The roofing system is one of the most essential component of a mobile home's structure. Single and double wide house roofs endure snowfall, rainfall, heat, hail storms, ice, tree branches, wind storms, hurricanes. tornados, and lets not over look vermin. Your roof doesn't only protect the structure below. It also provides a safe house for your household, which is the roofs most essential function. Mobile homes may be equipped with a few different varieties of roofing material. Most mobile home roofs will be manufactured with asphalt shingles or metal. Asphalt shingles are the most recommended 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 installations in the past were made with flat roofs or low slope roofs. Today home owners are opting to opt for roofs with a steeper 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 lead to roof leaks and also accelerate the need for a roof over. There is also cosmetic reasons to go with a high slope roof. This style of roof will give your mobile home a more modern look while still providing exceptional protection for the rest of the house. Many times your roof is the culprit when it comes to your house not being energy efficient. A house that is not thoroughly insulated will cost you a lot more in heating oil, electricity, and energy bills. This begins with the roof. Heat rises to the top. If your roof is not insulated, you will always find yourself raising the temperature in your home to keep it warm. Most mobile home roofs are 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 U.S. are designed 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 very popular building material due to its versatility. It can accommodate roofs of high and low inclines. Aluminum is light-weight and very durable. Most standing seam roof structures are constructed out of aluminum. Aluminum roofs usually carry long warranties. They are easy for a roofer to install and require little repair and maintenance. 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 future, because the new insulation will help prevent drafts and help you maintain the temperature in your home. Adding insulation to your metal or asphalt roof is also important to prevent 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 inability to drain properly into your gutters.
With new technology advances, it is advised to avoid using flat roofs on your mobile home. Flat mobile home roofing systems are synonomous with roof leaks. They are more vulnerable to having problems. Among the problems with flat roofs is poor drainage. Rain has the propensity to accumulate and pool on flat surfaces. On a roofing surface such as shingles or metal, this can bring about a roofs early deterioration. Flat roofs also have a larger surface area that is exposed to the sun's heat energy. That is why you should go with a material like TPO that has strong reflective attributes. Rubber asphalt roofs also tend to bubble as a result of the heat. This can cause roof leaks and ripples in the roofs exterior lining requiring repair.
Most newer mobile homes are designed with pitched roof systems. The top roof components of choice today are metal or asphalt shingles. Shingles have become the roof over material of choice for most non commercial 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 an additional layer of shingles to your original roof. This is typically done to repair leaks when asphalt roofs near the end of their useful life. TPO is an additional option. TPO is a roofing membrane that is used on both high and low slope roofs. It is reflective, reasonably priced, and easy for a contractor 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 prices of the roof will differ depending on materials used, the roofer, and the design and size of the roof. Although roof cost is important, it is not advisable to cut costs here. A roof poorly installed can result in a continual demand for roof repair. This is why we do not recommend rolled rubber roofing for your mobile home.
Manufactured home rubber roof coatings are an easy method to keep your mobile home air-conditioned. This process entails applying a elastomeric coating to your roof to reflect the suns heat. This will help you with air conditioner costs. It also helps keep your roofing system from experiencing roof leaks because this material will adhere to the existing roof surface to keep water out. When this liquid rubber is applied around protrusions like mobile home roof vents and chimneys, it will function like flashing. It is usually put on with a brush. Doing this is a necessity for mobile homes with flat roofs. Most roof coatings will be asphalt based. One other roof coating option 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 suggested that you reapply a roof coating to your flat roof every couple of years to sustain its integrity.
Any kind of roofing material that you choose for your mobile home will require a regular repair and maintenance plan. You need to consult with your roofing contractor and learn more about your roofing choices. It is not suggested to do a roof over yourself. If you should use asphalt shingles, rubber roofing, or metal roofing on your manufactured home will most likely depend on your surrounding climate conditions, the quality and expertise of your contractor, and how much you are looking to spend. This guide should be able to give you a helping hand.