Whether it’s your weekend warrior or you’ve retired and decided to hit the road in a semi-permanent fashion, your RV is your home away from home. It is both a means of enjoying recreation and an investment. Part of ensuring that your RV doesn’t need Liquid Roof RV repair or other repairs in the short term is knowing the steps to take for proper care.
Clean It Properly
The roof of your RV is definitely out of sight, but it should not be out of mind. You’ll need to ensure that it is cleaned properly, on a regular basis. Use a mild cleaner to get dirt, debris and stains off the roof when needed, and make sure to use a soft brush that will not damage the roofing.
Note that you should never use any cleaning product derived from petroleum, or any abrasive cleaners. It should go without saying, but be safe when getting on the roof. Of course, you’ll need to use care when on the roof – walk lightly.
Inspect It Regularly
Part of RV roof care is a regular inspection. You’re looking for a number of things during these inspections, too.
- Dips or Ponding Areas: Keep an eye out for areas of the roof that are lower than the surrounding roof. These can trap and retain moisture for long periods. Ponded water can put a great deal of weight on your RV’s roof, eventually causing it to leak.
- Signs of Damage: While inspecting the roof, keep your eyes open for signs of damage to the roofing material. This may be cuts, nicks or scratches from fallen limbs or other debris, or it could be aging rubber pulling up from the underlayment.
- Peeling Paint or Caulk: Any peeling paint or aging caulk can lead to a leak in your RV. Watch for signs of deterioration and aging.
- Signs of Leaks: This one is best handled from inside the RV, although you may need to combine it with an external inspection, too. Look for signs of water damage inside the vehicle, including water spots on the ceiling, stains on the walls (including within cabinets), and more.
Know When It’s Time to Replace It
While your RV should last you for a very long time, the roof may not last the life of the vehicle. In fact, it’s a good bet that it won’t. Regular exposure to moisture, direct sunlight, the freeze/thaw cycle, wind and debris will eventually shorten the roof’s lifespan. Make sure you know when it’s time to replace it.
Once that time arrives, make sure that you use the right replacement option. For most situations, that will be Liquid Roof RV repair. Liquid Roof is the liquid equivalent of EPDM rubber, which is used in an incredibly broad number of applications to repair leaks and renew the life of roofs.
While Liquid Roof RV repair can be installed on your own, it pays to let a professional handle it to ensure that it is applied correctly and evenly.