The roof covering is easily the most essential component of a manufactured home's structure. Single and double wide house roofs endure snowfall, rain, hot weather, hailstorms, ice, tree branches, wind storms, hurricanes. tornados, and lets not forget animals. Your roof doesn't only protect the structure below. It also provides a safe haven for your family, which is the roofs most essential function. Mobile homes could be equipped with a few different types of roofing material. Most mobile home roofs will be built with asphalt shingles or metal. Asphalt shingles are the most ideal 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 installations in the past were made with flat roofs or low slope roofs. Today homeowners are choosing to opt for roofs with a steeper slope 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 lead to 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 exceptional protection for the rest of the home. 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 level 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 mobile home roof. Usually membrane roofs such as TPO and EPDM may be repaired. Most mobile home roofs in The U.S. are assembled 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 due to its flexibility. It can accommodate roofs of high and low pitches. Aluminum is light-weight 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 upkeep. 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 roofing contractors to add insulation 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 avoid 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 efficiently in to your gutters.
With new innovation advances, it is advised to avoid using flat roofs on your mobile home. Flat mobile home roofing systems 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 gather and pool on flat surface areas. On a roofing surface such as shingles or metal, this can bring about 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 opt for a component like TPO that has strong reflective properties. Rubber asphalt roofs also tend to bubble as a result of the heat. This can cause roof leaks and tears in the roofs exterior lining requiring repair.
Most newer manufactured homes are constructed with pitched roof systems. The best roof materials of choice today are metal or asphalt roof shingles. Shingles have become the roof over material of choice for most non commercial 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 home may not require a whole new roof over. If you currently 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 functional 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 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 differ depending on materials used, the roofer, and the design 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 continual 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 solution to keep your mobile home air-conditioned. This process entails 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 roofing system from having 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 customarily spread 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 selection is latex. Latex has shown to become a more reflective coating roof material than asphalt. Latex will require the use of a primer prior to applying the actual coating. It is advised that you reapply a roof coating to your flat roof every few years to preserve its integrity.
Any type of roofing material that you pick for your mobile home will need a regular repair and maintenance plan. You need to consult with your roofing specialist and learn more about your roofing possibilities. It isn't advised to do a roof replacement yourself. Whether or not you should use asphalt shingles, rubber roofing, or metal roofing on your mobile home will likely depend on your surrounding weather conditions, the quality and experience of your contractor, and how much money you are wanting to spend. This resource should be able to give you a helping hand.