The roof is one of the most essential component of a mobile home's structure. Single and double wide house roofs withstand snow, rainfall, heat, hailstorms, ice, tree branches, windstorms, hurricanes. tornados, and let us not forget critters. Your roof does not only safeguard the structure below. It also provides a safe harbor for your family, which is the roofs most important function. Mobile homes can be equipped with a few different types of roofing material. Most mobile home roofs will be built 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 deciding to opt for 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 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 expedite the need for roof repair. 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. 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 in your house 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 opt for a total roof replacement, you should check to see its possible to repair your mobile home roofing system. Usually membrane roofs like TPO and EPDM could 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 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 inclines. Aluminum is lightweight and very long lasting. Most standing seam roof coverings are constructed out of aluminum. Aluminum roofs usually carry long warranties. They are easy for a roofer to install and require little repairs and maintenance. When you are re-roofing your mobile home, you can also install insulation at areas that need it. If you are installing a metal roof over your existing roof, it is common practice for roofing contractors to add insulation 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 stop ice damming. Ice damming is when layers of ice form in the gap between your gutter system and your roofing shingles. Ice damming leads to water pooling on your roof; due to the waters inability to drain efficiently in to your gutters.
With new modern technology advances, it is recommended to avoid using flat roofs on your mobile home. Flat mobile home roof coverings are synonomous with roof leaks. They are more vulnerable to having problems. One of the problems with flat roofs is bad drainage. Rainwater has the tendency to accumulate and pool on flat surfaces. On a roofing surface such as shingles or metal, this can result in a roofs early degeneration. Flat roofs also have a larger surface area that is subjected to the sun's heat energy. That is why you should opt for a material like TPO that has strong reflective qualities. Rubber asphalt roofs also have a tendency to blister due to the heat. This can lead to roof leaks and ripples in the roofs exterior lining requiring repair.
Most newer manufactured homes are constructed with pitched roof systems. The top roof building materials of choice today are metal or asphalt shingles. Shingles have become the roof replacement material of choice for the majority of 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 home may not require a whole new roofing replacement. If you already 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 useful life. TPO is another 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 differ depending upon materials used, the roofing contractor, and the type 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 demand for roof repair. That is why we do not suggest rolled rubber roofing for your mobile home.
Manufactured home rubber roof coatings are an easy way to keep your mobile home cool. This process involves applying a elastomeric coating to your roof to reflect the suns heat. This will help you with air conditioner expenses. This also helps keep your roof from having 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 function 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. One other roof coating selection is latex. Latex has shown to become a more reflective coating material than asphalt. Latex will require the use of a primer before applying 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 kind of roofing material that you choose for your mobile home will need a regular repairs and maintenance plan. You should consult with your roofing contractor and learn more about your roofing alternatives. It isn't a good option 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 climate conditions, the quality and years of experience of your roofer, and how much money you are wanting to spend. This guide should be able to give you a helping hand.