It is easy to forget about maintaining your RV roof even when you are thinking of selling the vehicle. Why? Because it is out of sight and the only part of it we see is the indoor ceiling. So, as long as the ceiling looks okay, we think that the roof is fine too. But, unfortunately that is not the case. Your RV can suffer damage from rain, snow, sunlight, and aging. Proper maintenance is the only way to keep roofs damage-free before the sale. If you have a rubber roof then you need to add a couple of extra chores to the list other than just cleaning the roof once in a while. Let us discuss about how to keep the rubber roof at its best for a quick resale.
Clean the Roof
Cleaning your roof often can keep repair or replacement requirements at bay. Generally, you can clean a rubber roof three to four times a year, but if you have just been through a dusty place or are living in one, you should do it a couple of times more. While choosing the cleaning potion, stay away from anything with petroleum, citrus or harsh abrasives. Use lukewarm water and cleaning liquid (dishwasher liquid will do) to get the sap, mold and mildew off the roof. Check if the sealant is secured while cleaning the roof.
Check If It Needs a Repair
Use a ladder to get on the roof. Check if it is made for walking or not (whether it has a flat surface or not). If it is curved then do not risk standing or walking, call in the professionals to take a look. Be on the lookout for slippery areas on the roof and carefully avoid stepping on them. Even if you can see light seeping through the roof from the inside, you might not be able to isolate the cracks or tears on the roof. In this case, consider asking for professional help.
Repair or Replace the Rubber Membrane
You cannot expect a smooth sale of your RV if it has a damaged roof. So, if it needs a repair or roof replacement, you should go for it. Rubber roofs are affordable and easy to install. So, even if you need to bring in a professional to install a new roof, it would not be an expensive endeavor. However, make sure that the new repair material matches with your original roof material. Generally, experts use ethylene propylene diene monomer (EPDM) or thermal poly olefin based rubber membranes for RV roofing. But, before selecting one, you should check your RV manual or talk to your RV seller to learn which one would be best. Do not allow silicone sealant on your roof. It peels easily when dry, therefore, allowing water or outer environment to get in.
Maintaining the RV rubber roof is vital for your vehicle and it can be rewarding for people who are thinking about reselling the RV. You can even impress your potential buyers by explaining how rubber roofs are lightweight, UV resistant, and last more than a couple of decades. So, go ahead and find the best RV resale deals by keeping them well maintained.