Dicor Introduces Polar White TPO Roofing Color

Elkhart, Indiana-based Dicor Products has added a new “whiter than white” color choice to its DiFlex II TPO roofing materials for RV manufacturers.

epdm-tpoTPO is basically a plastic and comes in several colors and has a textured surface. TPO doesn’t weather the same way EPDM does, so you won’t have the white powder that gets on you when you work on the roof. Because TPO is a plastic, the roof is the same color all the way through. TPO roofing is glued down to the roof decking in the same way that EPDM is, but using a different adhesive.

The new polar white roofing material provides a greater cooling factor through a high reflectivity rating for RVs, according to a company news release.

Polar white joins the line of extra flexible, non-fleeced backed DiFlex II TPO roof coverings also offered in dove, grey, ivory, and tan.

“The superior reflectivity of the polar white finish really helps keep the heat off the RV,” said Tom Grubaugh, Dicor Products national OEM sales manager.

“Today, some of our OEM customers are taking heating and cooling efficiency into account in their product design and our new Polar White DiFlex II helps them achieve their goals.”

dicor-products-roofDicor Products has been a supplier of EPDM and TPO roofing for the RV industry for more than 20 years. Quick to adapt to changing OEM needs, Dicor Products currently offers the largest selection of roofing membranes and roof colors available for RVs, including its recent innovative offering of DiFlex II TPO membranes, according to the release.

Manufacturers find DiFlex II TPO to be a very flexible TPO membrane that is easy to install for snug, watertight fit on virtually any roofing surface. It is also compatible with all Dicor aftermarket cleaners, protectants, sealants, and bonding adhesives, and can be installed with Dicor’s matching lap sealants for a fully coordinated appearance.

Much like EPDM, DiFlex II remains flexible in cold weather and, unlike PVC and some TPO, resists hail damage and cracking even in cold weather. It is not affected by ponding water or environmental contaminants and is easily repairable throughout its lifetime.

DiFlex II comes with a 12-year limited warranty.

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Dicor Products has been a leading supplier of component products to RV manufacturers since 1984, most notably as a supplier of premium roofing products.

We are also well established in the RV aftermarket, where they’re well known for roofing repair and care products and wheel covers. Thier Versa-Liner wheel cover brand, in fact, has more than one million sets in service.

In a brand restructuring, Dicor Products has recently been recast as one of four affiliated company brands of Dicor Corporation, which also include Seal Design, United Shade, and Vixen Composites.

Dicor Corporation is the overall corporate umbrella for the different companies, including Dicor Products, each of which operates independently with its own customers, while sharing a common ethic of service and innovative product development.

Address: 2965 LaVanture Place, Elkhart, IN 46514

Phone: (800) 837-2059 (toll free)

Website:  www.dicorproducts.com

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It is what we think we know already that often prevents us from learning.
—Claude Bernard

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Tips For Cleaning Your RV Roof

The majority of RV damage is water damage from leaks as a result of lack of maintenance.

Wahweap RV Park & Campground, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved
Tips For Cleaning Your RV Roof. Location: Wahweap RV Park & Campground, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

RVs have an inherent flexibility to them and flex to absorb the variable road conditions upon which they travel. This means that soft flexible sealants are required at the seams where major pieces of the coach meet.

When you take all this into consideration, the RVs we have do a pretty good job at keeping out the elements, but will only do so if maintained properly.

Water kills RVs. Over time, most RVs exposed to water intrusion will rot and fail in one way or another, not to mention the fact that the moisture can lead to problems like mold and mildew.

Take extreme care when working on the roof of an RV, especially when wet.

First, you need to know the type of roof you have on your RV.

There are three primary roofing types used in the RV industry: Ethylene propylene diene monomer (EPDM), Thermoplastic polyolefin (TPO), and fiberglass.

