The roofing system is one of the most essential component of a mobile home's structure. Double and single wide house roofs endure snow, rain, hot weather, hailstorms, ice, tree branches, windstorms, hurricanes. twisters, and lets not overlook critters. Your roof does not only give protection to the building below. It also provides a safe haven for your family, 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 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 installations in the past were made with flat roofs or low slope roofs. Today homeowners are choosing 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. 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 aesthetic 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 begins 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 house to keep it warm. Most mobile home roofing is 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 over, you should check to see its possible to repair your manufactured home roofing system. Usually membrane roofs such as TPO and EPDM could be repaired. Most mobile home roofs in The United States are manufactured 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 preferred building material due to its flexibility. It can accommodate roofs of high and low pitches. Aluminum is light-weight and very long lasting. Most standing seam roofs are constructed out of aluminum. Aluminum roofs usually carry long manufacturer's warranties. They are easy for a contractor to install and require little 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 long run, 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 avoid 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 accumulating on your roof; due to the waters inability to drain efficiently into your gutters.
With new innovation advances, it is recommended to avoid using flat roofs on your mobile home. Flat mobile home roofing systems are synonomous with roof leaks. They are more susceptible to having problems. One of the problems with flat roofs is bad water drainage. Water has the tendency to collect 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 opt for a building material like TPO that has strong reflective attributes. Rubber asphalt roofs also have a tendency to blister as a result of the heat. This can cause roof leaks and ripples in the roofs exterior lining requiring repair.
Most newer manufactured homes are constructed with pitched roof systems. The top roof components of choice today are metal or asphalt roof shingles. Shingles have become the roof replacement 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 one layer. Your mobile home may not need a whole new roofing replacement. If you already have asphalt shingles. It is feasible 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 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 roofer 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 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 poorly installed can lead to a constant need for roof repair. That is why we do not suggest rolled rubber roofing for your mobile home.
Mobile home rubber roof coatings are an easy solution to keep your mobile home cool. This process requires adding a elastomeric coating to your roof to reflect the suns heat. This will help you with air conditioning costs. It also helps keep your roof from having roof leaks since this material will bind to the existing roof surface area to keep water out. Whenever this liquid rubber is applied around protrusions like mobile home roof vents and chimneys, it will perform 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. Another roof coating selection is latex. Latex has shown to become a more reflective coating material than asphalt. Latex will require using a primer prior to applying the actual coating. It is encouraged that you reapply a roof coating to your flat roof every few years to maintain its integrity.
Any type of roofing material that you choose for your manufactured home will need a regular repair and maintenance plan. You have to check with your roofing contractor and find out about your roofing alternatives. It is not advisable to do a roof replacement yourself. Whether or not you should use asphalt shingles, rubber roofing, or metal roofing on your manufactured 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 looking to spend. This guide should be able to give you a helping hand.