RV Rubber Roof Repair

Do it yourself RV rubber roof repair might save you hundreds of dollars, but replacing a roof that is beyond repair can be a daunting task.

Keep in mind we are not experts and this information is provided as general knowledge - not as a complete how-to guide to replacing your RV roof or repairs. We encourage you to follow the manufactures instructions on any products you use.

Minor RV Roof Repairs

A rubber roof is a very durable and long-lasting top for your recreational vehicle. If you have minor damage to your rubber roof it can probably be repaired using a MicroSealant tape such as Eternabond®.

RV Roof Leak Repair

One product recommended for maintaining or repairing an aging rubber roof is an EPDM rubber called Liquid Roof® . The product is economical and has up to a 5-Year warranty. It goes on simple in one coat without the need for a primer and can be used over wood, metal or existing EPDM material. Liquid Roof® will withstand temperatures over 300 degrees F and is not affected by ultra violet light.

When we bought our used Motor home we soon discovered it had a leak in the roof and when it rained the water tricked down the wall near the stove. We felt fairly certain the water was getting inside the wall and would warp or mildew the interior walls if we didn’t fix it right away. The Liquid Roof® - RV roof coating went on in a little over an hour making it look new again and sealing the leak.

Replacing RV Roofing

Here’s and overview of the basic steps you can expect when replacing your rubber roof.

  1. Remove all trim, roof-top vents, air conditioner, and sewage-pipe caps
  2. Pull off old rubber roof (this can be tougher than it sounds)
  3. Use wood filler to smooth joints and holes in the surface and prepare the roof for the new top. (Fix-It-All wood filler is recommended by some professionals)
  4. Sand the roof to smooth the wood filler and sweep or vacuum clean of any dust
  5. Position the new rubber roof from center to edges
  6. Apply adhesive from center to edge in one direction before starting at center and moving in the opposite direction
  7. Applying adhesive and pulling & smoothing the rubber roof over adhesive using squeegees to remove air bubbles as you work until you reach the end.
  8. Finish one half of the roof before working from center to the opposite end of the roof.
  9. Let it dry overnight or per manufactures instructions before re-installing your roof-top accessories.
  10. Remove old putty and sealers and use new putty tape on accessories when re-installing them.

Now you’re ready to enjoy a leak free roof again. Look for the following products and manufacturers for doing RV rubber roof repair and maintenance.

  • Dicor®
  • Liquid Roof®
  • Eternabond®

While these basic steps may seem simple the actual job will be very labor intensive. If you’re not handy at repairs this might be one fix best left to the experts!