20 creative Roof Maintenance The Do And Dont With Doug DeVries 2017 Winterfest

so what. I started off with touching on roof maintenance one of the big things that we really need to have people work on and watch.

I know a rubber roof you're there guaranteed for 12 years, but that doesn't guarantee or ceilings for anything else on it it's just the rubber membrane itself. So, we need to get out and check them every. So, often every spring and fall recommend that you get up doing inspection of your sealants on the raw the biggest issue that we always see is the front seam on the trailers that's where we seem to have most of the leak problems that's where most people, if they have a bad feeling pain or anything that's where you'll have an issue.

So, we take in biggest thing that we want to recommend is that you watch and maintain that theme. So, what is up passing is when you're driving down the road you're driving along at 70 mile an hour what's most of us average driving down the road and then you get a head wind or something you get all the air pressure on the front of the trailer and this causes that cap to get pushed in which in turn it can work on that theme and makes it seem open up up there and that's probably the biggest issue that we have. So, that team we recommend you get up very spring and fall and check that you're doing a long trip that you go to Florida or something when you get back.

I'd recommend checking that scene because there's a lot of pressure that goes up on that front seam, if it does open up that's where our water seems the protruding come in that's where we have our biggest issues so, if you do get it leaked up in the front of their got some different feelings that we like to use to repair those leaks the first deal is that we would recommend is a tomato. I car it's a lab sealant basically it's a self-leveling sealant that can go on to the rubber roof material. So, what you do is take the rubber off you want to clean the area good once you can wash it or you can take some mineral spirits or something like that clean and prep the area really good the mineral spirits when you wipe it down with solvent or something like that will soften the sealant a little bit and it'll give it a good adhesion when you put the new sealant on it.

So, that the to bond together the self levelling sealant when you put it on well level itself out so, if there is a gap or a crack in there it will actually lose into that crack and fill that void for you. So, it does a really good job of filling that in it will look nice when you put a bead on there just kind of you can take like a rubber gloves and smooth it out a paintbrush or something like that and just smooth it out nice and it will lay down really nice from there, if you're doing like a major retail like a front seam or something like that again. I'll use like two tubes of sealing up there.

So, like that going around a roof inn or something, if you can do it heavily you'll use a tube, if you just spot ceiling just looking over the roof like in the spring in the fall and you don't have a real major aging or anything like that going on you may just pick up a tube and just, if you find a cracker voice or a little crack on the edge here where the roof meets the rubber here meets the vent here just a little bit of cock right there feels it up takes care of the problem there. So, just a good maintenance to take care of and it keeps that part of the rough you know watch your scenes on your corner moldings in the back corner sometimes else for clues to hear back here. So, you want to watch for some of that stuff just make sure we don't have any problem like i said the front seam right across here that's where we have a lot of trouble it open up and you get a gap right here and that water runs across the front of the trailer and it seems to run right in there ends up wrecking your ceiling panel.

So, there were some of the big areas you want a watch for another sealant that we use it's a non la blowing sealant it's somewhere to the other sealant, but this here is was it being non leveling, if we were to put, if you've got like a fissile or something you come around the radius of the rough the leveling sealant we'll just kind of lose down ends up in your awning track or something kind of makes a mess they do make the non self levelling that you can put on those surfaces and it works really well and it stays in place for you. So, you can pick up either one of those there's also the newer roof that we use their super flex Ross this here will work out either one of the three roofs, but that's something. I can't wear old self.

So, you can step by their store they've got it we tell it in our store too. So, pretty much the same stuff you can get it in white gray pants oh there's many different colors available depending on the roof on your trailer. So, it isn't just the white feel install look at what color you've got to be put that on it matches and it looks good like that.

So, yeah. So, pick up some of that corner molding will use a silicone cock. I know.

