Taking good care of your RV roof is key for having lots of fun when you are camping or on the road. You want your RV to be a cozy shelter from the elements, and that means you need a leak-free roof. You can DIY your roof leaks repair, and it’s not as hard as you may think. In fact, there are six things you can do on your own that are affordable, and that will work to patch up most roof leaks. Repair these right away to avoid bigger leaks that could be pricier to fix.
1. Have an emergency go-to
If you are out on a camping trip and your roof starts to leak around a skylight or vent, you’ll want a quick fix till you get back home. Have something like aluminum duct tape or roof repair tape on hand so that you can quickly seal the leak. This gets you home without having rain or other elements fall on your head, but it shouldn’t be thought of as a permanent fix.
2. Clean and inspect the leak properly.
The next thing you should do in a DIY roof leaks repair is to clean the area and inspect the leak very carefully. You need to know if this is something you can fix on your own, or if it’s a more serious matter. Once you’ve done this, be sure to dry the area thoroughly. All sealants and coatings need the surface to be totally dry to adhere properly.
3. Seal small leaks.
A basic sealant product can be applied to small leaks, especially those around vents or skylights where the roofing material has just pulled away a little. Be sure to clean away any old sealant or caulk that has crumbled away from the area. Apply the sealant very liberally to the area and then even it out with a brush.
4. Use a fiberglass repair patch.
If the leak is caused by a hole in the middle of the roof, from a falling limb, hail, or other damage, you need to use a patch or fiberglass repair tape to cover the hole. This is the first step to protecting your roof. After you apply this fix, you’ll want to move on to step six to fully protect your roof from future damage.
5. Caulk around the edges if the leak is at the perimeter
In many cases, the leak will be due to a rubber RV roof pulling away from the perimeter of the RV. Caulk around the edges to take care of this problem.
6. Protect your roof from future leaks.
Finally, use a protective coating like liquid EPDM to protect your RV roof from leak repair needs in the future. This is an easy final step that makes your roof nearly impenetrable for years to come, and also helps cover up unsightly repair jobs. With these six steps, you can keep your RV roof in great shape.