What You Should Know About Sealing an RV Roof

Water tends to flow wherever it can and cause either irreparable or costly damage. A leaking roof is a problem that requires immediate attention so that the damage will not grow bigger. Holes or cracks that cause an RV roof to leak are likewise the most common problem that many owners of RVs complain about.

However, several RV owners do not have the skill or the experience to fix their leaking roof. But selling your RV cheaply just because its roof leaks is not the only option. It is possible to repair it, using the right material as well as some hard work. If you’re thinking of replacing an RV roof, keep in mind that it is costly, even if your insurance covers it. 

Fixing an RV’s leaking roof

Out of the many steps to follow in fixing a leaking roof, one of the most essential is to read your RV’s manual to know what materials were used to manufacture the roof. The roof of an RV comes in different configurations; therefore, there might be special instructions in your vehicle’s manual. Otherwise, here are the usual steps to fix a leaking roof. 

One consideration is that there are different types of leaks, and each one will need a different repair method. As mentioned, the different types of roofs require different repair materials. 

Steps to fix the leak in your RV roof

The roof of an RV may not be strong enough to withstand a person’s weight. So make sure that you know the material used for the roof. If it is soft, you need to have something rigid to step on, such as a piece of plywood. Likewise, be careful when you go up the roof, especially if the roof has sloping sides. 

The first step is to inspect the roof and find the source of the leak and other vulnerable spots that could be the source of future leaks. 

Temporary fixes

As an RV owner, make it a point to have rubber patches in your RV. Aside from a rubber patch, you can use a tarp to prevent water from entering your RV’s interior. Further, make sure that you tie the tarp down securely. If you’re using a big tarp that runs down the sides of the RV, do not turn on your kitchen appliances or HVAC unit because the tarp may be blocking the vents and exhaust system. 

You can use tar paper as a temporary fix. Make sure that the area with the hole or crack is clean and completely dry to ensure proper adherence of the tar paper. 

Permanent fixes

Make sure that you apply a permanent fix to the roof as soon as you can. Different types of RV roofs require using different products to fix the leak. One of the most flexible options for fixing RV roof leaks is RV roof sealant, which comes in different forms for application on different roof types.  

You can prevent leaks from forming by inspecting your RV roof once or twice a year. Likewise, make sure that you have a roof repair kit in your RV. Find out the type of leak repair material you can use that is suitable for the type of RV roof you have.