Even though 2020 has been one of the worst years in recent history, if you own an RV, you know you’ve had a leg up on the rest of the population. Getting out and traveling during these difficult times without worrying that you’re putting your family at risk is a huge stress relief when all you want to do is get out of the house. As an RV owner, you probably know that RVs aren’t always fun and games, though.
Before heading out on the road, you should give your RV a good inspection from top to bottom, and if you find leaks in the roof, they must be repaired pronto. Your RV’s roof takes a special kind of repair, though, because the roof isn’t like any other. It’s made to be light and mobile while still sturdy enough to stand up to wind, weather, debris, and the sun. Fortunately, using a liquid roof sealant, you can solve your roof’s issues quickly and get your family back out for an adventure.
Where to Get Started
To fix a leak in the roof, you first need to find where it’s coming from. Leaks often come in the form of small cracks so they can be difficult to spot. Start by checking the interior for watermarks, discolorations, and stains. You might also find wet patches of carpet that can help you trace back to the leak. Once you have a good idea of where the leak is located, carefully head up onto the roof.
From the roof, look closely for any damage. Sometimes it’s as obvious as a hole left by a stick, but other times the damage can be a little more insidious. Cracks and crevices in the membrane can quickly turn into leaks if not treated, so be sure to check there. Another common culprit is antennas and vents. Because they open into the RV, if their seal has aged away, water could be seeping in through those openings.
Make the Repair
After locating from where water is leaking in, it’s time to start fixing the issue. The process is simple, as long as you have all the right tools. You’ll first need to clean the affected area of any dirt or grime that would keep the sealant from adhering. Be sure to use a cleaner specifically meant for RV roofs and avoid overly abrasive brushes. You’ll also want a paintbrush or a roller to apply the sealant.
Before you can repair, you’ll first want to remove any old sealant or caulking with a razor or a knife. After you have cleaned the roof and exposed the leaks, it’s time to begin applying the liquid roof sealant. Using your brush or roller, spread a clean and uniform coat of the sealant across the roof. Leave it for a few hours to dry and cure, and when you come back, you’ll have a newly sealed roof. You can try out the repair by spraying some water on the area and tracing back to where you found the leak inside. And that’s it! Fixing a leaky roof is as easy as pie with a liquid roof sealant. Don’t get stuck at home for weeks on end when you could hit the road with your family and work from anywhere. Now is the time to see the country, and doing it from your RV is fun and safe. Before you head out, though, be sure to seal up and unwanted leaks!