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Re: FlexArmor Roof Coating
« Reply #15 on: September 13, 2020, 12:37:31 pm »
I can tell you that it is not always the roof that leaks. So, unless you FlexArmored over your marker lights, you need to check them annually and make sure they are sealed.  Ask me how I know....

When we replaced the clearance lights on my Clarion with LED we sealed them with FlexSeal tape which holds and seals well and fills the gaps.

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Re: FlexArmor Roof Coating
« Reply #16 on: May 26, 2022, 07:36:42 pm »
Just wanted to send some pictures if you were wondering about roof coatings. I just picked up my 2552 from Elite RV where I had  FlexArmor coating installed. All I can say is wow! IIt came out nice.  I had them install my TOGO dish on studs so I can change it later, also installed aluminum uni-strut for 4ea 100W solar panels I will be adding soon, they sprayed over the skylight in the shower (which I wanted), had them make an arc on the front front cap above the clearance lights, covered over the edge and about 2 inches down the back cap, painted all the edges brown and skylight brown. I will never have to calk the roof again, everything is sealed up and should never have a roof leak. If you are not familiar with FlexArmor look them up on the internet, its pretty nice stuff. Here are the pictures......

Lance look very nice; does much of the white show from the side?  Was the colored painting a standard option they were prepared for of a unusual  request?  About much cost did it add to the job?   Besides the leak potential why do the skylight?
« Last Edit: May 26, 2022, 07:41:56 pm by parkgt »

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Re: FlexArmor Roof Coating
« Reply #17 on: May 26, 2022, 09:56:38 pm »
Hello Greg
I've had this done for a couple years now and its been great!.  The white color does not show from the sides of the coach. The color was painted on the edge, its something they will do. I think it was a $250 up charge. There are a couple advantages to covering the dome. First it protects it from UV rays and stops the deterioration it causes. Then there is the additional structural integrity it brings. The dome can take a branch strike, even if it cracks it wont leak. Then there is my favorite, it blocks out the light, keeps out the heat and makes it easy to take a nap. I went back and had them coat my Houghton A/C covers as well. Have you ever seen those RV's missing the A/C cover? Well it usually starts from the UV rays breaking down the plastic then maybe taking a strike from a branch or just falling apart from plastic breaking down. Once UV rays get the plastic to breakdown its life expectancy is gone. The Houghton A/C's were so new to the market I figured it would be difficult getting a replacement cover so I had them coated, cost a $150 for both.

I used the FlexArmor franchise out of Sarasota Fl. Man were they top notch, 2 A&P mechanics own the place. The attention to detail was great. They remove everything off the roof. Clean the roof, clean off all the sealant, tape it off and spray. So the Houghton A/C's mount way nicer then the Dometic's. There is a mounting collar that gets bolted down and then the A/C sits on top of it. That mounting collar is sealed to the roof and is raised a couple inches.  They leave the collar in place and spray the coating around and up the sides.  Its sealed and nothing is getting in. Did the same with the Maxxair Vents.

Sarasota city brought all the city buses to have the roofs coated, they were these new hybrid's.  the roofs were leaking so bad, so they contracted them to apply the coating problem solved no leaks. I see they are using it now on some high rise buildings. I have ran into a number of people who have it done. I saw a Country Coach with it done. That's an older Class "A" and it looked good. Owner said they always had a leak they couldn't find and after coating it no issues. PC's are not know for roof leaks generally speaking. I did it because I didn't want any roof leaks and I liked the idea I didn't have to caulk anything on the roof ever....

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Re: FlexArmor Roof Coating
« Reply #18 on: May 28, 2022, 09:55:57 pm »
Great info Lance.  The unit that we didn't get after driving 400 miles to pick up, had what appeared to be a sprayed on dimpled roof coating.  Was that factory?  I was expecting to see smooth fiberglass.

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Re: FlexArmor Roof Coating
« Reply #19 on: May 29, 2022, 07:16:25 am »
Hello Greg
Yes that is what the factory uses.  Its a thin sheet of fiberglass, I've been told its smooth on one side and textured on the other.  They put the smooth side down and expose the textured side. Its pretty durable, I haven't heard many issues with it, its long lasting and is way better then a membrane roof.

Well sorry to hear you didn't get  your PC. I am sure you will find what your looking for.

