The roof covering is one of the most essential component of a manufactured home's structure. Double and single wide house roofs withstand snow, rainfall, heat, hailstorms, ice, tree branches, windstorms, hurricanes. twisters, and let us not overlook animals. Your roof does not only guard 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 best 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 opting 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 shorter life cycle for this reason. Rainwater has the potential to pool up on a flat roof. This can result in roof leaks and also expedite the need for roof repair. 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 expenses. 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 house 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 roof.
Before you opt for a total roof replacement, you should check to see its possible to repair your mobile home roofing system. Usually membrane roofs such as TPO and EPDM could be repaired. Most mobile home roofs in North America 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 because of its flexibility. It can accommodate roofs of high and low pitches. Aluminum is lightweight and very long lasting. Most standing seam roof coverings are constructed out of aluminum. Aluminum roofs usually carry long warranties. They are easy for a roofer to install and require little repair and maintenance. 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 roofers to add insulation between your original and new roof. This saves money over time, 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 stop 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 accumulating on your roof; because of the waters failure to drain efficiently into your gutters.
With new innovation advances, it is encouraged to avoid using flat roofs on your mobile home. Flat mobile home roof coverings are synonomous with roof leaks. They are more prone to having problems. Among the problems with flat roofs is insufficient drainage. Rainwater has the tendency to accumulate and pool on flat surfaces. 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 exposed to the sun's heat energy. That is why you should opt for a component like TPO that has strong reflective characteristics. Rubber asphalt roofs also have a tendency to blister due to the heat. This can result in roof leaks and ripples in the roofs exterior lining requiring repair.
Most newer mobile homes are constructed with pitched roof systems. The top roof components 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 just one layer. Your manufactured home may not need a whole new roofing replacement. If you already have asphalt shingles. It is possible to add an additional layer of shingles to your existing roof. This is generally done to repair leaks when asphalt roofs near the end of their functional life. TPO is an additional 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 contractor 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 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 poorly installed can result in a frequent demand for roof repair. This 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 cool. This process entails adding a elastomeric coating to your roof to reflect the suns heat. This will help you with air conditioning costs. It also helps keep your roofing system from experiencing roof leaks since this material will bind to the existing roof surface to keep water out. Whenever this liquid rubber is applied around protrusions like double wide roof vents and chimneys, it will function like flashing. It is usually applied with a brush. Doing this is a necessity for mobile homes with flat roofs. Most roof coatings are asphalt based. One other roof coating alternative is latex. Latex has shown to become a more reflective coating material than asphalt. Latex will require the use of a primer before putting on the actual coating. It is encouraged that you reapply a roof coating to your flat roof every couple of years to preserve its integrity.
Any kind of roofing material that you select for your mobile home will need a regular maintenance plan. You should consult with your roofing specialist and learn more about your roofing alternatives. It isn't sensible to do a roof over yourself. If you should use asphalt shingles, rubber roofing, or metal roofing on your manufactured home will very likely depend upon your surrounding weather conditions, the quality and years of experience of your contractor, and how much you are looking to spend. This guide should be able to give you a helping hand.