Do you have a brand-new RV that just had its roof mangled because you drove too close to a low-hanging set of tree branches? Are you a do-it-yourselfer looking to renovate an old camper and save it from the scrap heap by bringing it back to life? It turns out you’ve got more in common with each other than you might think – in fact, when it comes to RV roof restoration, there’s an easy way to do it that will save you time, energy, and money.
Get That Roof Back in Shape
The roof of your RV or camper needs to be completely weatherproof and watertight, and not just for the obvious reason that nobody likes having a soaking wet interior. Rainwater or melting snow loves to wreak havoc with the insides of an RV, especially in places like the overhead insulation or the subfloor, and if you have even a pinhole in your roof this means you could be slowly but surely setting yourself up to have to deal with an expensive and damaging dry rot or mold situation. A brand-new RV is a serious investment that needs protecting, and even if you’re rebuilding a camper from the ground up you don’t want all that hard work to go to waste because your roof leaks like a sieve. It’s important to get that RV back in shape as soon as possible, and you can do it easily with roof restoration products specifically designed for that purpose.
EPDM – It’s Not Alphabet Soup
The best products for waterproofing a camper or RV roof are made from EPDM. No, it’s not a ladleful of alphabet soup; EPDM stands for ethylene propylene diene monomer, and it’s a synthetic, ultra-durable rubber that comes in both liquid and solid forms. Liquid EPDM is perfect for coating the roofs of all sorts of recreational vehicles, from the smallest pop-up camper to the largest of the road warrior RVs that you see on the highway. Solid sheets of EPDM, by comparison, are one of the most popular roofing products for commercial buildings (the kinds that don’t come with wheels).
Why Use EPDM?
There’s a very good reason that roof restoration systems for RVs rely so heavily on liquid EPDM products: they work fast, they work well, and they last forever. As soon as you slap that first (and only) coat down on your RV roof, the waterproofing properties of liquid EPDM begin immediately – even before it’s dry. The durability of liquid EPDM means you’re not going to have to re-apply another coat for another five to ten years, and that’s a serious difference when it comes to other RV roof restoration products based on inferior materials like acrylic. Do yourself a favor and patch those gouges on your new RV with liquid EPDM as soon as possible – and hit that old, weary roof on your DIY camper restoration project before you replace that rotted out subfloor with a new one.