RV Camping Accessories: How to Set Up Rolled Aluminum Roofing

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  • 1-4 hours
  • Beginner
  • 25-100
What You'll Need
Aluminum roofing tape
Rubber roller
Tin snips

In the world of RV camping accessories, rolled aluminum roofing is a handy material that can be applied to the roof in the event of a leak or tear. This type of RV camping accessory is less expensive than a major roof repair and does the same thing. This type of aluminum roofing is much like duct tape in that it is strong, durable, and weather-resistant. If you find yourself in the need to set up rolled aluminum roofing on your next RV trip because of a minor accident, follow the simple steps below.

Step 1 - Clean Surface of RV Roof

Before you can roll out the aluminum roofing, you will need to make sure that a strong bond is formed between the aluminum and the roof. If there is any type of dirt, grease, or other debris on the roof, it will interfere with the way that the adhesive sticks to the roof. It will also cause bumps and tears in the thin aluminum tape. Use a hose to fill a bucket with clean water, and sponge down the roof. Add some regular dish soap to the water and make some suds. Clean the area again with the sponge. Empty the bucket and refill with clean water. Rinse the soapy water away.

Step 2 - Bend Any Pointed Edges

Often when there is a tear in the roof of the RV, it is from an overhanging tree branch, something hanging from a low bridge or something else that can catch the top of the vehicle. This leaves a ragged tear with several pointed edges. Bend these edges back into place, or as flat as you can. It would be good to bend the pointed tips downwards so they can not rip the rolled aluminum roofing. Tin snips are useful in cutting off any edges thus dulling the points.

Step 3 - Lay Aluminum Roofing Lengthwise

Once the surface of the RV roof is ready to receive the tape, start to apply the aluminum roofing in a lengthwise direction. Start with the roofing not even touching the tear and roll out a piece the entire length. Overlap the next row by ¼-inch. Repeat until the tear is covered.

Step 4 - Apply Roofing Widthwise

Once the lengthwise application is completed, change the direction and go along the width of the tear. These pieces will be shorter than the other, but still gives strength to the aluminum roofing. Start at the bottom of the tear and make the pieces ½-inch longer than the lengthwise pieces.

Step 5 - Roll Roofing for Better Bond

After the rolled aluminum roofing has been set on the top of the RV, you will need to make sure that the bond is tight. Use a small rubber roller and go over the aluminum roofing. This will press the aluminum into the RV roof so the adhesive bonds better.