rubber or fiberglass design. Rubber roofs don’t last all that long especially when you don’t keep the maintenance up and fiberglass cracks over time. So you can’t just call a roofer to nail some singles on, this calls for an expert. Most people like me would take it to an RV dealer for repairs and many are very good at what they do. The problem with that is you end up with the same roof system which could leak again at some point. I’ve had this problem and have spent the money getting the roof resealed before, and in one case replaced.
After doing a little research, I’ve found a very reliable and long lasting system by RV Armor in Florida. But you don’t have to drive to Florida to get your RV fixed! They have a network of factory-trained technicians ready to be dispatched to wherever you may be, and can even treat your roof while you continue to live in the unit.
After a careful inspection of the roof, RV Armor technicians start the three part process. Let’s look at a rubber roof system repair as an example.
After cleaning the roof they start the first stage. This is a yellow epoxy primer that creates a barrier between the membrane and the base or final coats. This prevents solvents in the product from forming gas pockets underneath the membrane. The primer is rolled on the main areas of the roof and brushed on in the front and rear edges as well as around vents, A/C and skylights.
Next is the self-leveling sealant which is applied around the end caps, antenna and other areas as needed. They also install a mesh product in these areas to add strength. After all this is a moving roof.
Finally, the gray base coat is applied to a 28 mil thickness. This requires two coats drying over night before the final coat which is white in color is applied. The result is a very nice long lasting roof system that has, according to the company, a transferable lifetime warranty. That alone is well worth it.
See the RV Armor website for more information, and happy RVing!