EPDM is the rubber roofing seen on most RVs and is usually pure white with a black bottom layer. EPDM weathers causing a white powder to form as it ages in the sun and if you rub it with your hand you will get it on you. EPDM is smooth to the touch.

Arizona Oasis RV Resort, Ehrenburg, Arizona © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved
Tips For Cleaning Your RV Roof. Lovation: Arizona Oasis RV Resort, Ehrenburg, Arizona © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

TPO is basically a plastic and comes in several colors and has a textured surface. TPO doesn’t weather the same way EPDM does, so you won’t have the white powder that gets on you when you work on the roof. Because TPO is a plastic, the roof is the same color all the way through. TPO roofing is glued down to the roof decking in the same way that EPDM is, but using a different adhesive.

Cleaning starts with your RV roof, because whatever lands on your roof eventually ends up everywhere else on the RV.

Cleaning a TPO roof is pretty easy. Use a non-abrasive household cleaner, such as Top Job or Spic-N-Span, and a medium-bristled scrub brush. Do not use any harsh or highly-abrasive products during cleaning.

EPDM roofing should be cleaned with a rubber roof cleaner and conditioner, several of which are available commercially through your RV parts supplier. These cleaners and conditioners not only wash away the excess ‘white powder’ from the membrane, but also seal the membrane and reduce the formation of the powder (weathering) from UV and environmental exposure.

American RV Park, Albuquerque, New Mexico © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved
Tips For Cleaning Your RV Roof. Location: American RV Park, Albuquerque, New Mexico © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

CAUTION: DO NOT use cleaners or conditioners containing petroleum solvents, harsh abrasives, or citric-based cleaners on either roof type. You may cause irreparable damage to your roof and may void your warranty.

RV roof seals are often covered in one of two types of sealant materials. First, and the most common is a liquid self-leveling sealant appropriate for the type of roof upon which it is being applied. Second, is a tape product with a super tacky sealant attached to one side and a white plastic or metallic tape on the other.

WARNING: It is imperative that you use a compatible sealant for the roof you have. EPDM and TPO sealants are NOT interchangeable. NEVER use silicone sealant on the roof of an RV. Silicone is NOT compatible with most RV roofing sealants, and doesn’t have the performance properties needed to properly seal the RV.

When inspecting the roof look for tears or holes. Beware of small slices that can allow water intrusion. Get any holes or slices repaired immediately.

Self-leveling sealants are used around everything that goes through the roof, including antennas, vents, and the terminations at the front and back of the roof. Look for peeling, cracking, or openings in the sealants and if found should be cleaned, dried, and resealed. If you believe moisture and dirt have penetrated the sealants, they should be removed and replaced.

If you keep on top of all the seals on your RV (not just the roof) you’ll do a lot to help maintain the long-term value of your unit.

Flag City RV Resort, Lodi, California © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved
Flag City RV Resort, Lodi, California © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Don’t let leaves, pine needles, and other debris collect on the roof of the RV or the slideout toppers. This debris holds and wicks water into lesser protected areas of the roof causing extreme damage. Installing slide toppers keeps this debris off the slide out roofs and out of the slide out seals and keeping the rest of the roof clean and debris free.

With a little bit of work and care your RV can provide you with many years of enjoyment, as well as maintain its value much longer for when it comes time to… you know… trade up!

Hey, we all do it!

Worth Pondering…
A bad day cleaning the RV roof—is better than a good day—working.

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Dicor Adds 4th Color to New TPO Roofing Material

Elkhart, Indiana-based Dicor Products has added the color “Cream” as a fourth color option to its new TPO roofing material called DiFlex II, continuing to extend the range of roofing choices available for RVs.

epdm-tpoDiFlex II already featured the hues of Dove (bright white), Tan, and Grey.

“Four color choices is unheard of in RV roofing. DiFlex II really gives manufacturers some striking new options to help differentiate their RVs and enhance the overall attractiveness of their product,” said Jeff Gaff, general manager of Dicor Products, in a news release.

