Last week we talked a bit about rubber roofs and how to properly go about caring for and maintaining those. While Rubber is by far the most common roofing material for RVs, RV Roof repair is an expansive topic. In this week’s post, we’re going to talk about Fiberglass and Aluminum roof maintenance. Let’s get started!
It goes without much saying that the roof is one of the most important parts of enjoying your RV, and can significantly hamper your camping experience if problems with it go unchecked. In this post, we’re going to go over some of the different types of roofs you can find on an RV and what differentiates them. We’ll go over some maintenance steps you should perform and how to perform some basic RV roof repair. As a quick forewarning, you should always consult your RV owner’s manual if you still have it before performing any work or maintenance on your RV. Maintenance for a Fiberglass or Aluminum roof is generally a lot easier and shouldn’t take nearly as long. After all, this is a big part of the reason why they’re so expensive and sought after by RV enthusiasts. You can clean both roof types are usually using the same procedure.
Always make sure you use the right type of cleaner, or else you risk causing permanent damage to your roof. Your RV’s operation manual should have instructions and recommendations for the types of cleaners you should use. Just like you would with a rubber roof, you should inspect the roof from time to time and make sure you take care of any openings or cracks that break up the roof. Some sealants you can use for these roof types are C-10 for aluminum, Silaprene for a fiberglass roof or Dyco 20/20 for either type. For cracks and abrasions, you can use EternaBond (which can be found here) for any non-silicone surface. Just make sure that the area thoroughly cleaned and dried beforehand.
If you’re trying to prevent oxidation on your fiberglass roof, you can use cleaner/wax or restorer/wax. Apply the waxes using a circular motion and then wait a while for it to dry. Afterwards, you can go ahead and buff it out and your roof should then be looking good as new!
While we talked about it last week, we can’t stress it enough, safety should always come first! Always tread lightly and make sure the roof is dry to help avoid slips and falls, which can leave you seriously injured. If you feel uncomfortable working on your roof or think that it might buckle under your weight, let a professional take care of it! At Jimbo’s Mobile RV Repair, we’re happy to perform any work and any type of roof!