The roof is the most essential component of a manufactured home's structure. Single and double wide home roofs withstand snow, rain, hot weather, hail storms, ice, trees, windstorms, hurricanes. tornados, and let us not forget animals. Your roof does not only protect the building below. It also provides a safe harbor for your household, which is the roofs most essential function. Mobile homes could be equipped with a few different types of roofing material. Most mobile home roofs will be manufactured with asphalt shingles or metal. Asphalt shingles are the most effective 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 homeowners are choosing to go with roofs with a higher slope for numerous 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 result in roof leaks and also accelerate the need for roof repair. There is also aesthetic 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. Often times your roof is the culprit when it comes to your house not being energy efficient. A house that is not properly insulated will cost you a lot more in heating oil, electricity, and energy costs. 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 roofing is insulated with fiberglass or spray foam. Here are some things to keep in mind when it comes to making decisions about your mobile home roofing.
Before you decide on a total roof replacement, you need to check to see its possible to repair your manufactured home roofing system. Usually membrane roofs like TPO and EPDM may be repaired. Most mobile home roofs in The US are designed with a metal or rubber roof. We will begin by discussing metal roofs first. When roofers refer to metal roofs, they usually are referring to using aluminum. Aluminum is a very popular building material because of its versatility. It can accommodate roofs of high and low slopes. 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 servicing. 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 roofers 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 avoid 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; due to the waters inability to drain properly into your gutters.
With new innovation advances, it is encouraged to avoid using flat roofs on your manufactured home. Flat mobile home roofs are synonomous with roof leaks. They are more vulnerable to having problems. Among the problems with flat roofs is poor drainage. Rain has the tendency to gather and pool on flat surfaces. On a roofing surface like shingles or metal, this can result in a roofs early degeneration. Flat roofs also have a larger surface area that is exposed to the sun's heat. That is why you should choose a building material like TPO that has strong reflective properties. Rubber asphalt roofs also tend to bubble from the heat. This can result in roof leaks and ripples in the roofs exterior lining requiring repair.
Most newer mobile homes are constructed 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 the majority of residential 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 require 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 generally done to repair leaks when asphalt roofs near the end of their functional life. TPO is one more option. TPO is a roofing membrane that is used on both high and low slope roofs. It is reflective, budget friendly, and easy for a contractor to install. It is commonly regarded 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 vary depending on materials used, the roofing contractor, and the style and size of the roof. Although roof cost is important, it is not advisable to cut costs here. A roof improperly installed can lead to a frequent need for roof repair. This is why we don't recommend rolled rubber roofing for your mobile home.
Mobile home rubber roof coatings are an easy way to keep your mobile home air-conditioned. This process entails adding a elastomeric coating to your roof to reflect the suns heat. This will help you with air conditioner expenses. It also helps keep your roof from experiencing roof leaks since this material will bind to the existing roof surface to keep water out. Once this liquid rubber is applied around protrusions like double wide roof vents and chimneys, it will perform like flashing. It is usually spread with a brush. This is a necessity for mobile homes with flat roofs. Most roof coatings are asphalt based. One other roof coating solution is latex. Latex has shown to become a more reflective coating roof material than asphalt. Latex will require the use of a primer prior to applying the actual coating. It is recommended that you reapply a roof coating to your flat roof every few years to preserve its integrity.
Any roofing material that you select for your mobile home will require a regular repair and maintenance plan. You need to consult with your roofing contractor and find out about your roofing possibilities. It is not a good idea to do a roof over yourself. If you should use asphalt shingles, rubber roofing, or metal roofing on your mobile home will quite likely be dependent on your surrounding weather conditions, the quality and years of experience of your roofer, and how much you are wanting to spend. This guide should be able to give you some assistance.