The roof covering is one of the most essential component of a mobile home's structure. Double and single-wide home roofs endure snowfall, rain, hot weather, hailstorms, ice, tree branches, windstorms, hurricanes. twisters, and lets not overlook pests. Your roof doesn't only provide protection to the structure below. It also provides a safe haven for your family members, which is the roofs most important function. Mobile homes could 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 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 choosing to go with 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 much shorter life cycle for this reason. Water has the potential to pool up on a flat roof. This can result in roof leaks and also speed up the need for a roof over. There is also aesthetic 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 costs. This starts with the roof. Heat rises to the top. If your roof is not insulated, you will always find yourself raising the thermostat 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 opt for a total roof over, you need to check to see its possible to repair your mobile home roof. Usually membrane roofs such as TPO and EPDM can be repaired. Most mobile home roofs in The US are assembled 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 very popular building material due to its versatility. It can accommodate roofs of high and low pitches. Aluminum is lightweight and very resilient. Most standing seam roof structures are constructed out of aluminum. Aluminum roofs usually carry long manufacturer's 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 down the road, 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 accumulating on your roof; because of the waters inability to drain efficiently into your gutters.
With new modern technology advances, it is encouraged to avoid using flat roofs on your manufactured home. Flat mobile home roofs are synonomous with roof leaks. They are more prone 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 result in a roofs early degeneration. Flat roofs also have a larger surface area that is subjected to the sun's heat. That is why you should go with a building material like TPO that has strong reflective characteristics. Rubber asphalt roofs also have a tendency to bubble due to the heat. This can lead to roof leaks and tears in the roofs exterior lining requiring repair.
Most newer mobile homes are manufactured 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 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 home may not need a whole new roof over. If you presently have asphalt shingles. It is possible 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 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, reasonably priced, 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 upon 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 lead to a continual demand for roof repair. That is why we do not recommend rolled rubber roofing for your mobile home.
Mobile home rubber roof coatings are an easy way to keep your mobile home cool. This process requires applying a elastomeric coating to your roof to reflect the suns heat. This will help you with air conditioning expenses. This also helps keep your roof from having 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 function like flashing. It is usually applied with a brush. This is a necessity for mobile homes with flat roofs. Most roof coatings are asphalt based. An additional roof coating choice is latex. Latex has shown to become a more reflective coating 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 choose for your manufactured home will need a regular maintenance plan. You should talk to your roofing contractor and learn more about your roofing possibilities. It isn't advisable to do a roof replacement yourself. Whether you should use asphalt shingles, rubber roofing, or metal roofing on your manufactured home will very likely be dependent on your surrounding weather conditions, the quality and years of experience of your contractor, and how much you are wanting to spend. This resource should be able to give you some assistance.