RV roofs tend to get a lot of attention as they are especially susceptible to sun and environmental damage, which can create problems that often go unseen because we simply don’t get up there on a regular basis.
Different Types of RV Roof
The most common type of RV roofing is ethylene diene monomer (EPDM). It comes standard with most RVs, particularly travel trailers and campers, as it’s a lighter material, but it does take a little more love and care when it comes to maintenance. Fibreglass and aluminium roofs are low maintenance but they can increase the cost of your RV and add more weight to your vehicle. Identifying the type of RV roof that you have is an important step to roof maintenance.
If you’re unsure as to what type of roof you have, consult your owner’s manual. If you can’t find your manual, simply stop by Rosman RV and we’ll be able to identify it for you.
Care & Maintenance
Replacing and repairing an RV roof can easily cost into the thousands so care and maintenance is essential. One of the best, and simplest, things you can do is to use a traditional RV cover. This will help increase the lifespan of your roof, particularly while your RV is parked up during the off-season.
If you’re a full time RVer than the best thing you can do is have your RV roof cleaned, and your seals checked on a regular basis. We recommend twice a year and the Rosman RV Service Department will be happy to help you. While we always insist that it’s better to have a professional service technician clean your roof, here are a few helpful tips if you want to give it a try yourself:
- Inspect – Look for any weak seams, cuts in the roof, and any sealants that look like they’re degrading.
- Prepare – Clear the roof of any debris, dust, and ensure it’s completely dry before beginning to work on it.
- Select Your Products – This is where it’s important to know what kind of roof you have because you need to make sure you’re using the right cleaner, sealants, and materials for your specific type of roof.
- Follow the Directions on Your Products Carefully – Allow enough time to cure, set, and dry.
- Things to Remember – Inspect all skylights, AC units, vents, and ladders as they have a habit of attracting mold, dirt, and crack over time. It’s recommended that you don’t seal around your AC unit as it may disrupt the condensation drainage system and cause moisture issues inside your RV.
If you’d prefer a service professional to take care of your roof maintenance, call our service department at 1-800-667-0024 or click HERE to book your next appointment.