If you notice issues with the roof coating on your RV, you might be wondering whether it’s time for a replacement or if you might just need some minor repairs. Typically, the lifespan of an RV roof is around 20 years. During that time, of course, it may experience some leaks and wear that could lead to a need for repairs. There are a lot of things that you can do to protect and extend the life of your RV roof, including keeping the coating, or sealant, fresh and in good condition at all times.
You can choose a few different options for your roof coating for RV roof repair or replacement, but they are all going to be synthetic rubber materials that are designed to last about 3-5 years before they need a fresh coat. Aside from the passage of time, of course, there are certainly some ways to identify whether your roof simply needs a new coating or if it has other repair issues that need to be addressed.
Leaks are the Obvious Problem
Of course, if you’re experiencing leaks from your roof, there’s an issue that needs to be addressed. Of course, it may or may not actually be your coating or roof sealant that is leaking, but another area of the roof or the actual material of the RV itself, whether it be aluminum, fiberglass, or another material. Small leaks are usually an easy fix and may not require a full re-coat. However, it’s when you get up on the roof and start investigating where the leaks are coming from that you may find other issues that point to the concern that your roof sealant may, in fact, need to be reapplied.
Leaks can happen from tears, weather damage, rocks or debris scraping the roof coating (in extreme situations where you don’t regularly care for and clean your RV), and many other issues. The first thing that you need to do is to determine where the leak is coming from. Once you do that, you’ll be able to decide what the appropriate course of action will be.
Repairs or Re-coating?
If you notice obvious signs of damage, such as tears of the entire roof membrane or a crack near a vent or other flashing, you will want to get those repaired as soon as possible. However, if you have investigated and can’t find a specific area of damage or a physical replacement that can solve the problem, usually a simple replacement of your RV roof sealer will do the trick.
The good news here is that just about anyone can apply the liquid RV roof coating products available on the market today, making it an easy weekend project for even the novice RV owner or DIYer. You can purchase roof sealant online or at local RV or home improvement stores, and depending on the size of your RV, the application should take less than a day’s work. You can also break it up into multiple days, with one for prep and one for the actual application, to make it even easier.
Better Safe than Soaked
If your RV roof is more than a few years old and you’re not sure the last time that you re-sealed it, now is the time. Since sealants and roof coating products typically last for 3-5 years, you should get used to the idea of replacing yours as part of routine maintenance. It may not be required every time you find an issue, but in many cases, it does resolve a lot of leaks, small tears, and other issues that may pop up over time.