The roof is one of the most essential component of a manufactured home's structure. Single and double-wide home roofs withstand snowfall, rain, heat, hail storms, ice, tree branches, windstorms, hurricanes. tornados, and lets not overlook critters. Your roof doesn't only secure the structure below. It also provides a safe haven for your household, which is the roofs most important function. Mobile homes could be equipped with a few different types of roofing material. Most mobile home roofs will be constructed with asphalt shingles or metal. Asphalt shingles are the best type of roof material to use when the home has a high pitch. 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 deciding to go with roofs with a higher incline 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. Rain 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 type of roof will give your mobile home a more modern look while still providing superior 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 expenses. This starts with the roof. Heat rises to the top. If your roof is not insulated, you will always find yourself raising the thermostat in your home to keep it warm. Most mobile home roofing is insulated with fiberglass or spray foam. Here are some things to consider when it comes to making decisions about your mobile home roofing.
Before you go for a total roof replacement, you need to check to see its possible to repair your manufactured home roof. Usually membrane roofs such as TPO and EPDM may be repaired. Most mobile home roofs in The US are built with a metal or rubber roof. We will begin by discussing metal roofs first. When contractors refer to metal roofs, they usually are referring to using aluminum. Aluminum is a popular building material due to its versatility. It can accommodate roofs of high and low inclines. Aluminum is light in weight and very resilient. Most standing seam roofs are constructed out of aluminum. Aluminum roofs usually carry long manufacturer's warranties. They are easy for a roofer 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 over time, 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 stop 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 pooling on your roof; because of the waters failure to drain efficiently in to your gutters.
With new innovation advances, it is suggested to avoid using flat roofs on your mobile home. Flat mobile home roofs are synonomous with roof leaks. They are more susceptible to having issues. Among the problems with flat roofs is inadequate drainage. Rain has the tendency to gather 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 subjected to the sun's heat. That is why you should go with a building material like TPO that has strong reflective properties. Rubber asphalt roofs also have a tendency to bubble due to the heat. This can lead to roof leaks and ripples in the roofs exterior lining requiring repair.
Most newer manufactured homes are designed with pitched roof systems. The top roof materials of choice today are metal or asphalt roof shingles. Shingles have become the roof replacement 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 just one layer. Your home may not require a whole new roofing replacement. If you already have asphalt shingles. It is possible to add another layer of shingles to your existing roof. This is commonly 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, affordable, 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 vary depending upon 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 poorly installed can lead to a frequent demand for roof repair. That is why we don't suggest rolled rubber roofing for your mobile home.
Manufactured home rubber roof coatings are an easy means 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 area to keep water out. Once this liquid rubber is applied around protrusions like manufactured home roof vents and chimneys, it will perform like flashing. It is customarily applied with a brush. That is a necessity for mobile homes with flat roofs. Most roof coatings will be asphalt based. Another roof coating alternative is latex. Latex has shown to become a more reflective coating material than asphalt. Latex will require using a primer prior to putting on the actual coating. It is suggested that you reapply a roof coating to your flat roof every couple of years to maintain its integrity.
Any type of roofing material that you select for your manufactured home will need a regular repair and maintenance plan. You must consult with your contractor and learn about your roofing possibilities. It isn't suggested to do a roof replacement yourself. Whether you should use asphalt shingles, rubber roofing, or metal roofing on your mobile home will quite likely depend upon your surrounding weather conditions, the quality and years of experience of your roofer, and how much money you are planning to spend. This guide should be able to give you a helping hand.