So, when you get the corner of the trailer itself, if you need to do is to ceiling and maintenance on that we use a pure silicon on it that's one of the most popular students as manufacturers are using right now nice part about silicon is is when it goes bad or you get a sexually need to remove you take like an island scraper and you can scrape them off real nicely it cleans up real easy some of the older sealants and we still use some of that like a superfox or like this here the geocell has a great bond gets really hard. I know there's some other feelings auto manufacturers that really bonds and gets hard at people using mobile you know mobile applications or these are the house and stuff the big trick is is trying to get that step off you could spend a ton of time when it gets time to clean it off and reapply it trying to get some of the harder sealants off. So, they're available they work well, but it's just a little harder where the silicone comes off pretty nice and easy the other thing.

I found that when you do the silicone you can take, if you're not very good at talking, if you grab some masking tape or black electrical tape something like that Kate both sides of it and smooth fit into your in with your finger it gives you a nice edge pull the tape off and it looks nice and finish instead of the big blobs or some people put a ton of you know it's easy to put access feeling on it. So, it always ends up passing and you get too much cost there and you're trying to wipe it off you're trying to get it off as you go down and starts building up on you just becomes a mess or, if you can wipe it across the tapes have a piece of paper towel or a rag or something to wipe it into you can clean it up really nice and looks really good that way. So, that will give you a much nicer finish in your cock you know of course you can get the silicones will come in white tans you know there's many different colors clear.

So, different colors to clear cocking of course that hide the locks you don't really see it, but just whatever you need to use on it works well this year will not work on the rubber rough at all want it dry you better take your hand rub it across the rubber rough in a wife right off. So, it has no so, if you have a leak or something happens that's not going to fix your problem on the road you need to get a sealant for a rubber rough. So, make sure you do use that key another thing that we got to take care of the maintenance is a little bit more on the outside of the unit going around the perimeter of it the corner molding like the mold is a cost here and stuff they'll be sealed up with a silicone that it needs to be redone.

So, you want to keep an eye on them slide rooms and stuff when they get compressed shot there's a lot of stress that can go on to them because we're compressing it feel in there with time it can't force some of those sealants to open up. So, you want to take and make sure you put some cock on that perimeters around here the bottom one here is quite popular for things like the bottom one gets a little bit more pressure on it and it can work itself open. So, just kind of keep an eye on those different areas make sure that you get cock on them to keep them sealed up good.

So, you don't have any issues there on the tops of these on the new units we're using a tape causing eternal bond takes is its way in right across the top flange of your side room here it's where the transition from the rubber to hear meet it's basically simple little tape like this here it's got a little clear packing on it you pull that off you can run it red cross there and stick it onto there and that feels it up that's what manufacturers are using what time we've had them come loose it is harder to get it off it takes some time to get that stuff off, but, if you the other thing that we've done is, if it comes loose with just a little bit at the edge here we'll run a bead of silicone right across here that keeps it down and keeps the water from having a chance to get in there. So, limit of things will kind of watch for with time you, if it starts loosening up at all run that be the silicone down there and seal that up now another thing will do, if people have trouble damaging the rubber roof and transit they'll hit something hit a branch or something like that and it tearing their rough guy car makes a nice little patch kit that you can use for repairing that you turn up on tape here it will work for a quick patch too, but. I found that these patches actually they have a better adhesion and the next part is it gives you tube of caulk with it.

So, you can use that to of a cock once you put your patch on it you peel the back off clean the surface go to some mineral spirits or some soap water just something to get it good and clean. So, you can get a good adhesion stick it down and then there's this yellow part comes off and then it's just a nice white patch after that you can cut open the tube of caulk and you can cock or on the premiere and it feels it down really good and. So, that can be a quick patch to take care of the RV for a while until you're able to get it in and it gives different rough on it, if you tear a rough bad enough you can't turn into insurance and get a new roof on it.

So, something we quite often do we probably do 20 30 of them a year seems like. So, that's happened quite often, but it. So, it's nice to know though, if you're on a trip or going to make a trip you find that all sudden there's a couple ways to pass it to do a temporary seal to keep going.

So, that you can complete your trip.

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