The type of sealant you need for your roof will depend on the type of roof you have. There are four main types of RV roofs: TPO (Thermal Poly Olefin), EDPM (Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer), Fiberglass, and aluminum.
You may need a different roof sealant depending on the type of roof you have. Most RV manufacturers have a specific type of sealant they recommend in your owner’s manual. Here I will tell you what are the most commonly used sealants.
Dicor Self-Leveling Lap Sealant is synonymous with RV roof sealant. It is the product that is most recommended to use on an RV’s roof no matter the material type. It is “Compatible with EPDM, TPO and PVC membranes, it adheres firmly to aluminum, mortar, wood, vinyl, galvanized metal, fiberglass, and concrete.”
You can easily purchase it from Amazon or from your local RV supplier.
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Alpha Systems 1021 Self-Leveling Sealant is commonly recommended for those with “Alpha” Roofs or if your RV manufacturer recommends it. It is compatible with “Fiberglass, Aluminum, Alloy Steel, Concrete”.
- COMPATIBILITY — Great for flat, horizontal surfaces on your RV like your rooftop and around roof structures
- MADE TO PERFORM — Helps prevent water and air from leaking into your RV's interior
- RELIABLY DESIGNED — Once completely cured, this sealant is formulated to withstand rigors and vibrations of RV travel
Quick Tips for Being on your RV Roof
Bring your tools up in a bucket
Instead of trying to carry your tools up the ladder, place your tools in a 5 gallon bucket and attach a rope to the bucket. When you climb up the ladder bring the other end of your rope with you. Then hoist your bucket of tools onto the roof.
Wear Solid Footwear
Use sneakers or shoes with good grip that are comfortable and not likely to slip off. Flip flops are a bad idea. Barefoot may not be too bad as long as it’s not too hot out and your roof won’t be heating up soon.
Wearing quality footwear with a good grip will reduce the likely hood of you slipping and falling while standing on your RV roof.
Use a Good Ladder
Sometimes our RV ladders are not in the best shape due to wear and damage. Using a ladder you feel secure getting on an off your roof with is important to help reduce the risk of a fall.
We use a telescoping ladder that easily fits into one of our storage compartments.
- One Button Retraction: Convenience is key! That’s why we’ve designed this telescoping ladder with easy one button retraction. Simply...
- America National Standards Type I Ladder: Ohuhu extension ladder has passed the test of ANSI-ASC 14.2-2017 American National Standard for...
- More Than 60% Overlapping: This collapsible ladder is crafted from high-quality aluminum alloy and with more than 60% overlapping on each...
Note: If your RV did not come equipped with a ladder check your owners manual that your roof is rated to hold human weight.