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Old 11-03-2011, 08:18 PM   #1
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Rubber Roof Repair

Hey all I bought a trailer from my Dad a few years ago and it had some water damage from a hole in the roof. Trailer has a rubber roof and I cut the rubber back to repair/replace the water damage under the roof. I put the rubber back down with an adhesive and then caulked the areas where I cut the rubber.

Thought it would work, but alas, the adhesive gave out over the summer, and the caulking is not keeping the water out. I talked with the local dealers and they said replacement of the entire rubber is the only real way to keep the water. Problem with that is just the rubber (not including labor) is more than what the trailer is worth. Any ideas on a material I could use to slop over the area I repaired that will stick to rubber and keep the water out? All the roofing materials I have seen cover everything but rubber.

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Did you use a water-based adhesive? Petroleum-based products and EPDM material are not compatible. If you still want to repair your roof, this website is very detailed information.

If you decide to replace the membrane yourself, this website is a great guide. You can purchase EPDM membrane from any building supply store, and it is much cheaper than from an RV place.
Good luck with your project,and please stay with us. As you see from my stats, I've been here since 2001, and I still learn something every day.
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I would use automotive windshield urethane. If it sticks to glass, it will bond and seal anything on your roof.
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Old 11-04-2011, 09:17 PM   #4
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Search for liquid roof online. Use Eternabond tape to Sela where you have caulk now and then cover it with liquid roof.
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Btw use contact cement to glue the rubber down.
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I had a similar problem. I cut the rubber roof in two directions, cut a piece of 1/4" exterior plywood a little larger than the hole (after removing the rotted wood), screwed the plywood securely to the solid wood, glued the rubber roof back down to the plywood using a glue that would not hurt the rubber, then covered the whole area with EternaBond 4" wide tape. So far it looks like the problem is solved. Good luck!
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