A Certified RV Inspector typically looks for several key elements when inspecting an RV roof:
1. Leaks: Inspectors check for any signs of water leaks, such as water stains, discoloration, or soft spots on the roof surface. They may also use moisture meters or thermal imaging cameras to detect hidden leaks.
2. Cracks or Damage: They inspect the entire roof surface for any cracks, tears, or punctures, as well as any signs of damage caused by branches, hail, or other impacts. These can weaken the roof structure or allow water penetration.
3. Sealants and Caulking: Inspectors check the condition of all sealants and caulking around vents, skylights, air conditioners, antennas, and other roof penetrations. They look for signs of deterioration, cracking, or gaps that may allow water intrusion.
4. Roof Material Integrity: Depending on the type of roof material (such as rubber, fiberglass, aluminum, or TPO), inspectors evaluate its overall condition. They check for bubbling, warping, peeling, or delamination that may compromise the roof’s integrity.
5. Roof Ventilation: Proper ventilation is crucial to prevent heat and moisture buildup in an RV. Inspectors ensure that roof vents and fans are functioning correctly and that any covers or caps are in good condition.
6. Antennas and Satellite Dishes: They inspect the mounting and condition of antennas and satellite dishes on the roof, ensuring they are securely attached and properly sealed to prevent leaks.
7. Awnings: If the RV has an awning, inspectors check its attachment to the roof and verify that it operates smoothly.
8. Skylights: They inspect skylights for cracks, sealant integrity, and proper functioning, ensuring that they open and close correctly.
9. Solar Panels: If the RV has solar panels installed on the roof, inspectors check their mounting, wiring, and overall condition.
Following the inspection, the Certified RV Inspector will provide a report detailing any issues found and may recommend necessary repairs or maintenance to ensure the roof’s longevity and prevent future problems.