Using a quality coating for your RV’s rubber roof is essential to protecting the roof from damage and for adding extra durability and convenience.
A quality coating will reduce the need for maintenance on your RV’s rubber roof and will also reduce how often you have to re-apply the coating to the roof.
There are primarily two different types of rubber roofs used for RV’s: EPDM (Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer) and TPO (Thermal Poly Olefin). Both of these roof types differ in a variety of ways, so it’s important you use a roof coating that’s compatible with either type.
Using a compatible roof coating will give you peace of mind and also save you time from having to figure out which roof type you own.
Of course, if you’d like to identify whether your RV’s rubber roof is EPDM or TPO, then there are a couple of different ways you can.
The first and easiest way is to check the owner’s manual of your RV. The manual will tell you your roof type and also provide you with essential information about taking care of your roof and its specific needs.
Another way to differentiate between an EPDM and a TPO RV roof is to use the eye and touch test. An EPDM RV roof looks and feels like the rubber on an inner tube of a tire; the only difference with how it looks is that the roof will likely be white, while the inner tube is black.
Meanwhile, a TPO RV roof will appear slick and shiny compared to an EPDM roof. TPO roofs also use heat-welded seams while EPDM roofs are cemented together.
The Necessity and Benefits of Roof Coatings
Rubber roofs are great for RV’s, but they tend not to hold up too well in the sunlight. After a while, the rubber roof will begin to crack and dry out after exposure to the sun. This is where rubber roof coatings come in: they protect your rubber roof from cracking and drying out to prevent damage to the interior of your RV.
Most damage caused by a broken roof comes in the form of water damage. Water seeps through the cracks and dried out holes in the rubber roofing and begins to damage the appliances and furnishing inside of the RV.
If the damage to your rubber roof is minor and only requires small bits of sealing work, using a quality sealer like Rubex Caulk can help to quickly and efficiently seal your roof.
However, sometimes the damage to the roof is too extensive for patchwork and requires an entirely new coating. As long as you choose the right product, like Liquid RV Roof, you’ll be able to coat your roof with a quality roof coating that seals and protects the roof and dries in only four or five hours.
A quality roof coating benefits your RV’s rubber roof especially because it protects the roof from the sun and UV ray damage. This maintains the quality of your RV’s roof and prevents it from cracking up and drying out.
An RV with a rubber roof coating is an RV that’s protected from water and moisture damage, while the roof has an extra layer of defense against debris and other objects that can scrape and puncture the roof. Whatever the cause for an issue, using roof coatings for your RV’s rubber roof helps you fight back against roof hazards and threats.