Regular Inspections are Important To Prevent Roof Damage In An RV

Just like any building, regular inspections and maintenance are necessary in keeping an RV roof in tip top shape. An RV roof has some unique things going on that a regular building does not. First of all, your RV is a moving vehicle. You hit potholes and bumps on a regular basis. This causes vibrations that transmit through the vehicle, including your roof. This vibration effect can loosen the sealant on the roof and eventually lead to gaps that can leak. In addition, gaps can form where your skylights or AC units are mounted causing leaks that can eventually lead to big problems. Leaks might be very slow at first and not even noticeable. The truth is that the leaks could be forming mold or slowly decaying the wood around the area where the leak is. It might be a long time before you actually see any of the damage and sometimes by then it is too late.

Weather is another issue that can slowly deteriorate a roof on an RV. The effects of rain, wind snow, ice, cold and heat will eventually take a toll on the integrity of the roof. Remember that while you are driving, you have the wind effects accelerated simply by moving along at 50 mph. This is even more pronounced if you are traveling in bad weather such as rain or snow. The effects of the moisture coupled with the wind created from driving can open cracks in the sealant that can eventually cause damage to the RV.

One weather condition I have not yet mentioned is sun. Even if you are traveling in picture perfect weather on a warm sunny day, those UV rays from the sun can be heating up your roof which expands the components, Then at night when the sun goes down, those same components retract. When this action repeats on a daily basis over time, the sealant is going to get gaps and the roof will need to be resealed. Most people wait till they have leaks before getting this important maintenance done but being pro active can prevent damage from happening in the first place.

So what can you do to help prevent this type of RV damage? Firstly, always look for signs of wear on the roof and pay special attention to areas around AC units, roof racks and roof vents. Pay special attention to places where solar panels might be installed. Sometimes the sealant around the fasteners for the panels can shrink or crack and cause a potential leak.

So what about cleaning? it is a known fact that keeping your RV roof clean can help extend it’s life. Cleaning helps to remove mold and other contaminants that can easily shorten the life of your roof. Mold can really take a toll and help to prematurely break down the roof components that can eventually lead to a roof failure. Regular cleaning can help to lessen this effect so you can get many more years of life from your roof.

One of the most important things to do with your roof is to have it resealed on a regular basis. using a good quality sealer like Di core can almost insure that you will have a trouble free roof if you have it done on a regular basis. You should have your roof inspected by a professional at least once a season and have it resealed once every two years.