The roof is easily the most essential component of a manufactured home's structure. Single and double-wide house roofs withstand snow, rain, heat, hail storms, ice, trees, wind storms, hurricanes. tornados, and let us not overlook vermin. Your roof does not only shield the building below. It also provides a safe house for your family, which is the roofs most essential function. Mobile homes can be equipped with a few different kinds 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 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 choosing 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. Water has the potential to pool up on a flat roof. This can lead to roof leaks and also expedite 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 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 bills. 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 roof.
Before you go for a total roof replacement, you should check to see its possible to repair your mobile home roofing system. Usually membrane roofs such as TPO and EPDM can be repaired. Most mobile home roofs in North America are designed 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 preferred building material because of its flexibility. It can accommodate roofs of high and low inclines. Aluminum is light in weight and very durable. Most standing seam roof coverings are constructed out of aluminum. Aluminum roofs usually carry long manufacturer's warranties. They are easy for a roofer 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 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 prevent 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 correctly in to your gutters.
With new technology advances, it is recommended to avoid using flat roofs on your mobile home. Flat mobile home roofs are synonomous with roof leaks. They are more prone to having problems. Among the problems with flat roofs is inadequate water drainage. Water has the propensity to gather and pool on flat surface areas. On a roofing surface such as shingles or metal, this can result in a roofs early deterioration. Flat roofs also have a larger surface area that is exposed to the sun's heat energy. That is why you should opt for a component like TPO that has strong reflective properties. Rubber asphalt roofs also have a tendency to bubble due to the heat. This can result in roof leaks and ripples in the roofs exterior lining requiring repair.
Most newer manufactured homes are manufactured with pitched roof systems. The leading roof building materials of choice today are metal or asphalt shingles. Shingles have become the roof over material of choice for the majority of domestic 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 manufactured home may not need a whole new roofing replacement. If you presently have asphalt shingles. It is feasible 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 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 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 differ 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 improperly installed can lead to a constant need for roof repair. This is why we don't recommend rolled rubber roofing for your mobile home.
Manufactured home rubber roof coatings are an easy way 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 expenses. It also helps keep your roofing system from having roof leaks because this material will adhere to the existing roof surface to keep water out. Whenever this liquid rubber is applied around protrusions like manufactured home roof vents and chimneys, it will perform like flashing. It is customarily 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 possibility is latex. Latex has shown to become a more reflective coating roof material than asphalt. Latex will require using a primer prior to putting on the actual coating. It is recommended that you reapply a roof coating to your flat roof every few years to maintain its integrity.
Any kind of roofing material that you select for your manufactured home will require a regular repairs and maintenance plan. You need to consult with your roofing contractor and learn more about your roofing choices. It isn't advised to do a roof replacement yourself. If you should use asphalt shingles, rubber roofing, or metal roofing on your manufactured home will quite likely be dependent on your surrounding climate conditions, the quality and experience of your roofer, and how much money you are planning to spend. This resource should be able to give you a helping hand.