Common Causes of RV Roof Leaks

 

If you’re buying a new motorhome, you probably have a lot on your mind. You may be interested in determining engine performance, fuel economy, number of beds and seats, towing capacity, and other things. The last thing on your mind may be the potential for the roof to leak, but it is common, especially as an RV ages. We go over some of the most common causes for a leak below.

Roof Racks

If you have an RV with roof racks, or are considering the purchase of one, you should be aware that there is a leaking possibility as time goes on. This is because the racks are attached directly to the roof of your RV. Often any leaks from roof racks occur around the screws that hold the rack onto your RV. They often come about because of seal failure or caulking degradation. If you find the problem early, it’s easy to fix with a dose of liquid roof or a new application of caulk.

Leaking Caulk

Speaking of caulk, it is used on several features on an RV, including vents and skylights. You need a seal that is waterproof and caulk is the typical way to ensure this. However, over time this caulk can dry out and shrink which pulls it away from seams that it is meant to protect. It’s a promising idea to reapply caulk every year or so to avoid this problem.

Ladder Mounts

While not all RVs have a ladder for access, many do. These are convenient and useful, as nobody wants to carry a ladder around everywhere they go. However, the point where the ladder is mounted can turn into a point for leaks. Leaks can also occur on the RV where ladder is positioned. Keep an eye out for any problems and handle them as soon as you possibly can.

Physical Damage

Damage to the roof is another common cause of RV roof leaks. This might be because of falling tree branches or any other debris. Having something weighty on the roof can also cause problems that lead to damage on the roof. These types of situations can get nasty quick, so be on your toes. Using liquid RV roof repair can make the surface of the roof seamless again and stop any leaks in their tracks.

Aging

A final reason for leaks is through natural aging. Your RV is going to be exposed to various elements which can weaken the roof after a period. Cold temperatures, sunlight, and even rain can cause some amount of damage. Therefore, inspecting the roof at least once or twice a year is a good rule of thumb.

If you let a leak get worse, it can be much harder to fix when you do get around to it. Keeping some liquid roof around, which is great for patching problems before they get extreme, is an excellent idea. Save yourself the trouble of needing a professional, who is going to require a much larger budget to repair the roof.

RV Roof Repair Materials

 

No matter how well you keep your RV maintained and no matter how often you inspect it, problems always seem to happen. If you’ve noticed leaking in your roof, you need to stop it in its tracks before it gets worst. However, if you want to save some money and do the repairs yourself, that’s entirely possible. You simply need to know what materials are needed and how to use them once you have them in your custody.

Cleaning Tools

There are quite a few tools and materials that can come in handy for roof repair, but many of them are easy to find and some you may already own. While there are many jobs that may need taken care of, the same tools will work for most of them, so you can minimize some of your expenses.

The first set of tools that will come in handy are cleaning tools. You can’t repair a roof without cleaning it off and seeing what is going on. Because of that, it’s a good idea to have some sponges, wire brushes, scouring pads, and other things around.

Once you have those, you want to clean the roof off as best you can. All the dirt and debris needs to go, as do any loose pieces of rust or other things. Make sure you get the roof as clean as possible before you move forward with your repair. It will be worth it, even if it might seem time-consuming and frustrating while doing it.

Roof Repair Tools

Okay, so you have completed the cleaning and you’re ready to bust out what you need to do the repairs. If you’re going to be putting on a patch, you need patching material. If you’re replacing a vent or adding caulking, you need the proper materials to do so. As this can vary, consider what you need to do and what will do it in the easiest way. It can also help to make a list of items you might need for other repairs so you can have them on hand when the time comes.

After you have what you need, you can go ahead and complete any needed repairs. Make sure everything you need to complete is done, as the next step is a big one!

Roof Coating

After you’re done with all of that, your next task is to coat the roof with RV liquid roof. This is an excellent product that puts a barrier on your roof that keeps it safe from all sorts of things. This will give you the assurance that you won’t get leaks, which is important for many RV owners. The great thing is that applying it is simple and anyone can do it.

To apply, follow the instructions. You’ll need a stirring stick, and a roller is a good idea, as well. You apply the material just like paint, so you may need some brushes as well. Once you’ve coated the entire roof, you’re good to go. No more worrying about repairs for a good long time!