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Old 01-23-2016, 06:56 PM   #1
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Roof Sealing Opinions

Hello all,
I wanted to get opinions in regards to sealing roof maintenance.
Does it make sense for me to do the sealing of my roof versus paying for a so called professional performing this maintenance?
It seems like as I get ready and attempt this for my first time I have already purchased some supplies and tools. The price for the pro is 350 to 375 and warranties for 2 years for leaks.
I have already bought a power caulker and the dicor and proclear sealants and have a phobia about heights but is not so bad. I try to do most of these type of work. I'm not retired and still work so if I did it myself I would do sections.
What do you guys do? I know that this question must have been asked many of times and apologize for the redundancy.
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I'm 69 and still check my roofs for sealing problems, but I used to inspect bridge construction with no safety belts or safety nets.
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I always do all my roof work, Just take it slow and easy, keep a hand for your self on the ladder.
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Old 01-23-2016, 11:26 PM   #4
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I'm with the others, I still do all my own work at 76, but I have neuropathy in my feet and lower legs which affects balance, so I crawl around the edges.:-)) I did the same while I was working, but that would depend on how much spare time was available. Years ago I replaced the rubber roof on our TC with aluminum and I'm contemplating replacing the rubber roof on our "new to us" MH. You will probably do a better job than the "pro".

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I stay off the roof. Never have been a fan of heights or had good balance. With age the balance has gone downhill the more. I know the roof is not a place I should be.

I take the coach to a trusted local RV shop to do annual roof inspection (in my birthday month so I remember when last done). Usually nothing is needed, sometimes a bit of resealing here or there, and every several years they recommend to remove all and reseal. No falls, no leaks, and peace of mind. (-:
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Old 01-24-2016, 05:32 AM   #6
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I,m 82 and still get on roof to do maintenance and wash. Not something I look forward too, but I don't like paying someone to do what I can do.

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Getting on the roof at 76......82, that's inspiring. I have to make some effort just to get in the pickup bed at 69. Guess I'd better eat me some Wheaties.
I admire you guys but be careful.....my 31 year old son is in a cast from falling off a ladder.
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I'm glad some of you are able to get up on your roof however to the OP....only do this if your comfortable no matter what your age. SAFETY FIRST!!!!!
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Hello all,
I wanted to get opinions in regards to sealing roof maintenance.
Does it make sense for me to do the sealing of my roof versus paying for a so called professional performing this maintenance?
It seems like as I get ready and attempt this for my first time I have already purchased some supplies and tools. The price for the pro is 350 to 375 and warranties for 2 years for leaks.
I have already bought a power caulker and the dicor and proclear sealants and have a phobia about heights but is not so bad. I try to do most of these type of work. I'm not retired and still work so if I did it myself I would do sections.
What do you guys do? I know that this question must have been asked many of times and apologize for the redundancy.
WillsDP
I have not sealed my own coach roof... but I have inspected my now 20 year old Filon fiberglass roof once every year.
I re-caulk with Dicor self leaving caulk, and apply Eternabond tape, whenever necessary.

However in 2012 friends of mine did my entire roof for me.
They removed the caulking from both the front and rear cap to roof joints, and from around all of the roof penetrations, (vents. skylight, plumbing vents etc.), and applied 4" wide Eternabond tape followed by 2 coats of white elastomeric roof coating.

Here's Karen's blog post of when she and her husband Steve did my roof:
RVing: The USA is our BIG Backyard: Coating Mel and Paula's RV Roof with Elastomeric Paint

Here is link to a blog post describing the coating of their roof in 2009: RVing: The USA is our BIG Backyard: Coating our Fiberglass Roof on the Motorhome

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I hope "sealing the roof" in your question means caulking seams. The roof membrane itself should still be fine.

Unless your problem with heights is severe, I see no reason not to DIY. It is neither difficult nor time-consuming once you get on the roof, and you may learn of other impending problems as well. Inspecting yourself is better than relying on the so-called pros, many of whom aren't all that skilled and often mostly interested in making a fast buck on your roof job. Chances are a roof caulk job gets assigned to the least talented guy at the RV dealer.

I'm 71 and still do mine. Wash it annually as well.
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Hello all,
I wanted to get opinions in regards to sealing roof maintenance.
Does it make sense for me to do the sealing of my roof versus paying for a so called professional performing this maintenance?
It seems like as I get ready and attempt this for my first time I have already purchased some supplies and tools. The price for the pro is 350 to 375 and warranties for 2 years for leaks.
I have already bought a power caulker and the dicor and proclear sealants and have a phobia about heights but is not so bad. I try to do most of these type of work. I'm not retired and still work so if I did it myself I would do sections.
What do you guys do? I know that this question must have been asked many of times and apologize for the redundancy.
WillsDP,
First off, you don't say what kind of roof you have. The letters "GB" in your signature might mean Georgie Boy but, I'm not sure. If so, does it have rubber roof or a fiberglass one? If it's a rubber one, then SEALING or RE-SEALING it, could or might mean to put a coating on the entire roof. That of course is if it needs it or not, due to it possibly being in some form of deterioration or not. More details on your roof type and it's present condition are needed here.

