The roof is the most essential component of a mobile home's structure. Double and single wide house roofs withstand snow, rainfall, hot weather, hail storms, ice, tree branches, wind storms, hurricanes. twisters, and let us not overlook pests. Your roof does not only guard 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 most recommended 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 installations 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 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 speed up 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 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 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 roofs are insulated with fiberglass or spray foam. Here are some things to think about 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 roof. Usually membrane roofs like TPO and EPDM may be repaired. Most mobile home roofs in The U.S. are assembled 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 flexibility. It can accommodate roofs of high and low pitches. Aluminum is light-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 roofer 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 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 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 inability to drain properly in to your gutters.
With new technology advances, it is advised to avoid using flat roofs on your mobile home. Flat mobile home roof coverings are synonomous with roof leaks. They are more susceptible to having problems. One of the problems with flat roofs is bad drainage. Rain has the propensity to gather and pool on flat surfaces. On a roofing surface such as shingles or metal, this can lead to 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 opt for a material like TPO that has strong reflective qualities. Rubber asphalt roofs also have a tendency 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 designed with pitched roof systems. The best roof 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 just one layer. Your mobile home may not require a whole new roof over. If you presently have asphalt shingles. It is feasible 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 functional life. TPO is another 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 regarded 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 upon materials used, the roofer, 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 result in a continual demand for roof repair. That is why we do not recommend rolled rubber roofing for your mobile home.
Manufactured home rubber roof coatings are an easy solution to keep your mobile home cool. This process requires applying a elastomeric coating to your roof to reflect the suns heat. This will help you with air conditioning expenses. This also helps keep your roof from having roof leaks because this material will bind 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. This is a necessity for mobile homes with flat roofs. Most roof coatings will be asphalt based. An additional roof coating selection is latex. Latex has shown to be a more reflective coating roof material than asphalt. Latex will require using 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 select for your mobile home will need a regular maintenance plan. You should check with your contractor and learn about your roofing choices. It is not a good idea to do a roof over yourself. Whether or not you should use asphalt shingles, rubber roofing, or metal roofing on your manufactured home will likely depend on your surrounding weather conditions, the quality and expertise of your roofer, and how much you are wanting to spend. This resource should be able to give you some assistance.