Recreational vehicles have several roofing alternatives outside of rubber roofing. Most available roofing options will be determined by the conditions under which they will be used. Some options are sensitive to direct sunlight and other natural elements they will be exposed to. It will also make a difference if the roof will be parked under trees that drop sap or are the home of many birds. Tree and bird droppings can be damaging to some types of roofing. Regardless of which roofing type is chosen, it is important to clean the roof regularly.
Vinyl is an option for RV rubber roof alternatives. When applying a vinyl roof, it will be important to ensure that the application is blister and bubble free. Any blisters or bubble that are in the coat will eventually lead to the exposure of the bare roof and cause leaks. Vinyl roofing should be protected from the sun so as to protect if from additional blistering and bubbling. Vinyl roofing is the least effective form of roofing due to its finicky and fragile nature. If you are purchasing an RV with a vinyl roof, you will want to inspect the roof very thoroughly before agreeing to accept the deal.
Metal is another roofing option for RVs. Metal offers a solid alternative to rubber-coated roofs. Metal roofs are typically made from aluminum and will need to be treated before painting. When installing a metal roof to an RV, it will be important to ensure that it is thick enough to protect against buckling. A metal roof should be coated with an automotive wash and wax. This will allow the owner to remove droppings and leaves with the most ease. Metal roofs should be cleaned every now and then to keep any buildup from running off the top and staining the sides of the RV. This option of roof, while the most expensive, is by far the most durable.
Fiberglass is sometimes used as a roofing material for RVs. Fiberglass can sometimes be very brittle, and long exposure to sunlight can be harmful. It is possible to repair any damage with fiberglass putty compounds. Most fiberglass roofs can be finished with automotive wax to allow for easier cleaning. The roof should be re-waxed at least twice a year. If proper care is taken with fiberglass and it is protected from direct sunlight, it can be an effective roofing alternative.