If it's a fiberglass roof, normally there is no "sealing or resealing" of a fiberglass roof. They can be washed and waxed, if one has the desire.

But, if you're speaking of the seams, edges, joints, vents, and things like that, then yes, those have tendency to deteriorate to the point that it becomes necessary to clean them up and re-seal them. I have done just that, on a couple of our motor homes. I've heated up the old caulking, with a professional heat gun, and scraped it completely off and, prepped the area for brand new caulking/sealant, many, many times. 99.999% of the time, Dicor lap sealant has always worked flawlessly for me.

Getting up on an RV roof can intimidate lots of folks, no doubt about that. I can surely see all your points. Hanging around on the top of 105' aerial ladders on Fire trucks for my whole life I guess has sort of "cured" me in the height thing. So, 10' or 12' off the ground, is not too bad for me.

If you're not really sure of yourself in that kind of situation, it might be worth it to pay for the sealing/re-sealing of the item mentioned, To put yourself into a predicament that could cause an accident or, at least a scare that could last for a while, just to save a few bucks, is really not a good thing. But, if you're OK with it and, can handle it, the really good part of doing this is, you know the job is done and, DONE RIGHT! Good luck.
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I also have an issue with getting on the roof, but I can use a ladder with no problems (as long as I don't have to step off or on at the top!).

I have resealed the outside seams and even around the skylight from the ladder by carefully reaching in. I use a ladder that has a wide base addition and I do not over-reach side to side ( I put a pair of old wool socks over the top end of the ladder so I don't leave marks). Takes some time and have to move the ladder several times, but I don't like paying for someone to do such a "simple" job. About the only areas I can't reach is the satellite dome and the AC units.

I also wash and clean the roof the same way each spring with a long handled brush that can be switched between soap and rinse.

The only time I have used a professional RV shop is to replace the gaskets under the AC units on my previous MH. Unfortunately they did not tighten them down enough and I ended up with a leak. Got my BIL to go up and tighten them down another turn or two.

Oh yeah, on my first MH I had my wife get up and clear the drain holes on the AC units . but I don't think she would do it now.

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I also have an issue with getting on the roof, but I can use a ladder with no problems (as long as I don't have to step off or on at the top!).

I have resealed the outside seams and even around the skylight from the ladder by carefully reaching in. I use a ladder that has a wide base addition and I do not over-reach side to side ( I put a pair of old wool socks over the top end of the ladder so I don't leave marks). Takes some time and have to move the ladder several times, but I don't like paying for someone to do such a "simple" job. About the only areas I can't reach is the satellite dome and the AC units.

I also wash and clean the roof the same way each spring with a long handled brush that can be switched between soap and rinse.

The only time I have used a professional RV shop is to replace the gaskets under the AC units on my previous MH. Unfortunately they did not tighten them down enough and I ended up with a leak. Got my BIL to go up and tighten them down another turn or two.

Oh yeah, on my first MH I had my wife get up and clear the drain holes on the AC units . but I don't think she would do it now.

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Air conditioner bolts should be installed so the thumbscrew is inside the coach, if yours are atop the roof they were installed backwards somehow. These 4 bolts thread into the air conditioner base-plate. They should be torqued to 14 in/lbs.
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Hello all,
I wanted to get opinions in regards to sealing roof maintenance.
Does it make sense for me to do the sealing of my roof versus paying for a so called professional performing this maintenance?
It seems like as I get ready and attempt this for my first time I have already purchased some supplies and tools. The price for the pro is 350 to 375 and warranties for 2 years for leaks.
I have already bought a power caulker and the dicor and proclear sealants and have a phobia about heights but is not so bad. I try to do most of these type of work. I'm not retired and still work so if I did it myself I would do sections.
What do you guys do? I know that this question must have been asked many of times and apologize for the redundancy.

Will, I think this is a question that only you can answer. It depends on what's gotta be done and your physical condition. If it's just a matter of resealing all the openings, and you're able to crawl around up there with kneepads, then it should not be a problem.

I'm 76 and certainly not as agile as I once was, but I recently resealed every opening on my roof. I used EternaBond 4" tape to reseal all the larger openings such as skylights, vents, etc., and Dicor 502LSW self-leveling sealant on the smaller openings such as vent pipes, TV antenna, etc. I also put a bead of the Dicor around all the edges of the EternaBond tape. I didn't do it all at once, and I bought a good pair of kneepads before I started, but I figure I did the job just as well as anyone I could have hired! I also stood a 6' stepladder up beside the RV ladder to make it easier to go up and down.

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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