Rubber has been used as a roofing material for RVs for over 25 years. It provides a durable, flexible surface that can add strength to the seals around seams and fixtures, and it is much more affordable and easy to install than other roofing materials. To increase the benefits and convenience of this material, EPDM liquid roofing was developed. This liquid possesses all the qualities of EPDM sheeting membranes, but when it dries it provides a more flexible, durable finish.
Liquid Roofing Dries White
Although choosing a roof material is about more than aesthetics, it does matter. In fact, it matters a lot to many RV owners who avoid rubber roofing because they assume that it will be black. Not only is this not as visually appealing on a white or off-white RV, but it can attract more heat and doesn’t offer as much energy efficiency, despite its strong, durable sealing power.
However, liquid roofing products have been uniquely formulated for this exact reason. The formula goes on as a black liquid, but as it dries and cures, it turns white. The white finish will reflect heat and harmful UV rays, and offer a better-looking finish on RVs of a similar color scheme.
Liquid Roofing Offers Full Protection
Liquid EPDM is engineered to protect your RV from more than just UV rays. In fact, this product can resist ozone elements, freezing and extreme heat, snow, acids and alkalis, and even saltwater. No matter what climate you live in or where you take your RV, you can trust that your roof will be better protected with a liquid product than other roofing materials. Plus, the liquid will get into every single crevice and crack on your roof, ensuring a watertight seal across the entire surface.
In case that isn’t enough, liquid roofing has self-leveling properties. While you do have to spread it during application, you don’t have to worry about getting it perfectly even. It will finish leveling out as it dries, giving you a flat surface that won’t be prone to pooling water and other potential damage or leaks as a result of an uneven application.
DIYers Love the Easy Application
If you’re looking for a weekend project for your RV, a new roof or roof coating could be a great choice. With liquid roofing, it’s as easy to apply the coating as it is to paint a wall. Using a brush, roller, or squeegee, you can apply the liquid product in a short amount of time and let it air dry for a full cure in less than 24 hours. Plus, this convenient material can be applied to almost any surface. So long as the surface is clean, liquid roof can be applied to:
- Sheet Rubber
- Metal or Aluminum
The liquid roof will cure to a flexible finish on any of these surfaces, providing optimal protection and easy application regardless of your existing roof material.
The Bottom Line: The Bottom Dollar
Perhaps the most popular reason that people choose this option for their RV is how cost-effective it is when compared to other roofing options. The cost of replacing your roof can vary significantly depending on a number of factors, but you can typically expect to pay a repair shop around $300 per linear foot to replace other types of RV roofing.
Liquid roofing, on the other hand, can be done in a matter of hours by anyone with basic painting skills. A gallon of liquid EPDM ranges from $50-$100, and will cover as much as 45 square feet. Depending on the size of your RV, you can get the job done for a couple hundred bucks over the course of a weekend.