The roof is the most essential component of a mobile home's structure. Double and single wide home roofs withstand snow, rainfall, heat, hail storms, ice, tree branches, windstorms, hurricanes. twisters, and lets not forget vermin. Your roof does not only protect the building below. It also provides a safe house for your family members, which is the roofs most important function. Mobile homes can 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 systems in the past were made with flat roofs or low slope roofs. Today home owners are opting to go with roofs with a steeper slope for a few good 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. Rainwater has the potential to pool up on a flat roof. This can lead to roof leaks and also accelerate 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 exceptional 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 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 roofing.
Before you opt for a total roof over, you need to check to see its possible to repair your manufactured home roofing system. Usually membrane roofs like TPO and EPDM can be repaired. Most mobile home roofs in The US are constructed 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 popular building material because of 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 manufacturer's warranties. They are easy for a contractor to install and require little 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 down the road, because the new insulation will help prevent drafts and help you maintain the temperature in your house. 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 leads to water pooling on your roof; because of the waters inability to drain correctly into your gutters.
With new innovation advances, it is encouraged to avoid using flat roofs on your manufactured home. Flat mobile home roof coverings are synonomous with roof leaks. They are more susceptible to having issues. Among the problems with flat roofs is poor water drainage. Rain has the tendency to accumulate and pool on flat surfaces. 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 subjected to the sun's heat energy. That is why you should choose a building material like TPO that has strong reflective properties. Rubber asphalt roofs also tend to bubble from the heat. This can cause roof leaks and tears in the roofs exterior lining requiring repair.
Most newer mobile homes are manufactured with pitched roof systems. The top roof components of choice today are metal or asphalt shingles. Shingles have become the roof over 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 home may not require a whole new roofing replacement. If you currently have asphalt shingles. It is feasible to add another layer of shingles to your existing roof. This is typically 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, 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 prices of the roof will differ depending on materials used, the roofing contractor, and the type 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. This 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 cool. This process entails 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 roof from suffering from roof leaks because this material will adhere 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 usually put on with a brush. That is a necessity for mobile homes with flat roofs. Most roof coatings will be asphalt based. One other roof coating option is latex. Latex has shown to be a more reflective coating roof material than asphalt. Latex will require using a primer prior to 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 kind of roofing material that you select for your manufactured home will need a regular maintenance plan. You have to consult with your roofing specialist and find out about your roofing possibilities. It isn't a good option to do a roof over yourself. Whether you should use asphalt shingles, rubber roofing, or metal roofing on your manufactured home will most likely be dependent on your surrounding climate conditions, the quality and expertise of your roofer, and how much money you are wanting to spend. This guide should be able to give you some assistance.