One of the most common problems that RV owners report is that their roof regularly leaks. If not quickly treated, a leaky roof can quickly cause more widespread damage throughout your RV. Yet, so many RV owners don’t know how to fix their leaky roofs. Fortunately, it’s not as hard as you might think. All you have to do is locate the source of the leak and spend a few hours repairing it. Let’s take a look at the overall process. You should be ready to get started the repair so you can hit the road sooner rather than later.
Step 1 – Find the Leak
Before you can repair a leak, you first have to find the source. It’s important to inspect your roof to prevent leaks from happening regularly, but if your RV has recently sustained some damage, you might not have even realized there was a leak. The first place to start looking for the leak is from the interior. Scout out any watermarks or stains in the ceiling and trace them back to the roof. It’s also a good idea to check the interior walls and edges of the carpet.
From the outside, look for dents, weak spots, and cracks where water could have seeped through the roof. One common place where there might be a leak is along the vents and antennas. Be sure to be safe on the roof, and if you suspect severe water damage, we don’t recommend standing on the roof.
Step 2 – Patch the Leak
Simply saying “patch the leak” leaves a lot to be said. When it comes to rubber roofs, there are several ways to go about patching a leak. Let’s break down each one and assess what’s best for you.
- Apply a patch
It’s possible to buy temporary patches, but you shouldn’t treat this as a long-term solution. A patch is only that—a patch. Once you can repair the leak, you should do so.
- Apply a sealant
Sealant does exactly what it sounds like—it seals the roof. This is an excellent option for roofs with only minor imperfections. As roofs age, constant exposure to the elements makes them more susceptible to cracking, but laying down a sealant can help stop the aging process from progressing to a dangerous point.
- Reapply roofing material
If your roof has sustained substantial damage and a sealant just won’t cut it, you may need to replace the roof. Fortunately, this doesn’t have to be as hard as it sounds. Using a liquid EPDM roof coating, you can spray a new roof onto your RV with very little preparation. It’s quick, economical, and will put decades of life back into your RV.
Step 3 – Stay On Top of Maintenance
The best fix is the prevent a fix. Be sure to inspect your roof for any damage regularly. It doesn’t take much to cause a small leak to form, so before and after a long-haul, give your roof a good go over. Try to avoid leaving your RV where it will bake under the sun or be exposed to hail storms in the summer. And, lastly, be careful when loading cargo on top of your RV.
If you follow these guidelines, you should be good for a few years. Nonetheless, a leak can quickly destroy your RV, so it’s best to keep an eye out. For the best results, consult with a professional, and they can recommend the best sealant for your RV.