“At Dicor Products, we are all about continuous improvement and bringing new products to the fore to help spur innovation in appearance and function.”

“The new DiFlex II TPO material is a very flexible, non-fleece-backed membrane that is easy to install for snug, watertight fit on virtually any roofing surface,” said Gaff.

“It is also compatible with all Dicor aftermarket cleaners, protectants, sealant, and bonding adhesives, and can be installed with Dicor’s matching lap sealants for a fully coordinated, beautiful appearance.”

The material is embossed with a light pebble pattern to dull harsh reflections and provide a classic look.

dicor-products-roofLike EPDM, DiFlex II remains flexible and UV resistant throughout its lifetime. It is even flexible in cold weather and less prone to cracking than other TPO material, Gaff explained.

It is easily repairable throughout its lifetime, and not affected by ponding water or environmental contaminants, plus it comes with a 12-year limited warranty.

DiFlex II is currently available in pre-cut widths and will soon be provided in rolls.

Widths are 8 feet, 6 feet, and 9 feet 6 inches, with available lengths of 21 , 25, 30, 36, and 40 foot lengths.

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Dicor Products has been a leading supplier of component products to RV manufacturers since 1984, most notably as a supplier of premium roofing products.

We are also well established in the RV aftermarket, where they’re well known for roofing repair and care products and wheel covers. Thier Versa-Liner wheel cover brand, in fact, has more than one million sets in service.

In a brand restructuring, Dicor Products has recently been recast as one of four affiliated company brands of Dicor Corporation, which also include Seal Design, United Shade, and Vixen Composites.

Dicor Corporation is the overall corporate umbrella for the different companies, including Dicor Products, each of which operates independently with its own customers, while sharing a common ethic of service and innovative product development.

Address: 2965 LaVanture Place, Elkhart, IN 46514

Phone: (800) 837-2059 (toll free)

Website: dicorproducts.com

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It is what we think we know already that often prevents us from learning.
—Claude Bernard

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Dicor Introduces How-to Videos on RV Roof Care, Repair & Restore

Dicor Products has added more videos to its expanding library of helpful care, repair, and restore information for RV roofs.

Dicor-Rudy-videos-webpage-640x330Introduced by Dicor Products’ roofing expert icon, Rudy, the reports help RVers care for their units with the correct aftermarket cleaning, repairing, protecting, and restoring products, according to a company news release.

The videos and reports break down such projects as sealant repair, roof coating, and roof cleaning into easy-to-understand steps that encourage RVers to take better care of their RVs with the available products, adding value and longevity to their RVs.

“This is part of our ongoing outreach to the RV consumer and the RV aftermarket,” said Dave Majewski, vice president of sales and marketing for Dicor Products.

“There are many things the RV owner can do for themselves to care for and preserve the value of their RV. The roof is oftentimes an ‘out of sight, out of mind’ part of the RV, but it should actually be the last thing that is ‘out of mind’ because it is so vital to protecting the RV and its contents. These videos are meant to empower RV owners with the proper techniques and materials to keep their roofs in good condition.”

dicor-products-roof“You could look at it as a ‘Roof Awareness’ program that can enhance the RV experience and help RVers make optimum use of the aftermarket products available. These are all things dealers and manufacturers should get behind.”

Rudy, The Dicor Products Answer Man

Dicor Products wants to make your RV ownership experience as easy and trouble-free as possible.

Rudy has many of the answers you need.

Visitors to Dicor Products’ care page can also sign-up for twice-monthly e-bulletins on these topics while accessing a broad range of articles along with such videos as:

  • Coating a Metal RV Roof
  • Cleaning and Protecting an RV Roof
  • RV Roof Repair
  • Determine Your RV Roof Type
  • Applying Lap Sealants

Some of the articles also address wheel cover and tire care/inflation topics.

