The roof is easily the most essential component of a mobile home's structure. Single and double-wide house roofs withstand snowfall, rainfall, hot weather, hail storms, ice, trees, wind storms, hurricanes. tornados, and let us not over look vermin. Your roof doesn't only give protection to the structure below. It also provides a safe haven for your family members, which is the roofs most important function. Mobile homes may be equipped with a few different varieties of roofing material. Most mobile home roofs will be constructed with asphalt shingles or metal. Asphalt shingles are the most ideal type of roof material to use when the home has a high slope. This is also known as a high slope roof. Most mobile home roofing systems in the past were made with flat roofs or low slope roofs. Today home owners are choosing to go with roofs with a steeper incline for a few good reasons. Flat roofs do not drain water away from the house like high slope roofs. Flat roofs also have a much shorter life cycle for this reason. Rainwater has the potential to pool up on a flat roof. This can lead to roof leaks and also expedite the need for a roof over. There is also cosmetic reasons to go with a high slope roof. This type of roof will give your mobile home a more modern look while still providing superior protection for the rest of the home. Many times your roof is the culprit when it comes to your house not being energy efficient. A house that is not adequately insulated will cost you a lot more in heating oil, electricity, and energy bills. This starts with the roof. Heat rises to the top. If your roof is not insulated, you will always find yourself raising the temperature level in your home to keep it warm. Most mobile home roofs are insulated with fiberglass or spray foam. Here are some things to consider when it comes to making decisions about your mobile home roof.
Before you go for a total roof over, you should check to see its possible to repair your mobile home roofing system. Usually membrane roofs such as TPO and EPDM may be repaired. Most mobile home roofs in The U.S. are built with a metal or rubber roof. We will begin by discussing metal roofs first. When roofing contractors refer to metal roofs, they usually are referring to using aluminum. Aluminum is a preferred building material due to its flexibility. It can accommodate roofs of high and low pitches. Aluminum is light in weight and very strong. Most standing seam roof structures are constructed out of aluminum. Aluminum roofs usually carry long manufacturer's warranties. They are easy for a contractor to install and require little upkeep. When you are re-roofing your mobile home, you can also install insulation at places that need it. If you are installing a metal roof over your existing roof, it is common practice for roofing contractors to add insulation in between your original and new roof. This saves money in the long run, because the new insulation will help prevent drafts and help you maintain the temperature in your house. Adding insulation to your metal or asphalt roof is also important to reduce ice damming. Ice damming is when layers of ice form in the gap between your gutter system and your roofing shingles. Ice damming results in water accumulating on your roof; because of the waters failure to drain properly in to your gutters.
With new innovation advances, it is encouraged to avoid using flat roofs on your manufactured home. Flat mobile home roofing systems are synonomous with roof leaks. They are more prone to having issues. One of the problems with flat roofs is inadequate drainage. Water has the propensity to accumulate and pool on flat surface areas. On a roofing surface such as shingles or metal, this can bring about a roofs early degeneration. Flat roofs also have a larger surface area that is subjected to the sun's heat. That is why you should opt for a component like TPO that has strong reflective qualities. Rubber asphalt roofs also tend to blister as a result of the heat. This can result in roof leaks and tears in the roofs exterior lining requiring repair.
Most newer mobile homes are manufactured with pitched roof systems. The premier roof building materials of choice today are metal or asphalt roof shingles. Shingles have become the roof over material of choice for most home applications. Shingles are relatively easy to install, they can last 25-30 years, and they add an aesthetic beauty to your home improvement project. A shingle roof can have more than one layer. Your mobile home may not need a whole new roof over. If you presently have asphalt shingles. It is possible to add one more layer of shingles to your original roof. This is normally done to repair leaks when asphalt roofs near the end of their functional life. TPO is another option. TPO is a roofing membrane that is used on both high and low slope roofs. It is reflective, affordable, and easy for a roofer to install. It is commonly referred to as rubber roofing. Usually you will have two roofing options. Either repair your roof or replace your roof. The installation costs of the roof will differ depending upon materials used, the roofing contractor, and the design and size of the roof. Although roof cost is important, it is not advisable to cut costs here. A roof improperly installed can result in a constant need for roof repair. That is why we do not recommend rolled rubber roofing for your mobile home.
Mobile home rubber roof coatings are an easy way to keep your mobile home cool. This process entails adding a elastomeric coating to your roof to reflect the suns heat. This will help you with air conditioning costs. This also helps keep your roofing system from experiencing roof leaks since this material will bind to the existing roof surface area to keep water out. When this liquid rubber is applied around protrusions like manufactured home roof vents and chimneys, it will perform like flashing. It is customarily put on with a brush. That is a necessity for mobile homes with flat roofs. Most roof coatings are asphalt based. Another roof coating selection is latex. Latex has shown to be a more reflective coating material than asphalt. Latex will require the use of a primer prior to putting on the actual coating. It is advised that you reapply a roof coating to your flat roof every few years to sustain its integrity.
Any type of roofing material that you pick for your manufactured home will need a regular repair and maintenance plan. You must talk to your roofing contractor and learn more about your roofing choices. It is not advised to do a roof replacement yourself. Whether you should use asphalt shingles, rubber roofing, or metal roofing on your mobile home will most likely be dependent on your surrounding weather conditions, the quality and expertise of your roofer, and how much you are wanting to spend. This overview should be able to give you a helping hand.