The roofing system is one of the most essential component of a mobile home's structure. Single and double-wide house roofs endure snowfall, rainfall, hot weather, hail storms, ice, tree branches, windstorms, hurricanes. twisters, and lets not over look animals. Your roof does not only secure the structure below. It also provides a safe house for your loved ones, which is the roofs most important function. Mobile homes can be equipped with a few different types of roofing material. Most mobile home roofs will be constructed 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 systems 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 a few good 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 speed up 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 home. Many 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 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 home to keep it warm. Most mobile home roofs are 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 go for a total roof replacement, you should check to see its possible to repair your manufactured home roof. Usually membrane roofs like TPO and EPDM may 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 roofers refer to metal roofs, they usually are referring to using aluminum. Aluminum is a very popular building material due to its flexibility. It can accommodate roofs of high and low pitches. Aluminum is lightweight 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 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 in the long run, 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 results in water pooling on your roof; because of the waters failure to drain efficiently into your gutters.
With new innovation advances, it is advised 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. Among the problems with flat roofs is poor water drainage. Rainwater has the tendency to gather and pool on flat surface areas. 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 choose a building material like TPO that has strong reflective properties. Rubber asphalt roofs also have a tendency to blister as a result of the heat. This can result in roof leaks and tears in the roofs exterior lining requiring repair.
Most newer mobile homes are designed with pitched roof systems. The top 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 one layer. Your mobile home may not require a whole new roof over. If you already have asphalt shingles. It is feasible to add another layer of shingles to your original roof. This is generally 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 upon 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 frequent demand for roof repair. This is why we do not recommend rolled rubber roofing for your mobile home.
Manufactured home rubber roof coatings are an easy solution to keep your mobile home air-conditioned. This process entails adding a elastomeric coating to your roof to reflect the suns heat. This will help you with air conditioning expenses. This also helps keep your roofing system from experiencing roof leaks because this material will bond to the existing roof surface area to keep water out. When 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. That is a necessity for mobile homes with flat roofs. Most roof coatings will be asphalt based. An additional roof coating possibility 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 recommended that you reapply a roof coating to your flat roof every few years to sustain its integrity.
Any type of roofing material that you pick for your mobile home will need a regular repairs and maintenance plan. You should talk to your roofing company and find out about your roofing choices. It isn't sensible to do a roof replacement yourself. If you should use asphalt shingles, rubber roofing, or metal roofing on your manufactured home will most likely depend upon your surrounding climate conditions, the quality and expertise of your roofer, and how much money you are looking to spend. This guide should be able to give you a helping hand.