The roofing system is the most essential component of a mobile home's structure. Single and double-wide home roofs withstand snow, rainfall, heat, hailstorms, ice, tree branches, windstorms, hurricanes. twisters, and let us not forget vermin. Your roof doesn't only offer protection to the structure below. It also provides a safe haven for your family members, 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 built with asphalt shingles or metal. Asphalt shingles are the most effective 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 deciding 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 shorter life cycle for this reason. Rain has the potential to pool up on a flat roof. This can lead to roof leaks and also expedite the need for a roof over. 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. Many 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 costs. This begins with the roof. Heat rises to the top. If your roof is not insulated, you will always find yourself raising the thermostat in your home to keep it warm. Most mobile home roofing is insulated with fiberglass or spray foam. Here are some things to keep in mind when it comes to making decisions about your mobile home roof.
Before you decide on a total roof over, you should check to see its possible to repair your mobile home roof. Usually membrane roofs such as TPO and EPDM could 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 very popular building material due to its flexibility. It can accommodate roofs of high and low slopes. 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 roofer to install and require little servicing. 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 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; because of the waters inability to drain correctly into your gutters.
With new technology advances, it is advised to avoid using flat roofs on your manufactured home. Flat mobile home roofs are synonomous with roof leaks. They are more vulnerable to having issues. One of the problems with flat roofs is bad water drainage. Water has the propensity 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 subjected to the sun's heat energy. That is why you should choose a building material like TPO that has strong reflective characteristics. Rubber asphalt roofs also tend to bubble as a result of the heat. This can result in roof leaks and ripples in the roofs exterior lining requiring repair.
Most newer manufactured homes are built with pitched roof systems. The best roof materials of choice today are metal or asphalt shingles. Shingles have become the roof replacement material of choice for most 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 home may not require a whole new roof over. If you presently have asphalt shingles. It is possible to add an additional layer of shingles to your existing 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, reasonably priced, 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 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 frequent need 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 way 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. This also helps keep your roof from experiencing roof leaks because this material will bind to the existing roof surface 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 put on with a brush. Doing this is a necessity for mobile homes with flat roofs. Most roof coatings will be asphalt based. One other roof coating choice is latex. Latex has shown to become a more reflective coating roof material than asphalt. Latex will require using a primer before applying the actual coating. It is suggested that you reapply a roof coating to your flat roof every few years to maintain its integrity.
Any kind of roofing material that you pick for your mobile home will need a regular repair and maintenance plan. You should consult with your roofer and find out about your roofing options. It isn't suggested to do a roof replacement yourself. If 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 contractor, and how much money you are planning to spend. This overview should be able to give you a helping hand.