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Old 07-25-2021, 04:31 PM   #1
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Roof resurfacing

I had a guy look at the roof of my 2002 Fleetwood Bounder who thought it was about due for a recoating. He told me he took 30 hours to recoat the last one he did. He said this includes prep work, removing everything on top, removing old caulk and replacing with new. I'm wondering if all this is necessary and if this amount of labor is reasonable. At $125/hr I think I can do the math.
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If he actually did all that, 30 hours is reasonable. Whether $125 is the going labor rate in your area, I cannot guess. If he is doing work in his shop, that's perhaps the right ballpark. If he comes to your site and works there, I would expect less in most regions.


What he proposes is a high quality job. Some others may just remove easy stuff, touch up caulk, and then brush/roll the visible parts of the roof membrane. Obviously much less work and presumably less expensive. It's probably ok, but it does leave some spots untouched.
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I had a guy look at the roof of my 2002 Fleetwood Bounder who thought it was about due for a recoating. He told me he took 30 hours to recoat the last one he did. He said this includes prep work, removing everything on top, removing old caulk and replacing with new. I'm wondering if all this is necessary and if this amount of labor is reasonable. At $125/hr I think I can do the math.
how big is your roof. How long how wide. What coating (product) is he using. does he have to Remove A/C's, and skylights and the caulking and then reapply the caulking? Will he use a primer and a product on top of that? So primers need 24 hrs to dry and cure. My rig is 43 ft. I was looking into a Vortex or Linex coating, so i would NEVER have to touch my roof again. The Quotes I got were $15.5K and $16K.
Like I said I don't know what product you are using but if he's only charging you $3750 plus product, I'd jump on that real quick (as long as you are happy with the product.). Mind you, I've seen shops charge 3000 to 5000 to put rhino skin in the bed of a truck. I'm assuming your roof is bigger then a bed of a truck.
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I am in the process of coating the roof of my 2002 American Eagle. I am using Bus Kote. Pressure wash (Home Depot rental) one day, primer the next, 1st coat the next and 2nd the next. Not a hard job at all. I am not pulling the vents or ACs. I will replace the dicor later. It is in good shape now. I just brushed around the tight spots and use rollers on the rest of it. Coming out good. They have great support also if you have questions. I am in it for probably 350.00 in product (maybe less) and so far 2 hours of pressure washing, 2 hours of primer coat and two hours of first coat start to finish. 10 year warranty.

Happy to answer questions if you decide to do it yourself.

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Take the time to research your roof composite and what works best coating it. I suggest you do it yourself and save thousands. Prep work is key to doing it right and you can decide how much prep work is needed. It took me two days, one for prep and one for application.
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YouTube was posts on this. For DIY.
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Thanks. What I'm hearing is that any reasonably able-bodied person could do the basic prep and recoat work. Removing, recaulking, and replacing everything up top might be overkill or just for peace of mind.
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Hmmm, I don't know I think to each their own. Many will tell you to change the caulking on your roof every 2 yrs. I've seen some do it every yr (to me that's overkill) and some every 3. naturally all that depends on if you have covered storage and how long you take it out and leave it exposed to the elements every yr. If he's going to do all the Caulking Old and new, that's like killing 2 birds with one stone, one more thing you don't have to worry about for the next 2 to 3 yrs. Also, most likely he's going to offer you some kind of warranty, I hope. Sooo $3750 for 19 more yrs of peace of mind...
BUT I get it, times are hard. So if you do the caulking at some later date and just want to find some one like the gentleman above who'll do it in 8 hrs (if he applies a 2nd coat) for $125 an hr, that's $1000. BUT all that can change based on the Coating you're going to use.
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