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Tips and tricks

When Was the Last Time You Inspected Your Roof?

Let RVSCSC offer you a FREE roof inspection when you bring Your RV to us!

Periodic maintenance and cleaning of your RV is necessary to retain the dependability, safety and appearance that will provide you with many miles of trouble-free operation, as well as protecting your investment.

Inspection of roof components at least twice a year is very important in order to make sure seams and seals are not cracked or worn. Proper maintenance of seals is necessary to keep moisture from entering and causing severe damage such as rot, mold or mildew. If you encounter drying, cracked or weathered seals, make sure to reseal as necessary.

It is especially important to check the seals before and after periods of extended storage or non-use. Fall and spring inspections are recommended. A mild household soap solution can be used to clean a rubber roof. Stubborn stains may require use of a scouring powder-type cleanser.

NOTE: Never use cleaners or conditioners containing petroleum solvents, harsh abrasives or citric-based cleaners. 

Cleaning, maintenance and performing minor repairs regularly is important to keeping your RV roof healthy. Before walking on the surface of your RV roof, check your owner’s manual.

  • Metal roofs are primarily found on older RVs. For metal roofs, lay plywood strips or wide boards lengthwise to distribute weight.
  • Newer RVs have rubber-coated roofs, which usually have 3/16-inch to 1/2-inch plywood or particle board sheeting that will support your weight.
  • Check shoes for abrasive materials that could damage the roof covering.

Clean your roof regularly, at least three to four times a year, and more often if you park under trees. This will prevent deterioration or staining from tree sap, bird droppings or algae and mold buildup. Regularly cleaning your roof will also reduce streaking of sidewalls.

For normal cleaning:

  • Rinse the roof with clean water to remove any loose dirt or debris.
  • Use a medium bristle brush and scrub the entire roof with a concentrated rubber roof cleaner.
  • Use a medium bristle brush and scrub the entire roof with the proper cleaner mixed with water.
  • Rinse thoroughly with clean water to avoid residue build-up on the roof or sidewalls.
  • Clean lap sealant around roof-mounted accessories with a mild soap; if additional cleaning is needed, wipe dirt build-up with a cloth dampened with mineral spirits.
  • If additional UV protection is desired, apply a Rubber Roof Protector immediately after cleaning.

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    RV Service Center Of Santa Cruz
    2525 Mission Street
    Santa Cruz, CA 95060
    Phone: 831-427-0881

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