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Everything You Need to Know About RV Roof Repair

Repairing your RV Roof is an important task that you should take seriously. Your roof is the only thing separating you from the elements, and that's why it needs to be in tip-top shape. Whether you need to repair, seal, or replace your roof, our guide has all the info you need for a successful roof repair!

RV Roof Repair: 

  • Check your roof. Using a ladder or binoculars, you will easily be able to identify any damage or holes. 
  • Look at the shingles on your roof with regards to color and shade; they might need replacing.If you identify any signs of shingle damage, clean off any dirt or loose shingle fragments, and contact a professional. 
  • Identify areas where repairs are needed with regards to fixing, sealing, or replacing.

RVs are made of many different types of roofing materials. Rubberized asphalt shingles are the most popular type of roofing material, they are usually found in black or grey colors. They also come with a protective layer for waterproofing. Metal roofs have become more popular because they are fire-resistant and durable. Fiberglass is another option for replacements because it is lightweight and can resist moisture well.

D-I-Y RV Roof Repair

The following are steps to take when you need to do a roof repair:

  1. Ensure that the RV is level and safely parked.
  2. Remove any objects or debris from around your RV.
  3. Inspect the roof to determine which areas need attention.
  4. Pry up loose shingles and inspect them for damage.
  5. Repair any broken shingles, and apply a new layer of sealant over weak spots (make sure all surfaces are clean).
  6. If there are missing or loose shingles, remove or replace them as needed after cleaning out old nails.
  7. Lastly, ensure that water can still drain off the repaired area. 


If after following these steps, you realize the damage is worse than you thought, you may be in need of a roof replacement. In this case, here are some tips for removal:

  1. Build a frame around the RV with wood to support it so that it does not topple over while being worked on
  2. Raise the RV on jacks to have more working space underneath.
  3. Remove all furniture or appliances from under the RV. 
  4. Lastly, ensure that you use only high-quality materials when doing any repairs.

Other RV Roof Repair Options

Repairing your RV Roof whenever it becomes weak or damaged is important, as a structurally sound roof is key in keeping water out of your RV. When it comes to roof repair, you can choose between fixing, sealing, or replacing.

Fixing


Fixing refers to any temporary patches needed for the RV roof. Before repairing, check with a professional to determine if the issue was caused by something other than an actual hole in the roof. If the issue was due to loose shingles, broken seals or weather damage, getting this repaired is essential.

Sealing


Sealing means applying a sealant over old seals on your RV Roof. Applying new sealants minimizes leaking and further degradation of the original coatings. This helps prolong the life of your RV Roof - just be sure that you get the right sealants, and follow the directions to a T!

Replacing


Replacing refers to actually replacing roof shingles. This is best done with professional assistance and the right tools. It might even be necessary if your RV Roof has huge holes in it, meaning that you won't need only one patch, but several fixes or seals before replacement becomes possible or when it is needed.

RV Roof Replacement

If the problem with your roof is more serious than anything mentioned above, then it is time to replace your old roof with a new one! Replacing the entire roof will ensure that there are no leaks or further damage to your RV. 

The Ultimate Guide to RV Roof Repair

If you own a recreational vehicle, whether it's a motorhome or a camper, then your roof is one of the most important parts of it. It is the only thing that separates you from the outdoors and keeps you from getting wet from rain or snow during driving. It is also vital for keeping the interior of the RV cool during hot summer months, and warm during the winter. That's why your RV roof needs to be in good working order and shape before you take a trip. This guide will show you how to repair a few common problems with an RV roof so that you can enjoy your time on the road with minimal worries!

How to repair an RV rubber roof

One of the things that most RV users don't realize about their roofs is that many RV rubber roofs are made with asphalt shingles, metal or fiberglass. In any case, your roof is the only thing separating you from the elements that's why it needs to be in tip-top shape.

A variety of things can happen to a rubber roof that may require a repair. Here is a list of some of those things:

  1. Problems with flashing and sealant
  2. Cracks
  3. Damaged by hail

In order to have a successful roof repair, you'll need to know where your leak starts. A leak could be as small as a button-sized hole or as large as a window-sized hole. Look for wet spots that are bigger or smaller than average roofing material. Next, take a cold shower. Stand in the shower with your rubber boots on and have someone flush water over the top of your RV. If you see one area where the water comes out faster, then you know where to start looking when it comes to your repairs.

