A camper rubber roof sealer is a great addition to any RV, but only when it is used and installed correctly. If you are looking into a sealant to add extra protection to your roof seams and fixtures, there is no shortage of products on the market that you can use. However, the process is generally more important than the product. For that reason, here are some tips to help you succeed with all kinds of camper sealing jobs.
Inspect the Situation
The first thing that you need to do is inspect your RV roof. Bring a marker and a camera so that you can make notes and have images to reference when applying the rubber roof sealant that you have chosen. You don’t need to mark obvious cracks or leaks, but small fractures in seals or tears in the roof should be clearly noted so that you can find them again when you come back to do the repairs. If you have recently installed a roof and are applying a camper rubber roof sealer for the first time, this step isn’t necessary.
Once you have identified the problems or the type of sealing job you are facing, you can gather your materials. You will need a putty knife or a utility knife to scrape off old sealant, sandpaper or another abrasive material to sand off all the excess and create a smooth surface, and paper towels to wipe up the debris. If you are using a caulk-style sealant, you will also need a caulking gun. It will be in your best interest to bring pliers and a couple of wrenches so that you can access vent fans and other fixtures to touch up their sealant correctly.
Prepare the Area
Now that you’re ready, you can get the roof ready for the repair or sealing. If you are replacing old sealant, you will need to completely remove all of the damaged material from the roof. You can use mineral spirits to assist in removing all of the adhesive residue. Sandpaper will also help in removal, and in creating a smooth surface for the new application.
If you are applying sealant to a new roof for the first time, you simply need to clean the area and make sure that it is dry prior to application. Also, wait until the roof has set, in the case of liquid rubber roofing, so that you can ensure that you get a watertight seal when you apply camper rubber roof sealer.
Prevent Water Damage
The main goal of any camper rubber roof sealer is to prevent water damage and leaks in your RV. Of course, the roof is designed to protect the entire vehicle, but the majority of RV owners that report roofing issues are dealing with leaks and water damage. Make sure that you apply the sealer liberally and carefully to all seams, joints, and fixture flanges to protect the roof and all of its attachments from the elements. Sealants are usually less than $20 a tube, and can save you thousands of dollars in expensive repairs and replacements that result from leaky RV roofing materials.
Know Your Roofing Material
Finally, the most helpful thing that you can do for your roof sealing job is to know the roof material that you are working with. This includes knowing which sealants to use and how often they need reapplied. Even though rubber roofs require less maintenance than other materials, they do still require a little attention. Keep this information in mind to get the best results with sealing your camper roof.