You Can Fix Your Damaged Rubber Rv Roof!
Since the roof of your RV is made of rubber, it’s important to remember to check it at least once a year to see if it needs cleaning or repair. It’s not difficult for a low hanging branch or any other object to puncture the membrane and allow water to leak into your RV. And water damage will do a number on things very quickly. So if you even suspect something may have poked a hole in the damaged rubber rv roof, you need to check it out.
Don’t be lulled into a false sense of security. That roof may be made of a good tough synthetic rubber and made to last a couple decades with a 10+ year warranty, but that doesn’t mean it’s puncture proof. Or wear proof, for that matter.
Over the years, your rubber roof will develop a chalky surface, which is perfectly normal. But you do need to remember to clean it now and again to reduce that buildup. This will help extend the life of the rubber in addition to improving its aesthetic value. If you don’t want to use the roof cleaner recommended by the manufacturer, mild laundry soap is also safe. Just make sure you stay away from abrasive and solvent based cleaners. Those will damage the rubber.
If something does puncture the roof, there’s a wide array of patch kits available on the market. They contain a square of material as well as the right adhesives and sealers needed to make the repair. Sealing tape is another option to fortify the patch.
Don’t forget to occasionally check the roof’s seams and seals as well. You’re more likely to encounter leaks there than a punctured roof if proper upkeep practices aren’t kept. The chalking material used as a sealant eventually weathers and cracks and will need touching up. A simple tube sealer will fill in those weak spots before they get a chance to leak.