The roof is easily the most essential component of a mobile home's structure. Double and single wide house roofs withstand snowfall, rain, heat, hail storms, ice, trees, wind storms, hurricanes. twisters, and let us not over look vermin. Your roof doesn't only shield the structure below. It also provides a safe harbor for your loved ones, which is the roofs most essential function. Mobile homes may be equipped with a few different kinds 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 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 homeowners are choosing to opt for roofs with a higher 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. Rain has the potential to pool up on a flat roof. This can result in roof leaks and also speed up the need for roof repair. 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 home. Often times your roof is the culprit when it comes to your house not being energy efficient. A house that is not adequately 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 temperature in your house to keep it warm. Most mobile home roofs are insulated with fiberglass or spray foam. Here are some things to consider when it comes to making decisions about your mobile home roof.
Before you go for a total roof replacement, you need to check to see its possible to repair your manufactured home roofing system. Usually membrane roofs such as TPO and EPDM can 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 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 roof coverings 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 areas 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 reduce 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; due to the waters failure to drain efficiently into your gutters.
With new technology advances, it is encouraged to avoid using flat roofs on your manufactured home. Flat mobile home roofing systems are synonomous with roof leaks. They are more prone to having issues. One of the problems with flat roofs is inadequate drainage. Rainwater has the propensity to accumulate 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 select 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 best roof components of choice today are metal or asphalt roof shingles. Shingles have become the roof replacement material of choice for the majority of residential 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 need a whole new roofing replacement. If you currently have asphalt shingles. It is feasible to add one more layer of shingles to your existing roof. This is generally done to repair leaks when asphalt roofs near the end of their functional life. TPO is an additional 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 vary depending on materials used, the roofing contractor, and the design and size of the roof. Although roof cost is important, it is not advisable to cut costs here. A roof improperly installed can lead to a frequent demand for roof repair. That is why we don't suggest rolled rubber roofing for your mobile home.
Mobile home rubber roof coatings are an easy solution to keep your mobile home air-conditioned. This process involves applying a elastomeric coating to your roof to reflect the suns heat. This will help you with air conditioner expenses. It also helps keep your roofing system from experiencing roof leaks because this material will bond to the existing roof surface area to keep water out. When this liquid rubber is applied around protrusions like mobile home roof vents and chimneys, it will perform like flashing. It is usually applied with a brush. Doing this is a necessity for mobile homes with flat roofs. Most roof coatings will be asphalt based. An additional roof coating choice 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 encouraged that you reapply a roof coating to your flat roof every couple of years to preserve its integrity.
Any type of roofing material that you choose for your mobile home will require a regular repairs and maintenance plan. You must consult with your roofing company and learn more about your roofing choices. It isn't sensible to do a roof over yourself. If you should use asphalt shingles, rubber roofing, or metal roofing on your mobile home will most likely depend upon your surrounding climate conditions, the quality and expertise of your contractor, and how much you are planning to spend. This overview should be able to give you a helping hand.