PROTECTING YOUR INVESTMENT WITH RV ROOF COATINGS
According to a 2011 survey, RV ownership in the US reached an all-time high in 2011 and has continued to grow but with no more survey results to establish a new high. With so many people owning RV’s, and with even RV’s purchased in 2011 now reaching 7 years of age, how can we protect these recreational vehicles? Type A motorhomes can cost as much as $500,000, so how can you protect your investment if you own an RV? The answer is simple! Use an RV roof coating to extend the life of the roof and prevent leaks. A coating essentially gives you an RV rubber roof, rather than the hard, plastic-feeling roofs present on most RVs.
Benefits of RV Roof Coatings
As stated briefly in the previous paragraph, RV roof coatings can benefit your RV in a number of ways. First, they extend the life of your RV roof for longer than an unprotected roof. UV rays, high wind speeds on the roads, twigs, dirt, leaves, and other debris can all degrade your RV roof. A roof coating, such as a silicone roof coating, can protect your roof from all these dangers. Protecting your roof extends its life, allowing you to enjoy your RV for longer. When you protect your roof, you also receive a secondary benefits of preventing leaks. The interior of your RV is protected and your trips aren’t delayed, cancelled, or ruined once they start. An RV rubber roof created with a coating will save you money in the long-term.
Uses of RV Roof Coatings
- Protecting your RV roof from the outset. The first use case for an RV roof coating is to protect your investment from the very beginning. Just like putting a screen protector on your phone, putting a roof coating on your RV will protect the roof. Then, if anything ever happens to the roof coating, you simply apply another layer rather than having to take the RV to the dealership.
- Fixing leaks. Another common use is installing an RV roof coating once you discover leaks in your RV roof. Obviously you cannot let the leaks linger and ruin the interior, so you have to fix them in some way. An RV roof coating can simultaneously fix all your leaks while also protecting your roof against new leaks.
Lifespan of RV Roof Coatings
Most roof coatings last between 10-30 years. With our silicone, we warranty the material up to 50 years. That means if you apply an RV roof coating to your vehicle, you can expect it to last for 50 years. Will you even be using your RV in 50 years? Probably not. So while this may sound like overkill, it means you don’t have to worry about the protection over your roof – ever.
Applying RV Roof Coatings
So how can and should you apply roof coatings to your RV? The first option is to call a painter. If you don’t feel comfortable working on the roof of your RV, contact a painter or roofer to install the roof coating on your RV. If you do it yourself, you can roll the material on with a standard paint roller, or use a spray machine to apply it. Since most of our RV-driving customers don’t have a spray rig, you’ll probably roll it on. Interested? Our coatings are available in our online shop or on Amazon.
Preparation for RV Roof Coatings
Have we convinced you of your need for an RV roof coating? Time to get your RV ready. If you choose to use our silicone roof coatings, preparation is extremely easy: clean the roof. You can use a powerwasher, or a hose with some (non-bleach) detergent to clean the roof. Once it’s clean, let the roof dry and you’re ready. That’s right, just one step and you’re ready for a silicone RV roof coating.
Types of RV Roof Coatings
There are two primary types of RV roof coatings: silicone (which is what we manufacture and recommend), and acrylic (which has been around for longer and is being largely replaced by silicone). An acrylic roof coating will more than likely require a primer, while silicone does not. An acrylic coating will also require two coats, while silicone does not. A silicone coating can stand alone around penetrations such as satellite dishes and AC units, while acrylic coatings usually need reinforcement. Silicone RV roof coatings typically have a higher per gallon price, but they more than make up for that difference in the ease of use, smaller amount of material used, and life-cycle performance.
If you’re interested in an RV roof coating, we will recommend checking out a silicone roof coating. The benefits are immense, the process is easy, and the improvements to your vehicle are outstanding. Check out our shop or Amazon to purchase your RV roof coatings now, or check out the rest of our website to learn more.