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How Do RV Roofs Get Damaged?

January 22, 2023

Your RV’s roof isn’t invincible, unfortunately. Between traveling the country, periods of sitting dormant or in storage, and general wear and tear over time, there are several reasons your RV roof may need an overhaul. A few of the main causes of damage to RV roofs include:

  • Environmental factors
  • Using the roof improperly
  • Lack of upkeep

No matter the cause of the damage, you want to be sure that your roof is properly repaired by a reputable repair shop. A roof that has seen its better days, combined with low-quality servicing is a recipe for disaster as far as the longevity of your RV goes.

Environmental Factors

Whether you live in north Texas or just happen to be traveling through, you’ll quickly realize that weather can be unpredictably moody. From harsh UV rays and sunshine beating down on your RV to hailstorms, the threat of lightning, and even temperature fluctuations, your RV roof has a lot of environmental factors to contend with.

UV rays can cause the roofing material to warp and crack, to ultimately deteriorate over time, and if you’re caught in a windstorm, even the force of the wind could be strong enough to move your RV, causing sealant cracks, which is an invitation for water leaks. To top it off, if you go through extreme temperature changes, the temperature alone might be enough to cause your sealant to crack!

man looking at his rv with severe roof damage

Improper Use Of The Roof

Trusting your RV roof to hold more weight than is meant for it is another main cause of damage to your RV’s roof. Using the roof to store heavy items such as bicycles or generators can put excessive stress on the roof and lead to damage. The weight of these items can cause the roof to sag or even collapse over time!

While standing or walking on the roof might not be entirely off-limits, these habits can still cause damage to the roofing material and sealant. This is especially true if you or the person on the roof happens to be wearing shoes with hard soles or if they are carrying heavy items. Excess weight on the roof is a no go, no matter what form it comes in.

Lack Of Maintenance

One of the biggest indicators of whether your roof will sustain damage is the amount of maintenance you put into it. Maintenance doesn’t have to take up all your free time or cost an arm and a leg, but regular maintenance and inspections can help identify and address potential issues before they become major problems.

What may start off as a small leak can turn into a huge issue if left undetected, over time causing water damage to your RV’s interior, mold and mildew growth and even structural damage. A lack of regular cleaning and maintenance can cause roof materials to deteriorate over time, resulting in cracking, warping, and fading and sealant issues going unnoticed. Over time, the sealant can dry out, crack, and lose its effectiveness, leading to leaks. Even ignoring debris such as leaves and twigs to accumulate on the roof can trap moisture against the roof and accelerate the deterioration of the roofing material.

Need A Roof Repair Quick? Elite RV Has You Covered

We understand, accidents happen and sometimes even for well-meaning RV owners, maintenance just goes by the wayside in the midst of life, family and responsibilities. That’s why we at Elite RV Roof & Collision take pride in providing second to none repair services specializing in RV roofs. We know the ins and outs of RV roof repair and are confident we can provide you the best service in the area. Call us today at 682-802-9619 to schedule your free roof inspection!

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