Once you have found where the leak is originating from, use a sharp blade to scrape away any old caulking around the edges of this hole until you can reach bare metal or wood. Don't forget that there may be more than just one hole, so check all areas around this that could be leaking. After you've scraped away the old caulking, apply a new bead to seal this hole. If you're not sure how much caulk to use, just add a little at a time and smooth it out with your finger or a putty knife. You want the bead to be about 1/8 of an inch wide around the edge of this area.

Next, get yourself some rubber roof repair caulk from any hardware store nearby. This material is similar to standard caulking, but has been made for use on rubber roofs so it can handle being exposed without degrading too rapidly over time. The idea here is that you want to have something that will stick well but also won't degrade in UV light over time. Just apply some caulk to the edges of this hole and smooth it out with your finger or putty knife. This might not be the most attractive job but if your roof is leaking then you'll be happy to have it done, even if there's some leftover caulking visible on the topside.

How to Repair an RV Metal Roof:

  1. Open the furnace door, and put on protective eyewear, mask, and gloves before proceeding.
  2. Inspect the roof for holes or leaks caused by peeling off paint, rusting nails, gaps in seams, etc.
  3. Remove any protruding nails that are causing leaks with a nail puller. Then replace the stripped nail hole by applying a sealant over it and then placing a new nail into place.
  4. Apply roof sealant to leaky areas with a foam brush until you create an even coat over the surface of the repaired area of the metal roof. It is recommended that you use an acrylic-based sealant.
  5. Let the sealant set for around five minutes before using a scraper tool to remove any excess or spillage that is on the roof or in the trimming band of your RV.
  6. Apply metal primer paint over the repaired area of your roof, once again allowing it to dry for around five minutes. Use a flat-edged brush to corner off the area being painted.
  7. Pour metal roof paint into a clean paint tray, then apply it with a foam roller until you create an even coat that covers all repaired areas of your RV's roof. Allow the paint to dry for around four hours before allowing anyone inside the RV or walking on the roof.
  8. Once the paint is dry, use fine-grade sandpaper to lightly remove any areas where you see brush strokes or orange peel on your rubberized metal roof. This will make it easier for you to apply a second coat of paint and smoothen out the surface of your roof.
  9. Apply a second coat of your metal roof paint using the same steps as before, but allow it to dry for a full 24 hours once you have applied it.
  10. Clean up any areas of excess paint with a wet foam brush, sponge, or cloth before allowing the RV to sit for around three days to completely cure.

How to repair an RV fiberglass roof:

1) Clean the roof with a power washer and water to remove dirt and other material. Apply spray foam and let it dry to give the fiberglass a coating for protection.

2) Measure and cut fiberglass matting to cover all the cracks, tears, and holes in the fiberglass roof.

3) Use a hot wire to cut pieces of matting that are too long or wide to fit into the places where they need to be cut. Break these pieces by hand to make them the right size.

4) Wet out fiberglass matting with resin and lay it in place. Use a roller or squeegee to push air bubbles out of the material.

5) Apply more layers until you have enough for your project. Sand smooth, clean off any dust, then prime and paint the fiberglass roof to match the rest of your recreational vehicle.

RV Roof Repair Restorers:

RV Roof Repair Restorers are professionals who specialize in repairing fiberglass RV roofs. They have the knowledge of how to repair any imbalances that may have occurred over time, use power washers to clean the roof, apply spray foam to give it a coating of protection, measure and cut pieces of matting that are too long or wide, wet out the pieces with resin, apply more layers until you have enough for your project, sanding smooth, cleaning off any dust, then priming and painting.

Conclusion

RV roofs are one of the most important parts of an RV, serving as insulation against the outside elements. Whether you need to repair your roof, seal your roof or replace your roof, this guide has all the info you need for a successful project! Contact us at Gypsy Road RVs for all your RV Roof Repair needs!