BEFORE YOU APPLY YOUR COATING, FOLLOW THESE PREPARATIONS
Applying an RV roof coating is a very simple process. You can do it with a standard paint roller and no special equipment or training. However, despite the ease of application, you do need to take care of some important preparations to make sure the coating performs properly. Let’s examine the preparations you should make before installing an RV roof coating.
Take Proper Safety Precautions
As always, the first step in any roofing project is safety. Ensure your ladder is stable. Ensure you have an open air workspace with good ventilation. Ensure you have fall protection in place while on your RV roof. Ensure you have proper methods to dispose of leftover material. There are other safety concerns to keep in mind, contact us if you’d like a more in-depth look at what you should do to stay safe.
Clean the Roof
Once you have safety taken care of, it’s time to clean the roof. Usually a powerwasher is enough, but if your roof is particularly dirty it may require more. In these cases, you can use a stiff-bristled broom or detergent to remove stubborn dirt and grease. The bottom line is your roof needs to be extremely clean. This is required because the RV roof coating needs to adhere to the RV roof, not the dirt on top of it.
Make Any Repairs
This step will sometimes come before cleaning, sometimes after, and sometimes both. It depends on whether or not you can identify problems while the roof is clean. Sometimes an issue is masked by dirt and you can only discover it once you have cleaned the roof. These repairs include replacing flashings, filling in major holes, removing any loose or peeling material, and more. Basically the goal here is to make sure the roof remains insulated, and provides a smooth, flat, secure surface for the coating.
Let the Roof Dry
The final step, and a very important step, is to let the roof dry. Roof coatings do not adhere to wet surfaces, so you will waste a lot of time if you apply the RV roof coating before the roof is ready. Let the roof sit for 24 hours, or use a leaf blower to speed up the process. You can also make sure you park the RV in the sun for faster drying. Once the roof is dry, you’re ready to apply!
RV roof coatings are a great tool for extending the life and improving the performance of your RV roof. They are extremely affordable, easy to apply, and last for a very long time. If you follow the proper preparations, you’ll get the best performance out of your roof coating. Contact us today to learn more about the steps you should take.