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epdm-tpoDicor Products has been a leading supplier of component products to RV manufacturers since 1984, most notably as a supplier of premium roofing products.

We are also well established in the RV aftermarket, where they’re well known for roofing repair and care products and wheel covers. Thier Versa-Liner wheel cover brand, in fact, has more than one million sets in service.

In a brand restructuring, Dicor Products has recently been recast as one of four affiliated company brands of Dicor Corporation, which also include Seal Design, United Shade, and Vixen Composites.

Dicor Corporation is the overall corporate umbrella for the different companies, including Dicor Products, each of which operates independently with its own customers, while sharing a common ethic of service and innovative product development.

Address: 2965 LaVanture Place, Elkhart, IN 46514

Phone: (800) 837-2059 (toll free)

Website: dicorproducts.com

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It is what we think we know already that often prevents us from learning.
—Claude Bernard

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Dicor Introduces CoolCoat to Keep RVs Cooler

To help RVers escape the heat, Elkhart, Indiana-based Dicor Products has introduced a new heat-reducing coating option to its two-part coating system for EPDM rubber RV roofs.

The company’s new CoolCoat Insulating Coating uses advanced MicroCells technology to reduce heat transfer from the RV roof to the RV interior.

Tests show that this new ceramic coating can reduce the interior temperature by as much as 29 percent from the roof temperature.

The temperature reducing coating material is a new alternative to the popular acrylic coating that RVers have used for years in Dicor’s two-part coating system for EPDM (ethylene propylene diene monomer) roofs, according to a company news release.

Dicor Products said it is critical to prepare the roof with the cleaner/activator (first part) before applying either coating (second part) to ensure maximum coating adhesion.

CoolCoat contains MicroCells, which are nano-sized spheres, inside of which a vacuum has been created, which helps to dramatically slow heat flux—the rate of heat transfer from one surface to another, according to the release.

Dicor CoolCoat Insulating Coating

In this case, the heat transfer is from the RV’s exterior roofing surface to the RV’s interior surfaces, from where the heat can radiate into the RV. Using such vacuum-filled spheres is similar to the way a Thermos works in keeping liquids hot and cold for an extended period of time.

When CoolCoat cures, the MicroCells become tightly packed and help create a tough coating that reflects and dissipates heat by minimizing heat flux. This allows everything under the roof to stay cooler, longer—thereby reducing the load on air conditioning and saving energy, the company noted.

The durability and longevity of the EPDM coating is also improved. As with the other parts of the coating system, CoolCoat Insulating Coating is easy to apply and dries quickly.

Like Dicor’s EPDM Roof Acrylic Coating, CoolCoat extends the life and beauty of rubber roof membranes in forming a protective barrier with superior resistance to harsh weather and ultraviolet light, the company noted.

CoolCoat Insulating Coating is expected to be available at RV dealers and stores starting this month.

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Dicor Products delivers smart ways to make RVs more functional, better-looking, and more dependable for RV buyers.

Dicor Products has been a leading supplier of component products to RV manufacturers since 1984, most notably as a supplier of premium roofing products.

Dicor are also very well established in the RV aftermarket, where they’re well known for roofing repair and care products and wheel covers.

Their Versa-Liner wheel cover brand, in fact, has more than one million sets in service.

In a brand restructuring, Dicor Products has recently been recast as one of four affiliated company brands of Dicor Corporation, which also include Seal Design, United Shade, and Vixen Composites.

Dicor Corporation is the overall corporate umbrella for the different companies, including Dicor Products, each of which operates independently with its own customers, while sharing a common ethic of service and innovative product development.

Address: 2965 LaVanture Place, Elkhart, IN 46514

Phone: (800) 837-2059 (toll free)

Website: dicorproducts.com

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Worth Pondering…

When you get to the end of all the light you know and it’s time to step into the darkness of the unknown, faith is knowing that one of two things shall happen: either you will be given something solid to stand on, or you will be taught how to fly.

—Edward Teller

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