RV ROOF INSPECTION
RV roof inspection is a must in maintaining the life of your camper. Weather and time play a distinct role in your roof’s condition. Therefore, it is essential that you inspect your roof at least every spring and fall. Regular inspections will save you hundreds of dollars.
You will need—A safe way to get on your roof, a small spray bottle of non-petroleum cleaner and a rag.
Begin Your RV Roof Inspection.
Start from the rear and inspect the seam that separates the roof from the back of the camper. There should be no visible cracks in the sealant, even small ones. Pay close attention to both corners. particularly where the roof, side molding and back wall come together. This spot is notorious for leaks.
Look at the Roof Membrane
If it is dirty, spray and clean a small spot. If you see black spots or if you run your hand over the roof and there is black on your fingers, your roof membrane has reached its lifespan. On any camper of 8 plus years, this is common.
Walk Down the Camper
Inspect all the sealants around vents, skylights, antennas and any other items that are attached to the roof. There should be no cracks or mold. Ants are a sign of unwanted moisture and that there are leaks somewhere.
Inspect the Front Cap
Pay particular attention to the corners. There should be no cracks, even small ones, or mold.
Inspect Both Side Moldings
Check both sides of the trailer the entire length. Do not just spot check. There should be no cracks, separations or mold. The side molding has a plastic strip covering the screws. Push on this molding. If water comes out, it is trapped behind the molding and will find its way into your walls.
Check any seams (common on fiberglass roofs) that occur where two pieces of roof material join. These very often have inadequate sealant.
What Cleaner Not to Use
Never use a cleaner that contains petroleum solvents or citrus ingredients on your rubber or vinyl roof, as they will cause permanent damage to the surface. This would allow rain or melted snow to easily seep into seams and damage wall panels, ruin insulation and even rot framework. Mold likes to grow in these types of conditions, creating a risk of respiratory infections to those who stay in the RV.
Water also expands as it freezes. If water has seeped into cracks and seams, then freezes, it will cause further damage to your roof, leading to tears and even rips.
Installation cost for a roof is $70 per linear foot. You will not find a better bargain anywhere! If there are issues with your roof after repairs or replacement, we will fix them at no cost to you. Your complete satisfaction is always our goal!
If you find your roof has only minor issues, clean the area thoroughly and apply several beads of a self leveling sealant on the flat surfaces and a non-self leveling sealant on any vertical surface. We do not use Dicor sealants but that is what is most commonly available. Do not use silicone.
If you saw ants or mold during your inspection, your issue is most likely not minor and your roof should be reinspected by a professional. Feel free to call us at 800-249-1429.
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