Avoid RV roof “sunburns”

Avoid RV roof “sunburns”

By Dicor Products

Spring is here in all its blooming glory and if you’re one of those RVers getting your unit ready for the road, now would be a good time to inspect your roof, give it a good cleaning, and consider how you can best protect it for your upcoming travels.

Bright spring days are a pleasure, especially if you’ve been through a gray winter. But the sunny days are a reminder that things can start getting hot before too long, and that includes your RV roof.

Because it’s out of sight, many RVers don’t think much about their roofs. But your RV roof is your shield. It protects you and your RV’s contents and structure. As a traveling roof, it can be exposed to extreme variations of climate, from snow and ice to broiling sun and soaking rain, from arid deserts to humid swamps — more extremes than most houses would ever see.

If you do spend a lot of time in the sun, the steady beat of UV rays on your roof is one thing to look out for. This steady exposure can cause oxidation to occur, and the chalk-like powder that’s the result of this oxidation is the equivalent of a sunburn that turns your skin brown to protect it from the sun’s rays.

If you feel the need to add extra UV protection, you need a protectant with a UV inhibitor like Dicor’s Roof-Gard. A coating like this is also a great dirt inhibitor, as its chemical formulation makes it harder for dirt and other stuff to stick to your roof. Prior to application, we recommend thoroughly cleaning your roof.* Then, with your RV out of direct sunlight, simply spray on Roof-Gard and use a soft cloth or sponge mop to evenly spread it around. Bingo, you’re done!

To maintain maximum results, we suggest reapplying Roof-Gard every three to five weeks, or after your next cleaning. If you have a regular cleaning schedule, apply it each time you clean the roof. With such attention you can keep your roof looking good for many years as well as doing a top-notch job in protecting everything that’s underneath it.

*Note: As with any rubber roof cleaning, be sure and avoid cleaners with petroleum distillates and citric-based chemicals. These substances can damage your roof and void your roof warranty.

Editor’s note: Dicor Roof-Gard is available at Amazon.com.

photo: CJ Sorg on flickr.com

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