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Simple DIY Tips for Repairing Rubber Roofs on RVs

If you're looking for some simple DIY  tips on how to repair a rubber roof on your RV, you've come to the right place.

Owning an RV is a great way to explore the outdoors and enjoy the freedom of the open road. However, one problem that all RV owners will eventually have to deal with is fixing or patching a damaged RV rubber roof. If you're looking for some simple DIY  tips on how to repair a rubber roof on your RV, you've come to the right place. 

In this guide, we'll walk you through the basics of repairing an RV rubber roof, such as gathering the right tools and materials, cleaning the area, patching the roof and sealing the repair. With the right knowledge and a bit of effort, you'll be able to repair your rubber roof and get back on the road in no time. 

Things You’ll Need

In order to repair a rubber roof, you'll need the following: An RV rubber roof repair kit, rubber roof patching materials, a ladder,  squeegee, a roller or wide paint brush, a bucket or large container of water for cleaning the area and a broom for scrubbing the rubber. When shopping for RV rubber roof repair kits, it is always a good idea to get a kit that includes the sealant, the patch and the caulking you’ll need to get the job done. 

Cleaning the Area

Before you get started on repairing a rubber roof, you'll want to clean the area thoroughly. Use a gentle cleaner to remove any debris or oils that might be on the roof. Once the area is clean and dry, it’s time to apply a heavy coating of roof sealant to protect the roof from future damage. Using a quality sealer like our Silicone RV Roof Sealant Coating For Trailer & Camper Repair, simply paint the sealant on in thick coats for optimal coverage. No primer is required with this special formula!

Preparing the Area

Before you can patch a rubber roof, you'll want to make sure the area is ready for patching. This means there should be enough space for you to work, with enough room around you to ensure you don't get in the way of your work area. If you don't have enough space for the repair to fit without being in the way, you may want to consider doing a smaller repair. While it is possible to patch a rubber roof in any position, it is generally easier to work on an RV roof when it is angled. 

Patching the Roof

Before patching your rubber roof, there are a few things you'll want to keep in mind. 

  • With any patching job, you should work in the shade whenever possible. This will help prevent any damage to your eyes from the rubber dust and prevent any damage to your skin from rubber particles. 
  • Next, you'll want to make sure you have the right type of patching material for your job. 
  • Once you have the material, the next thing you'll want to make sure of is that the area is clean and dry. 
  • Finally, you’ll need a ladder to help you reach the rubber roof.
  • Patching damaged areas of the roof using seam tape is straightforward and requires that you cut the right amount of tape you need, round the corners with a scissor for better adhesion and firmly press into the area giving the adhesive at least 60-90 seconds to bond. 
  • After patching your roof, you'll want to seal the area with a few heavy coats of sealant. 

Use Quality Sealant

It is very important to use a high quality sealant, one that will last for years to come. When it comes to choosing the right sealant, keep in mind that it must be able to withstand the weather, such as rain and sun, as well as temperature changes. In order to make sure the sealant can withstand these changes, it should be a quality high-temperature sealant such as that offered in our Self-Leveling Caulking LAP Sealant.

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Finishing Up

With these steps in mind, you'll be able to get your rubber roof back in shape and back on the road in no time. If you have any questions about repairing a rubber roof or any other rubber roof issues, make sure to send us a message. We’re happy to help you out with any issues you might encounter!

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