The RV rubber roof is one of the most overlooked maintenance chores. Maybe because it is on the roof and we don’t see it, or maybe because it doesn’t affect the running of your motorhome. Whatever the reason, it is important to ensure that you perform RV roof service annually to prevent needing repairs. RV roof repairs are among the most expensive repair costs and can be avoided with preventative maintenance.

RV Roof Repair and Preventative Maintenance

One of the easiest parts of RV roof maintenance is something that you can do at home —clean it! Depending on where you store your RV, your roof should be cleaned three to four times a year. You can sweep and then mop the rubber roof with warm water and rubber roof cleaner or dish soap, never use petroleum-based cleaners as this can damage the rubber and make your problems worse! It is a good idea to rinse the sides of your RV before cleaning the roof so that the cleaning products run right off the side with the moisture from the rinse, rather than sticking to the sides of your RV, damaging the protective coating. If you store your RV in a covered area or you use a protective cover, you may not have to clean as frequently. If you have areas that have sap, mold, or mildew, you may have to clean several times.


Roof Inspection

At least annually, and ideally at the beginning of the travel season, you should inspect the sealants on your RV roof and your roof seams. Check these areas to make sure they are still sealed and not leaking. Check on any skylights, vents, and your ladder to ensure they are also working well and free of mold and debris.

UV Protection

Depending on the type of RV roof you have will determine the type of UV protectant that is used. UV damage from the sun constantly beating down on your motorhome is incredibly damaging to the roof’s material. To help extend the life of your roof as well as help it look shiny and healthy!

RV Repair in Denver

Mericle RV is your full-service RV services and repair shop in Fort Lupton. In addition to a full range of routine maintenance services, we offer preventative maintenance for your RV’s rubber roof as well as custom fabrication. If your RV needs service, contact us to schedule your appointment today!

RV Roof Maintenance by Type

RVs come standard with one of four types of roofs — aluminum, fiberglass, thermoplastic olefin (TPO) rubber, or ethylene propylene diene monomer (EPDM) rubber. Because fiberglass and aluminum roofs add quite a bit of weight to your rig, most RVs are equipped with a rubber roof. To figure out your roof maintenance schedule and requirements, the first step is identifying what kind of roof your RV has.

Aluminum and Fiberglass RV Roof

Aluminum and fiberglass RV roofs are relatively low maintenance and easy to care for. You’ll need to clean it regularly with specialized cleaners and inspect the roof for any leaks or seals. If you do identify a weak spot or a break in the roof, it is important to take it to your local RV service center to have it repaired as soon as possible to avoid further damage.

TPO Rubber RV Roof

TPO is less porous than an EPDM roof and will therefore not absorb dirt or mold as readily. This means that this roof type requires slightly less maintenance than its EPDM counterpart. However, rubber roofs, in general, require more maintenance than any other type of roof. The first step to rubber roof maintenance is to avoid damage to begin with. Rubber roofs are fairly thin, which helps contribute to a lower load weight, but means that they are more susceptible to injury. Avoid low-lying branches or scraping anything on your roof. Your rubber roof should be cleaned regularly using a non-abrasive cleaner and soft-bristled brush. You can then apply a sealant to any weak areas.

EPMD Rubber RV Roof

EPMD rubber is lightweight and relatively inexpensive, but this means it requires the most maintenance of all! EPDM rubber is highly porous, which means it can easily mold, stain, and oxidize over time. To help prevent these natural processes from creating damage, it is important to clean your rubber RV roof every three to four months. While cleaning your rubber RV roof with a non-abrasive cleaner and soft-bristle brush, you can inspect the roof for damage. Be careful, EPMD roofs tend to be very slippery when wet! Should you find any weak areas, you can use a special sealant, and if you find damage, it is important to visit your nearest RV service shop to have it repaired right away!

Regardless of what kind of RV roof you have, it is important to take care of it. Avoid walking on it, unless you need to. Ensure you protect it by using a tarp or protective barrier if you store items on top of your motorhome. When you are storing your RV for the off-season, be sure to use an RV cover to help protect the entire exterior. A good, sturdy roof will help extend the life of your motorhome, so help keep it in tip-top shape!

For all of your RV roofing needs in Denver, contact us at Mericle RV. We are a full-service RV service shop and can perform a variety of RV roofing services, including:
RV roof installation
RV roof inspections
RV roof repair
RV roof replacements
RV roof accessory (ladders, racks, vents) installation

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