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Old 12-01-2010, 12:39 PM   #1
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Roof, Rubber or Fiberglass

What's best for an RV roof, rubber or fiberglass? Why?
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Old 12-02-2010, 02:19 AM   #2
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One piece fiberglass. Durability.
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Old 12-02-2010, 08:02 AM   #3
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Agree with RV Wizard on the fiberglass.
Spending several winters in south Florida, I have seen several units having new rubber roofs put on at the campsite by mobile repair companies.

When I had one, I punchec a hole in it driving under a low hanging limb at a campground. Never had a problem with fiberglass.
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Fibreglas all the way! Durability and easier to maintain.
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I believe we all agree the one piece Fiberglass being far better an RV roof solution than the rubber. However the rubber does last for years if taken care of. I had it on a 60ft houseboat for over ten years, simply keep it clean and add "303" when needed.
The best roof solution I have experience with was a metal roof on my old rig FAR better than the one piece foberglass I have now.
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Old 12-02-2010, 09:52 AM   #6
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Fiberglass also. My Tradewinds has the "in between" roof called Bright Tech. It's hard like fiberglass but you don't wax it. I just use a cleaner and protectant.
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Are there any benefits to rubber other then initial lower cost?
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Old 12-02-2010, 10:16 AM   #8
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Hi Wanabee FTer,
Low cost is the only benefit to a rubber roof, that I know of.
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Hi All,
Vegasdan posts a good point. My coach has a Brite-Tech roof. I clean with 303 twice per year. The roof has been in all kinds of hot and cold weather. Several hail storms (enough to ruin the slide toppers) and one tornado have also pelted the roof with a variety of hard objects. The roof remains like brand new.

I would take a Brite-Tech or fiberglass roof. If the coach came with Brite-Tech standard, I would not pay to upgrade to Fiberglass.

As to the OP's question of why,,,,,

long lasting
low maintenance
durability

are my choices for Brite-Tech or fiberglass.
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One benefit is the reduced noise on the roof when it rains. I had a "rubber" roof on my MH for over ten years and it had many years left on it, and I walked on it many times a year.
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Fiberglass with Liquid Roof on top
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I have an aluminum roof on this old rig. Real pleased with it.
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I have had both and I prefer the one piece molded fiberglass roof. However, the Brite-Tek roof is great and will hold up for years. If I was looking to buy a used rig I would take either one, as long as it was in good condition.

(As far as "rubber" roofs go, I don't think "rubber" has been used for years.)
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Neither. I will replace mine (TPO) with a single piece of rolled aluminum when the time comes. The price is almost identical. This has been verified with 2 different reputable repair places.
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