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Old 07-17-2014, 10:22 AM   #1
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Is roof cleaning really required? so much missinformation going around

first off i want to apologize for starting this on a new thread.. figure be easier to get responses this way. I am getting on my roof for the first time ever this weekend on my camper at my seasonal site.. i want to sweep off all the pine needles and just a quick looksee on my tracer 2670. I have read sooooo many different epinions on roof washing. Some people say that epdm roofs do not require any type of washing and that frequent washing may in fact shorten the lifespan.. I have spoken to dicor and they advised that if i dont clean it then that will shorten that lifespan and that i am required to scrub it off 3-4 times per year... I just dont know what to do.... the girl from Dicor did advise to just get up there with Ultra dawn soap and a medium bristle brush and clean assuming that i should listen to the girl from dicor over the internet community? im confused..thanks

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Old 07-17-2014, 10:38 AM   #2
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Good question,
I believe it largely depends where you are.
We for instance are in a very dry climate with hot summers and cold winters and I am more concerned about the seals than cleaning the roof. A rubber roof might also require more care than a fiberglass roof, but under no circumstances should a roof be ignored.

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Old 07-17-2014, 10:49 AM   #3
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Old 07-17-2014, 10:50 AM   #4
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Minimum twice a year. Period.
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Old 07-17-2014, 10:54 AM   #5
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X2- All mfgs of my 5 units called for roof cleanings periodically. If for no other reason cutdown on the streaking, esp on paint surfaces below.

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Old 07-17-2014, 11:02 AM   #6
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I was advised that every few times that you wash your RV you should wash the roof, because what good is washing with sides if all the stuff washes down off the roof onto the sides. I would think that if you have a lot of pine needles you would want to wash that off so it doesn't eat the roof.
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Old 07-17-2014, 11:13 AM   #7
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Hate how crummy it looks since the trees have been leaving all kinds of dirt on the roof since spring but also been too busy to get it done. Thought about doing it in a thunder storm last week but then realized if I got hit by lightning my wife would kill me.
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This weekend it shall be done!

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Old 07-18-2014, 10:04 PM   #8
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Getting up on a roof to wash it means much more than just washing. As you wash it you will be inspecting it for bubbles, open spots and seals around penetrations. So wash it at least twice a year.

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Old 07-18-2014, 10:30 PM   #9
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3 years on my Roo. Haven't washed anything yet. Don't know when I will. Most CG's don't want you washing while camped. TT isn't stored at home, so really no place to do it.
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Old 07-19-2014, 01:54 AM   #10
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Use the cleaner/treatment that the dealer uses ..... twice a year....spring just before summer and fall just before winter.... its about $ 50 for gallon....I think you are required to clean/treat it once a year to keep warranty in effect.....good luck I get 4 washes out of the quick and easy to sales slip in file and put date you clean/treat in case of any warranty work required.....


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