It’s something that every RV owner will come face to face with at some point during their ownership – water leaks. RV roofs have to be thin and light by their very nature. While they’re built strong, the lightweight factor means that they can easily develop leaks for a number of different reasons. Thankfully, you have several options when it comes to RV roof repair, and not all of them involve having a new roof installed. What should you know?
Verify the Leak
No matter what you do afterward, your first step is to locate and verify the size and severity of the leak. It might be something small, or it could be from major damage. Modern RV roofs are made from an EPDM and cloth mixture, reinforced with plywood and other materials, and while they do a great job of resisting weather, there’s only so much they can do to resist penetration by debris like tree branches. You’ll need to get on top of the RV and look things over. Look directly above the water spots on the interior ceiling, and if you can’t locate the source of the leak there, widen your search to surrounding areas. It’s not like a house, where a water leak is usually several feet away from where it shows up on the ceiling because of water running down the interior of the roof.
Choices in RV Leaks Repair
Once you’ve located the leak and verified that it’s due to a leak in the rubber or a damaged seal, and not due to a large hole in the roof of the RV, you need to consider your options for RV leaks repair. The prime choice here is liquid rubber, which is applied with a roller or a brush to the affected area. A couple of coats are usually necessary to seal it completely. However, if the damage is more serious, you’ll need to consider more in-depth repairs, and will most likely need to take the RV to a repair center.
If the leak is repairable with RV rubber roof repair products, make sure you purchase the right type. There are similar options designed for use on residential homes, and they won’t work on your RV. You also need to ensure that the product you choose is compatible with EPDM rubber roofs. Finally, double check that there are no special tools, additives or processes required. Most RV rubber roof repair products come in a kit form that includes two or three compounds that need to be used together. Make sure you have all the additives necessary. Choose how you’ll apply the rubber roof repair as well – paintbrushes work well, but larger repairs are better handled with a roller.
RV roof repair is usually something that can be handled on your own. Just make sure you have a high quality RV rubber roof repair formulation and the right tools. Of course, if you’re not comfortable doing it yourself, take your RV to a reputable repair center.