If you’ve got an RV of your own, you know how fun it can be to motor across the country for weeks or even months at a time, enjoying the scenery and going on countless adventures. Of course, any RV owner also knows what a massive investment an RV can be. Even the least expensive model of these vehicles can cost as much as a modest house; that means you need to protect your investment in every way you can.
The Silent, Stealthy Killer
There’s any number of things you need to worry about if you’re an RV owner, since the unique combination of residence and motorized vehicle means you’ve got the worries of both a home owner and a driver. There’s one issue that can be as deadly as it can be undetectable, though: a leaky roof. Even the smallest of pinholes in the roof of your RV will let water begin to infiltrate, and if you don’t notice it because that leak never makes it into your cabin, it can remain undetected for months – until you step through a spot of dry rot into the subfloor of your cabin.
Spot the Spot
Having a major leak repaired can cost tens of thousands, which is why it’s better to look for signs of leaks well before you end up with a nasty surprise. While you can’t always identify a leak from the inside of your RV, there is one way to spot where water is coming in – from the point of entry. All you need to do is climb up on the roof of your RV and (carefully) begin looking across the surface for any spots that seem soft, discolored, or damaged outright.
Liquid Roof Coatings to the Rescue
Once you’ve found a leak, you’ve got two options: take it to your dealership – where you’ll be charged an arm and a leg in labor costs – or do it yourself. You can indeed handle patching an RV roof yourself, thanks to Liquid Roof coatings that are commercially available. Made from a liquid form of synthetic rubber used in roofing materials all over the world, Liquid Roof and similar brands can be applied to a clean roof with a paint roller, which will seal any holes and protect your roof from the elements.
Do the Math
A can or two of a liquid roof coating may not be cheap, but the benefits of resealing your RV roof – and doing it yourself without any help from a technician at your RV dealership – is going to cost you much less in the long run. Most manufacturers of liquid roof coatings offer extended warranties on their products from anywhere between five and ten years, which means that a single application, while not inexpensive, is a small price to pay for ensuring the roof of your serious investment is in good shape for years to come.