One of the most neglected areas of an RV is also likely the most important: the RV’s roof. The roof of an RV is out of sight, which often means it’s out of mind. With your RV, be sure to keep its roof in mind.
These recreational rigs are behemoths in every aspect: they offer you tons of fun, tons of versatility, and they also offer you the potential of a huge headache and lots of stress.
Any RVer who takes good care of their RV’s roof will have an RV that lasts for years and that is typically low maintenance, less stress, less of a headache, and lots of fun.
How to Inspect Your RV’s Roof
If you don’t keep your RV’s roof clean and consistently inspect its seams, then you’re likely to end up with quite the costly repair. The main cause of costly RV repairs is water damage. The main way to allow your RV to be damaged by water is to have an RV roof that is not offering your RV proper protection.
Avoid all of that headache and stress by inspecting your RV’s roof. When it comes to roof inspections, safety comes first: be sure that your RV’s roof is able to safely support your weight before you climb on top of it.
If you know your RV supports your weight, that’s great and likely means you’ve inspected it before, which is also great!
For those of you who’ve never been on your RV’s roof, you’ll likely be able to tell it supports your weight by whether or not the RV is fitted with a ladder for roof access. An RV without a ladder likely means its roof is more fragile, so use sheets of plywood and lay them across the roof to give the roof extra support and better weight distribution.
Of course, you don’t want to cover the entire roof with plywood or else you won’t have anything to inspect! So, use the plywood in small areas and move it as you inspect.
No matter whether your roof is heavy-duty or not, tread lightly and cautiously whenever walking on the roof. The last thing you want is to have to pay for a roof repair and for medical bills.
When on your roof, look for small cracks and dry spots, while also keeping an eye out for any loose caulking around joints, AC’s, and vents. If you see any of these, then your roof requires some repair-work and sealing, and your RV is at-risk for water damage.
Also, you can inspect your RV for any signs of moisture or water damage by looking inside of the RV. Check walls and ceilings for dark spots, cracks, or light peeking through the ceiling; if light is peeking through the ceiling, then water can get through there too. Any of the above signs point to a roof with a leak that requires sealing and some minor or major repairs.
Using a Roof Sealant
When your RV’s roof requires some minor to moderate repairs, a quality roof sealant offers you a convenient and easy solution.
Take a paintbrush and a can of the roof sealant to patch some smaller holes, cracks, and dry spots in your RV’s roof to prevent any further damage to the roof or the interior of your RV.
RV roof sealants provide water and UV ray resistance for the roof of your RV to protect your RV’s roof and interior from those bright, sunny days, dark rainy days, or cold winter blizzards.