How To Fix Roof Leaks On RV’s & Motor Homes
Camper roofs, like many flat roofs on houses, are generally made of a rubber roofing material stretched across the top of the motor home. Because you often don’t use the camper for large stretches of time, a small leak can go undetected and do a lot of damage to the inside of your RV before you realize you have a problem. An RV roof repair job can be challenging, but owners can generally fix a small hole or tear without the help of a roofing contractor.
About Camper Roofs
Most camper roofs have only the curve at the edge and therefore are apt to collect water, making them prone to leaks.Older RV’s may have solid aluminum roofs, but most modern camper roofs are made of stretched rubber roofing material over aluminum. Motor home roofs come in all shapes and sizes, and it may be best to do your homework before you begin the
How to do a Camper Roof Repair
It’s a good idea to only try a camper roof repair if the hole or puncture is small. You’ll need an RV roof repair kit or a sheet of rubber roofing material and some rubber primer. Once you have located all the areas that may need to be repaired, wash the area thoroughly and allow it to dry.
The next step is to cut a square piece of rubber roofing material that is at least six inches larger than the damaged area on all sides. Slather a liberal amount of rubber primer along the edges where you’ll be placing the patch and quickly, but precisely, lower the patch in place. Apply a little more primer to seal the edges and allow the patch to dry for at least 24 hours in the sun.
Maintaining The Roof On Your Recreation Vehicle
Keeping you camper or RV roof leak-free requires regular maintenance. Most manufacturers recommend sealing your camper roof once a year. In addition, you should visually inspect the roof and clear it of access debris and leaves at least every six months. Avoid parking the vehicle under low-hanging branches as these may puncture the roof’s membrane. Do your best not to walk on your camper’s roof unless you‘re doing your bi-annual maintenance. Your steps can break the roof’s seal. Park the motor home in a garage or other well-covered facility during the snowy winter months so that the heavy snow doesn’t compromise the roof. It’s worth the money to rent a garage if you don’t have one yourself.
Do You Need a Professional Roofing Company?
Don’t be frustrated if your camper roof repair job is beyond your scope or skill level. Camper roofs can be tricky and if not properly sealed can lead to a host of inside problems, including damage to your camper’s interior. If in doubt, be smart and hire a reputable roofing company with experience working on camper roofs. By doing so you could save yourself a lot of precious time and money.