You might not think the words “liquid” and “roof” belong together, but thanks to advanced technology in the area of RV roof treatments, the two go together surprisingly well. The maintenance and repair involved in owning a motorhome or camper are no secret to enthusiasts, but you might not be aware just how easy it is to take the worry of leaks and yearly roof repairs off your mind.
What It Is and Why You Need It
Liquid Roof is the brand name of a synthetic rubber product called EPDM (ethylene propylene diene terpolymer). EPDM is engineered to provide motorhome owners with a long-lasting, durable, and effective solution to RV roof maintenance and minor leak problems. It’s designed to allow RV and camper owners with a DIY option to give their rig a “new” roof, repairing minor issues and preventing future ones.
Liquid Roof is formulated in a way that allows you to apply it wet, yet it cures into a flexible, tough, impermeable membrane which can last up to 20 years. The company boasts that the product is able to withstand 100% ponding water, even if it persists the entire year through. It’s also treated with mildewcide and fungicide, which is crucial in preventing moisture from producing potentially dangerous molds that could work their way into your rig.
Advantages of Liquid Roof
There are a lot of EPDM-compatible RV roof treatment products on the market, and not all of them are created equal. Some require the use of a primer coat in addition to multiple top coats. So even though Liquid Roof may seem more expensive at the outset, due to its longevity and the fact that it typically only requires one coat, it is very cost effective over the life of your RV.
This product also gives you the ability to put a whole “new” roof on your rig – as long as there aren’t severe existing structural problems. A new RV roof can cost upwards of $4000, whereas using an EPDM coating can offer the chance to repair minor seam and vent leaks, while giving the entire surface a waterproof membrane. It can withstand temperatures between -40 and 300 degrees Fahrenheit, and is flexible when cured, which means that the expanding and contracting which happens in freeze/thaw cycles will not damage it.
Another benefit of Liquid Roof is that it’s easy to apply. You simply make any needed leak repairs, then roll it on like paint. It should be applied only when the temperature is over 50 degrees Fahrenheit, and when the weather is dry. It takes 24 hours to develop a skin, and one week to cure completely. Once cured, you can breathe easy and simply check the roof every so often to make sure there isn’t any damage from tree branches, etc. If this happens, you can simply patch the affected area.
Don’t let minor leaks and a weathered, aged RV roof keep you from enjoying your adventures. Give your rig the protection it needs and yourself some peace of mind.