The roof covering is the most essential component of a mobile home's structure. Single and double wide house roofs withstand snowfall, rainfall, heat, hailstorms, ice, trees, windstorms, hurricanes. tornados, and lets not forget pests. Your roof does not only shield the building below. It also provides a safe harbor for your family members, which is the roofs most important function. Mobile homes could be equipped with a few different varieties of roofing material. Most mobile home roofs will be assembled 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 home owners are choosing to opt for roofs with a higher slope 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 accelerate the need for roof repair. 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 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 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 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 go for a total roof replacement, you should check to see its possible to repair your mobile home roof. Usually membrane roofs like TPO and EPDM could be repaired. Most mobile home roofs in The United States are built 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 popular building material due to its versatility. It can accommodate roofs of high and low inclines. 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 areas that need it. If you are installing a metal roof over your existing roof, it is common practice for roofers to add insulation between your original and new roof. This saves money in the long run, 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 results in water accumulating on your roof; because of the waters inability to drain correctly into your gutters.
With new technology advances, it is suggested to avoid using flat roofs on your mobile home. Flat mobile home roofs are synonomous with roof leaks. They are more susceptible to having problems. Among the problems with flat roofs is insufficient water drainage. Rain has the propensity to collect and pool on flat surface areas. On a roofing surface such as shingles or metal, this can result in 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 go with a component like TPO that has strong reflective qualities. Rubber asphalt roofs also tend to blister due to 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 best roof building materials of choice today are metal or asphalt roof 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 manufactured home may not need a whole new roof over. If you already have asphalt shingles. It is possible to add one more layer of shingles to your existing roof. This is typically 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, 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 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 constant demand for roof repair. That is why we don't recommend rolled rubber roofing for your mobile home.
Manufactured home rubber roof coatings are an easy means to keep your mobile home air-conditioned. This process requires applying 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 since this material will adhere to the existing roof surface to keep water out. Once this liquid rubber is applied around protrusions like manufactured home roof vents and chimneys, it will perform like flashing. It is usually put on with a brush. This is a necessity for mobile homes with flat roofs. Most roof coatings will be asphalt based. An additional roof coating selection 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 encouraged that you reapply a roof coating to your flat roof every couple of years to sustain its integrity.
Any kind of roofing system that you choose for your mobile home will need a regular maintenance plan. You need to talk to your roofing company and learn about your roofing alternatives. It isn't smart to do a roof replacement yourself. If you should use asphalt shingles, rubber roofing, or metal roofing on your manufactured home will likely be dependent on your surrounding weather conditions, the quality and years of experience of your contractor, and how much you are planning to spend. This resource should be able to give you a helping hand.