It’s that time of year again when you need to start making a checklist of maintenance jobs your RV needs. On that list, you need to include your RV’s roof. After spending months outdoors in the sun, wind, and rain, your roof will appreciate a little TLC. Before you get started, though, understand that maintaining your RV’s roof means more than just giving it a quick look. Keeping it in top condition will extend the life of your roof by years. To help you get the most out of your RV’s roof, we’ve put together a quick list of what you can do to better maintain your roof.
Don’t Just Look at It, Inspect It
Roof problems are one of the number one reasons why RV owners trade in their vehicle. They leave a leak for a little too long and, the next thing they know, their interior is ruined, and the roof is starting to cave in. Before you even get to that point, you should be inspecting your RV’s roof for cracks, divots, and holes. Start on the inside and look for any discolorations or watermarks. If you don’t find any, don’t be afraid to really get down on the roof and inspect it closely. Check the caulking around any vents or antennas where small leaks can start. Go into an inspection expecting to find a problem, and you’ll walk away knowing in what condition your RV’s roof is.
Keep Your Roof Clean
While inspecting your RV’s roof, you’ll probably notice that it needs a good cleaning. So many roof problems come about because you’re not keeping your RV’s roof clear of debris, dirt, and mildew. Using a simple broom to sweep leaves and sticks of your RV can extend its life. From there, use an RV roof cleaning solution to scrub off any built of grime, mildew, or tree sap. Give it a good rinse, and you’ll be amazed at the difference.
Fix Any Leaky Caulking or Seals
After you’ve given your RV’s roof a good wash, check the inside. If you managed to miss any leaks, you’ll surely see them now. Trace those leaks back outside and prepare to put in a tiny amount of work—it’s time to repair your leaky caulking and seals. Keeping these seals properly waterproofed is the number one way to keep water from seeping into your vehicle. This may mean removing the old caulking and reapplying new caulking or simply closing up any gaps.
Add a New Roof Coating
You might not need to apply a new roof coating every year, but if it’s been a while since your last coating, you should consider taking the time to refresh your RV’s roof. Using a liquid RV roof sealant or an elastomeric or EPDM coating, you can easily put years more use back into your RV’s roof. With nothing more than a paint roller and a tin of coating, you’ll have a roof that looks brand new and is ready to stand up to month after month of exposure to the elements.
Is It Worth It?
This probably sounds like a lot of work, and you’re questioning if it’s even worth it. Why not pay a professional to do it for you? First off, don’t. Although it sounds labor-intensive, these repairs are quick and can be done in as little as an afternoon. With a little bit of preparation and maintenance, your RV’s roof will be ready to handle a few more years of cross-country family vacations.