- How do take care of my rubber roof?
- Is winterization really necessary?
Regular maintenance for your RV is absolutely essential if you plan to own it into the forseeable future, and maintenance on your rubber roof is the most important component of overall maintenance. Your rubber roof functions to keep water out of the rest of your camper, as water is the kiss of death for any RV. Your roof needs to be swept off at least twice per year, and it needs to be washed and conditioned once to twice per year. Also, perhaps most critically, it MUST have the sealant that lines the seams and fixtures scraped up and resealed a minimum of once every two years. Frequency of this resealing is heavily influenced by environmental factors. If your camper is covered year-round, then your dicor (sealant) will last much longer than if it is exposed to the weather regularly. Over time, the sealant that comes on your roof cracks and dry rots due to exposure to the sun and other elements. If this old sealant is not replaced, water will begin pouring directly into your camper, which will lead to mold and compromised structure.
The biggest roof repair that can be carried out (excluding a full rubber replacement) is a roof recoat. Over time, your rubber roof will eventually crack and dry rot due to weather the same as your sealant will rot, but it will take much longer longer for this to happen. Once it does occur, we can come in and bring your rubber back to life by applying an epoxy coating over the entirety of your rubber. This is an excellent alternative to a full rubber replacement and costs half as much.
We do provide roof washes and reseals. If you are particularly interested in keeping abreast of your maintenance, contact us and enquire about our maintenance plans.
In order to know if you need to winterize, you need to determine how much you plan to use the camper in the cold weather. If you plan to use it consistently and there will be water running through the pipes regularly, then winterization may not be necessary. If you know you will not be using the camper regularly, we strongly recommend winterizing your coach. PLEASE NOTE: Most warranty/extended warranty companies do not cover damage due to pipes bursting because they feel that is not a defect in their product but a maintenance concern that was not addressed by the customer.
We do provide winterization and de-winterization. Please contact us if you need this done.