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Re: FlexArmor Roof Coating
« Reply #20 on: May 30, 2022, 11:32:43 pm »
The rippled fiberglass roof sheathing has been in-use going back at least as far as the 2007 model year.  Here is our 2007 roof.

I have read twice now of someone noticing fiberglass hairs or fibers on the material from long term exposure to the sun.  Maybe someone will report with the details and pictures.

Our 2007 being stored indoors, has no such hairs or fibers.
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Re: FlexArmor Roof Coating
« Reply #21 on: June 04, 2022, 10:50:32 am »
Ron , go to Any outdoor storage facility in a desert area and you won’t find one with fiberglass  roof that doesn’t have it. The exception would be a garage queen but indoor storage runs 400-500 a month.

When we looked for homes here there were many with RV garages. Some big enough for 45’ etc. however the homes had absolutely no curb appeal. Comps were lower because of it but not worth it to us
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Re: FlexArmor Roof Coating
« Reply #22 on: June 10, 2022, 06:25:27 pm »
Question for Mr. Dittmer: In your photo, it appears a striped banding of some kind has been applied along the "roof/sidewall" joint.  Can you explain how that was done?  Thanks - and your rig is immaculate!

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Re: FlexArmor Roof Coating
« Reply #23 on: June 10, 2022, 06:50:57 pm »
Question for Mr. Dittmer: In your photo, it appears a striped banding of some kind has been applied along the "roof/sidewall" joint.  Can you explain how that was done?
That is the full body paint job, done only to make sure you don't see the white roof when standing back.....nothing more.
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Re: FlexArmor Roof Coating
« Reply #24 on: July 04, 2022, 03:15:43 am »
I just had my roof done With Dicor product for fiberglass roofs.  Cost me $1,400.00 to have them put on three coats.  Looks great.  I did not have any leaks, but I was starting to see the fiberglass fibers.  I live in Arizona where the sun take a toll on everything.  I was going to do it myself, but then thought I better have it professionally done.  I think for the price it was a good deal.

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Re: FlexArmor Roof Coating
« Reply #25 on: July 04, 2022, 12:30:35 pm »
Hello TDBELTZ
I believe an active prevention plan is worth a lot more than a reactive prevention plan. If you wait around until you see an issue its to late. I am not familiar with the Dicor roof coating but if your happy with it, that is what matters. $1400 is less than what I paid for Armor Flex so if it holds up your ahead of me. I still am very impressed with my Armor Flex coating. Its about 1/4 inch thick and it covers all the seems on the sides and the front and rear caps. Its guaranteed for life and I never have to caulk anything on the roof again. Also what's very interesting is this product is starting to be applied on commercial building flat roofs so its starting to become popular with a wider range of clientele, which says something about its durability,

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Re: FlexArmor Roof Coating
« Reply #26 on: July 04, 2022, 02:46:56 pm »
Hi Lance,

Any idea how much weight the Armor Flex adds to the coach.

As you know, I have to count every pound.

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Re: FlexArmor Roof Coating
« Reply #27 on: July 04, 2022, 04:41:44 pm »
Hey Kevin
I heard that its around 150lbs, I believe that was from the company in Sarasota Fl. that sprayed mine.

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Re: FlexArmor Roof Coating
« Reply #28 on: July 05, 2022, 03:03:50 pm »
Wow!  I did not realize a roof coating could weigh so much.  An extra 150 pounds on the roof, is not ideal from a "handling" perspective.
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Re: FlexArmor Roof Coating
« Reply #29 on: July 05, 2022, 04:13:26 pm »
Ron sorry it really doesn't affect the handling, we aren't running NASCAR. The weight is low on the roof and dispersed evenly, if your theory holds weight then those with 2 AC units should be suffering from steering/handling issues as an A/C brings up the center of gravity as it sits higher on the roof. If you are familiar with stability and its basic application on vehicles and ships then you would understand this principle. (Stability is the ability to resist external forces, and this applies to your car too. It is at its most stable when travelling in a straight line at constant speed with the weight evenly distributed across all the wheels. round the curve at constant speed with the weight evenly distributed between front and rear.) Plus there are people that have improved there handling characteristics by installing stiffer suspension, better steering stabilizers, trac bars etc. I would much rather have a bullet proof roof, then deal with a leak that goes unnoticed until you have interior damage. You may not have these issues as you keep your PC inside and only take it out when wanting to travel.  There are others who keep theirs outside or actually travel all year or most of the year and don't let the weather dictate when and where they go.

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