Many RVs are manufactured with rubber roofs, which have a variety of benefits. But even so, this material needs some TLC to last through the years. Most rubber materials have porous surfaces, leaving them vulnerable to water, dirt and other particles that can get trapped in the tiny pores. This may lead to stains, mold growth or even deterioration. Here are a few tips you can use to promote the longevity of your RV’s rubber roof.
Exterior inspection: Visually inspecting your rubber roof—as well as the entire exterior of your RV—on a regular basis helps you catch minor issues before they become bigger, more expensive problems. Keep an eye out for tears and cracks, along with gaps in the sealant around roof seams. The most common places for rubber roofs to spring leaks are around roof vents, air conditioning units, slide outs, ladders and other accessories.
Maintenance and repairs: Rubber roofs can begin to corrode after too much exposure to the elements and UV rays. You can keep your roof in better shape by thoroughly washing it every few months. Sealants are also available to help repair small cracks or blemishes, along with seal tape to cover large seams in the roof.
Interior inspection: If your rubber roof does begin to leak, it can affect the interior of your RV. It’s a good idea to visually inspect the interior of the vehicle for signs of water damage. Feel along the ceiling and walls for any soft spots, especially if you see wrinkling in wall paper or rust colored stains. Check any areas that appear discolored as well.
While normal wear and tear is your responsibility, a comprehensive RV insurance policy can come in handy for a variety of possible damages, including some cases of water damage. Check with your independent insurance agent for the details of your policy.
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