The roof is easily the most essential component of a manufactured home's structure. Single and double wide house roofs endure snow, rainfall, hot weather, hailstorms, ice, trees, windstorms, hurricanes. twisters, and lets not forget vermin. Your roof doesn't only defend the structure below. It also provides a safe house for your household, which is the roofs most essential 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 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 deciding to go with roofs with a higher incline 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 result in roof leaks and also speed up the need for roof repair. There is also aesthetic reasons to go with a high slope roof. This style of roof will give your mobile home a more modern look while still providing superior 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 properly 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 in your home to keep it warm. Most mobile home roofing is insulated with fiberglass or spray foam. Here are some things to consider when it comes to making decisions about your mobile home roof.
Before you decide on a total roof over, you should check to see its possible to repair your manufactured home roofing system. Usually membrane roofs such as TPO and EPDM could be repaired. Most mobile home roofs in The US are built 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 popular building material due to its versatility. It can accommodate roofs of high and low slopes. Aluminum is light-weight and very strong. Most standing seam roofs are constructed out of aluminum. Aluminum roofs usually carry long manufacturer's warranties. They are easy for a contractor to install and require little repairs and maintenance. 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 in 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 leads to water pooling 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 roof coverings are synonomous with roof leaks. They are more susceptible to having problems. Among the problems with flat roofs is inadequate drainage. Rainwater has the propensity to collect and pool on flat surfaces. On a roofing surface like shingles or metal, this can bring about 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 select a building material like TPO that has strong reflective properties. Rubber asphalt roofs also have a tendency to blister from the heat. This can lead to roof leaks and ripples in the roofs exterior lining requiring repair.
Most newer manufactured homes are built with pitched roof systems. The best roof components of choice today are metal or asphalt 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 mobile home may not require a whole new roof over. If you currently have asphalt shingles. It is possible to add another layer of shingles to your original roof. This is normally done to repair leaks when asphalt roofs near the end of their functional life. TPO is one more 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 referred to as rubber roofing. Usually you will have two roofing options. Either repair your roof or replace your roof. The installation costs of the roof will vary 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 lead to a continual demand for roof repair. This is why we don't suggest rolled rubber roofing for your mobile home.
Manufactured home rubber roof coatings are an easy way 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 conditioning expenses. This also helps keep your roofing system from having roof leaks since this material will bond to the existing roof surface area to keep water out. Once this liquid rubber is applied around protrusions like manufactured home roof vents and chimneys, it will function like flashing. It is usually spread with a brush. Doing this is a necessity for mobile homes with flat roofs. Most roof coatings are asphalt based. One other roof coating selection is latex. Latex has shown to be a more reflective coating material than asphalt. Latex will require the use of a primer before putting on the actual coating. It is strongly recommended that you reapply a roof coating to your flat roof every couple of years to maintain its integrity.
Any roofing system that you pick for your mobile home will need a regular repair and maintenance plan. You have to consult with your contractor and find out about your roofing alternatives. It isn't recommended to do a roof over yourself. Whether or not you should use asphalt shingles, rubber roofing, or metal roofing on your manufactured home will likely depend on your surrounding weather conditions, the quality and experience of your contractor, and how much money you are planning to spend. This overview should be able to give you some assistance.