Applying Roof Sealant to Mobile Homes Applying Roof Sealant to Mobile Homes

What You'll Need
Roof sealant
Garden hose

If you have a mobile home, then you may find that you need to install some roof sealant in order to keep your home dry. The type of sealant you use very much depends upon what type of roofing you have. Most mobile homes will need to seal metal roofs, and these can be a bit of a problem to seal, as the thickness needs to be placed in exactly the right spot in order to avoid leakage and poor drying problem. However, if you manage to seal your roof properly using a roof sealant, then you should be able to maintain your roof for many years without risk of leakage.

Step 1 - Prepare the Roof

Before you can begin to add sealant to your roof, you will need to clean it and fix any problems which might already be on the roof. Use a brush or broom to wipe away small objects like twigs and dirt which has fallen onto your roof, and then inspect it for holes or cracks which might prevent the roof sealant from adhering properly. You should avoid walking on the roof while the adhesive is being applied, as this could cause more damage to the roof. Instead, use a ladder if you cannot reach the hole roof from the ground.

Step 2 - Fixing the Roof

Before you can proceed to the sealant, you will need to fix holes in the roof. The best way to do this is to use a waterproof external caulk, which can be bought from local home improvement and hardware stores. You should also try to ensure that the roof is screwed down properly. Tighten any loose screws using your screwdriver, or hammer them down if they are loose nails. Leave the roof to dry completely before you add the Sealant.

Step 3 - Add the Sealant

Now you can proceed to using the sealant on the roof. You will need to use a primer to prepare the roof, and then leave that to dry. Once you have completely prepared the roof, apply the sealant using a paintbrush. The sealant should not be applied too thickly, as this can prevent it from drying, and may cause it to leak down the roof, and either into the home or onto windows and door frames. Go carefully over any screw holes, nail heads, or other parts where the metal might be at its weakest.

Step 4 - Finishing

Once you have added the first layer of sealant, leave this to dry thoroughly before applying a second layer. Make sure that there are no leaves or dirt on the roof before the second layer is applied. You may prefer to use a paint roller rather than a brush, as you need to avoid treading on the roof. Leave your sealant to dry completely, and then hose down the roof with the garden hose. Check for signs of leaks in the rooms beneath, and if there are none, you can then add any paintwork you desire.


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