Where the Leaks in Your RV Roof Are Coming From

RVs are a great investment that’ll provide memory after memory of family fun for years to come. Unfortunately, though, they’re not exactly built to the same standard as a battle tank. If your RV has recently sprung a leak in the roof, you might be questioning how it got there. No worries, they’re pretty common, and we’ll help you identify where the leak could have come from. Let’s dive in!

Physical Damage

You probably already thought of this, but what sort of a list would this be without it? Physical damage is one of the more common causes of RV roof leaks. Check your roof for cracks, dents, or holes. It doesn’t always take much to create a leak, and you may have underestimated a scrape from an overhanging tree branch. If you find damage, you’ll want to patch the roof as soon as possible to prevent it from spreading further.


Your roof sits right in the elements line of sight. Sunlight bakes the roof; rain, snow, and hail pummel it into submission; temperature changes cause expansion and shrinkage. Over time, all this wear and tear can cause your roof to break down, exposing you to leaks and damage. As soon as you start to identify weathering, we recommend applying an elastomeric roof coating to help prolong the life of your RV’s roof and seal any already existing damage.

Loading Cargo

If you have a larger RV, it’s probably likely that you’ve stored some cargo up there at least a few times. There isn’t anything inherently wrong with using your top space to load cargo, but you should be careful when doing so. Overloading your roof with heavy cargo can cause the roof to deteriorate faster. Carelessly dropping your luggage onto the top of the roof can cause dents (i.e. weak spots), scratches, or even punctures. Ideally, you don’t want to put anything heavier than a person on top of your RV, so throwing heavy bags up onto the roof can cause damage you may be overlooking.

Racks and Decoration

While it might sound counterintuitive, that rack you installed on the roof to solve the problems we just mentioned might also be causing some problems. Anything bolted into the roof—whether it’s a luggage rack or decorative stylings—can lead to leaks over time. You’ll need to seal the area where you’ve bolted the rack to the roof to prevent water seeping in and causing untold damage.


This goes hand in hand with weathering, but your RV doesn’t have to be sat out in the open to deteriorate over time slowly. As your RV ages, the materials used to construct the roof will slowly but surely begin to wear away. Just like any vehicle, as your RV begins to age, you’ll find small signs that it needs maintenance. Of course, staying on top of repairs is a great way to keep father time far away from your recreational vehicle. Repairing, restoring, and replacing your RV’s roof with rubber EPDM roofing is a sure-fire way to get more life than you’ll ever need out of your RV at an affordable price.


If your RV roof has started leaking, don’t panic; it’s not the end of the world. Quickly identifying the problem and fixing it with either a new EPDM roof, an elastomeric roof coating, and some basic sealants can help protect your roof and add years more use to your RV. With so many other working parts to worry about in an RV, don’t let something as simple as the roof become a hassle.

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