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Old 03-08-2015, 02:18 PM   #1
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Roof repair help.

I had a branch from a neighbors tree pierce a hold in the roof on my airstream. Any ideas on how to repair the damage.
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Old 03-08-2015, 02:26 PM   #2
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I would cut out the mangled aluminum, cut a patch out, apply some calk, and rivet or screw it down.

Up high like that a well applied patch will be hardly noticeable.

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Old 03-08-2015, 02:29 PM   #3
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The "right answer" would be to get a new panel. Do you have insurance?

If you don't have insurance, I suppose you could screw or rivet an aluminum panel over the damaged area once you've smoothed out the damaged area. You should put a generous amount of caulk on the underside of the panel around the edges and then around the edges after you rivet it in place. You will need to maintain the caulk bead around the edge on a regular basis as caulk tends to dry and crack.

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Old 03-08-2015, 02:49 PM   #4
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How much do you want to spend to "fix" it? If you want a good patch that won't break your wallet, get some Eternabond Alumibond in the 4" or 6" type. You could clean up that area nicely (metal bends and cleanliness), fasten the edges down with some blind rivets where the original seam was (or use some aluminium sheet metal screws, Apply some ParrBond to the seam and any torn area, then cover the area with the Eternabond tape. Being on the roof, I would not be inclined to spend a ton of money getting it to look like new, however the Eternabond will give you a seal that will hold for a long time.
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