RV Roof Sealant Replacement
Investing in your RV is a great way to extend its life and give you more freedom and flexibility to travel as well! Updates and maintenance can add up, but taking care of the ‘little things’ before they become the big things is key to avoiding irreparable damage. Checking your RV roof sealant is one of those little things that, if left unnoticed or untreated, could cause you a headache in the long run.
Next time your RV is due for a roof sealant replacement, there’s no need to worry about a complicated, drawn-out process. There are three steps that go into taking care of your new sealant job to guarantee it will be long-lasting:
- Preparing the surface by removing dirt and debris
- Applying the sealant concisely
- Inspecting and maintaining the sealant regularly
Preparing the Surface For Sealant
Before applying the new sealant, it is important to make sure the old sealant has been completely removed. Whether it’s cracked, crusty or bits and pieces of sealant have fallen off, you want to be sure the area is free from any remnants, dirt or other debris before applying the new sealant. You can remove old sealant by using a sealant remover or solvent, to soften it up and scrape it away. Once the space is clear and dry, it’s time to apply the new sealant!
If the sealant was cracked or missing, it should be repaired or replaced as soon as possible to prevent leaks. Check around any of these areas to make sure there is no water damage below the surface that might not be readily apparent.
Applying The Sealant
The sealant application process in and of itself is a fairly straightforward one. Professional RV repair shops generally follow these steps to get a perfect seal each and every time:
- Prep the surface for sealing
- Mix the sealant according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Be sure to use the appropriate ratio of sealant to hardener
- Apply sealant to the specified area, making sure to go slow enough to prevent air bubbles from forming
Allow the sealant to dry completely before using your RV again to guarantee that the sealant has had a chance to solidify. RV sealant should be checked about every 6 months or after every big trip to diagnose any new damage and prevent any leakage or water threats to your rig.
Maintaining And Inspecting The Sealant
Maintenance might feel like a never ending cycle as an RV owner, but it’s always better to take a little extra time to make sure issues are taken care of than to let them pile up and wreak havoc on your RV. Take time for regular visual inspections of your RV’s roof sealant, looking for any signs of wear and tear, or damage. Cracking or peeling should be addressed immediately, since what may start as a small crack or peel can easily grow into a big issue.
To clean the sealant you can make a solution with mild detergent and water and gently wipe around the sealant to remove any dirt buildup. You can also invest in a specialized sealant cleaner if you’d like to make extra sure your seals stay free from dirt in-between uses. Check the sealant around any vents, edges, or other areas where the roof meets the sides of the RV. These points can be especially prone to damage and should be inspected regularly.
RV Roof Sealant Replacement By Elite RV
Roof sealant replacement should make it on your to-do list at least once a year, but for sure any time you notice cracks starting to form or your current sealant chipping. You don’t need to shoulder the burden of repair all on your own though. At Elite RV Roof and Collision, we specialize in RV roof care and know the ins and outs of what good care looks like. Give us a call today to schedule your free RV roof inspection and we’ll get you on the road to a good-as-new roof in no time!