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RV Roof Maintenance Tips: 5 Ways to Prevent Roof Leaks and Damage

Old and ineffective sealant around the skylight on an RV roof.

Old and ineffective sealant around the skylight on an RV roof.

Your RV roof has been built to last, no matter who made the vehicle, but if you don’t take steps to maintain it properly, you could end up with leaks or damage. It is fast and easy to ensure your RV roof stays in great condition and serves you well, no matter where you go. Water damage due to roof leaks causes many of the problems the typical RV owner experiences during regular use. These tips will prevent damage and keep you on the road, worry free, no matter what time of year or where you are heading.

Get familiar with your roof: Water damage is one of the most common things that will derail your RV plans in a hurry. You should be familiar with your roof, what it is made from and what it looks like in its ideal state. If you do not know what your roof should look like, it will be difficult to tell anything is wrong – until you see leaks inside. Even if you don’t see an actual trickle of water in the interior, trapped moisture could still lead to mold and mildew buildup.

Keep supplies on hand: You should have a toolbox or basket just for the roof, which includes repair materials that are compatible with your roof materials. Patching materials that allow you to do a swift, temporary repair if you spot damage while you are on the road or away from home. Roof patch tape and lap sealant made of the right materials will keep the damage from getting worse until you can come in to the rv repair shop.

Clean your roof regularly (and carefully): It is easier to spot damage and the need for repairs if your RV roof is clean. Use cleaning products designed specifically for the type of roof you have. You should take safety precautions and be sure that you do not slip. RV roofs can get very slippery when wet, so caution is needed.

Inspect for damage: You should inspect your roof for damage routinely every three months. You should also perform a careful inspection if you’ve been in bad weather, the RV was struck by hail or falling branches and when you arrive back home after a trip. A quick visual inspection can help you spot and take care of small problems before they turn into large, expensive ones.

Upgrade your Roof: An aftermarket lifetime RV roof upgrade can make a dramatic difference in the comfort and longevity of your recreational vehicle. Professional installation of a FlexArmor roof can restore your damaged roof or prevent damage from happening in the first place.

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