Applying a roof coating to your RV is a great way to help prevent aging and weathering, putting years of life back into your vehicle. But if you’ve applied a coating, you know that it’s like painting a wall. You think it’ll only take a few minutes and it ends up taking an hour or more. You don’t want to have to spend more time going back over what’s already finished, so how can you get the most out of your new RV roof coating? Like anything, it comes down to how well you take care of your roof.
You’re probably thinking to yourself that it’s not easy to keep your roof protected, and that’s why you applied a coating. But you would be surprised to find out just how easy maintaining that coating is. Follow these quick tips and tricks, and your roof coating will last you a long, long time.
Snow, Sleet, and Hail
If you live in the mountains or up north, you know that winter will bring at least one major snowstorm every year. Even if you’re in the south, summer hailstorms aren’t uncommon. When these weather events sweep through town, you need to think of your RV roof. Snow and ice falling from the sky can, of course, do damage on impact, but what about after the fact?
Just as you clear your driveway after a snowstorm, you should be clearing the snow off your RV. While a liquid RV roof coating can withstand the wetness of snow with no problem, piled up snow can quickly become a heavy weight that your roof isn’t made to carry. The same goes for hail. Chunks of ice sitting on your roof waiting to melt will put unwanted weight on your roof and lead to dips, dents, and damage.
Keep it Clean
As well as cleaning snow and ice off your RV roof coating, you should also regularly clean it. Like with the paint on a car, dirt, dust, pollen, and grime can degrade the quality of your roof coating. You want to use a cleaner that is specially made for RV roofs as some products can destroy the coating. With a gentle brush, scrub the roof free of any grime at least once every few months, and you’ll have a better looking, longer lasting RV roof coating. Avoid using overly abrasive brushes as they can scratch the coating and be sure not to wax the roof. Oily products can cause the coating to bubble up, making it easier for tears and leaks.
Beware of Trees
If you park your RV in a yard with many trees, you’ll regularly check that nothing has fallen onto your roof. As beautiful as trees are, they’re a bit of a menace when it comes to RVs. Leaves, sticks, pollen, and sap can all do a lot of damage to your RV. You might not even notice a few leaves on top of your RV, but, like snow, they can slowly build up and make a lot of weight. Sap is a pain to get off and will also degrade the quality of your coating, just like dirt. After a heavy rainstorm, be sure to go out and check your RV’s roof to make sure nothing has fallen onto the roof coating.
By thoroughly inspecting and cleaning your RV roof coating regularly, you can maintain a roof coating that looks pristine and will last for years to come. Don’t let your hard work go to waste when it’s as simple as taking care of your vehicle.