The roof is the most essential component of a manufactured home's structure. Single and double wide home roofs endure snowfall, rainfall, heat, hail storms, ice, tree branches, windstorms, hurricanes. tornados, and lets not over look vermin. Your roof doesn't only guard the building below. It also provides a safe house for your household, which is the roofs most essential 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 most recommended 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 home owners 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 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 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. Many times your roof is the culprit when it comes to your house not being energy efficient. A house that is not thoroughly insulated will cost you a lot more in heating oil, electricity, and energy expenses. 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 roofs are insulated with fiberglass or spray foam. Here are some things to consider when it comes to making decisions about your mobile home roofing.
Before you opt for a total roof replacement, you need to check to see its possible to repair your mobile 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 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 slopes. Aluminum is light in weight and very resilient. Most standing seam roof coverings are constructed out of aluminum. Aluminum roofs usually carry long 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 in 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 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 leads to water accumulating on your roof; due to the waters failure to drain properly in to your gutters.
With new modern technology 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 problems. One of the problems with flat roofs is bad drainage. Water has the propensity to collect and pool on flat surfaces. On a roofing surface such as 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 select a building material like TPO that has strong reflective properties. Rubber asphalt roofs also have a tendency to bubble due to the heat. This can produce roof leaks and tears in the roofs exterior lining requiring repair.
Most newer manufactured homes are built with pitched roof systems. The leading roof building materials of choice today are metal or asphalt roof shingles. Shingles have become the roof replacement material of choice for the majority of home 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 roofing replacement. If you currently have asphalt shingles. It is possible to add an additional layer of shingles to your original roof. This is typically done to repair leaks when asphalt roofs near the end of their useful life. TPO is an additional 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 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 on 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 poorly installed can lead to a continual demand for roof repair. That 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 air-conditioned. This process entails applying a elastomeric coating to your roof to reflect the suns heat. This will help you with air conditioner costs. This also helps keep your roof from experiencing roof leaks since this material will bind to the existing roof surface area 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. This is a necessity for mobile homes with flat roofs. Most roof coatings will be asphalt based. Another roof coating alternative is latex. Latex has shown to become a more reflective coating roof material than asphalt. Latex will require using a primer before putting on the actual coating. It is advised that you reapply a roof coating to your flat roof every few years to sustain its integrity.
Any kind of roofing material that you choose for your mobile home will require a regular repair and maintenance plan. You need to check with your roofer and learn more about your roofing choices. It isn't advised to do a roof over yourself. If you should use asphalt shingles, rubber roofing, or metal roofing on your manufactured home will most likely depend on your surrounding weather conditions, the quality and years of experience of your roofer, and how much you are wanting to spend. This overview should be able to give you some assistance.