The roof covering is easily the most essential component of a mobile home's structure. Single and double-wide house roofs withstand snowfall, rainfall, hot weather, hailstorms, ice, tree branches, windstorms, hurricanes. tornados, and let us not overlook pests. Your roof does not only provide protection to the structure below. It also provides a safe haven for your family, which is the roofs most important 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 most recommended 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 deciding to opt for 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. 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 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 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 temperature in your house to keep it warm. Most mobile home roofing is insulated with fiberglass or spray foam. Here are some things to consider when it comes to making decisions about your mobile home roofing.
Before you go for a total roof over, you should check to see its possible to repair your manufactured home roof. Usually membrane roofs like TPO and EPDM could be repaired. Most mobile home roofs in The U.S. are manufactured 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 pitches. Aluminum is light in weight and very strong. Most standing seam roof structures are constructed out of aluminum. Aluminum roofs usually carry long warranties. They are easy for a contractor 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; 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 vulnerable to having problems. One of the problems with flat roofs is bad drainage. Rain has the propensity to collect and pool on flat surface areas. On a roofing surface like shingles or metal, this can lead to a roofs early deterioration. Flat roofs also have a larger surface area that is exposed to the sun's heat. That is why you should opt for a material like TPO that has strong reflective properties. Rubber asphalt roofs also have a tendency to bubble from the heat. This can produce roof leaks and ripples in the roofs exterior lining requiring repair.
Most newer mobile homes are built with pitched roof systems. The premier roof building materials of choice today are metal or asphalt shingles. Shingles have become the roof replacement material of choice for most 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 one layer. Your mobile home may not require a whole new roofing replacement. If you already have asphalt shingles. It is possible to add an additional layer of shingles to your original roof. This is commonly done to repair leaks when asphalt roofs near the end of their useful life. TPO is one more option. TPO is a roofing membrane that is used on both high and low slope roofs. It is reflective, affordable, and easy for a roofer 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 prices 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 poorly installed can result in a frequent need for roof repair. That is why we don't suggest rolled rubber roofing for your mobile home.
Manufactured home rubber roof coatings are an easy method to keep your mobile home air-conditioned. This process entails adding a elastomeric coating to your roof to reflect the suns heat. This will help you with air conditioner expenses. This also helps keep your roofing system from suffering from 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 double wide roof vents and chimneys, it will function like flashing. It is customarily put on with a brush. That is a necessity for mobile homes with flat roofs. Most roof coatings are asphalt based. Another roof coating solution is latex. Latex has shown to be a more reflective coating roof material than asphalt. Latex will require the use of a primer before applying the actual coating. It is advised that you reapply a roof coating to your flat roof every couple of years to maintain its integrity.
Any roofing system that you select for your mobile home will require a regular repair and maintenance plan. You need to consult with your contractor and learn about your roofing possibilities. It isn't a good option to do a roof replacement yourself. Whether you should use asphalt shingles, rubber roofing, or metal roofing on your manufactured home will very likely depend on your surrounding climate conditions, the quality and years of experience of your roofer, and how much money you are planning to spend. This overview should be able to give you some assistance.