The roofing system is the most essential component of a manufactured home's structure. Single and double-wide home roofs withstand snowfall, rainfall, heat, hail storms, ice, trees, wind storms, hurricanes. tornados, and let us not forget critters. Your roof doesn't only give protection to the structure below. It also provides a safe haven for your family, 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 designed 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 systems 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 a few good reasons. Flat roofs do not drain water away from the house like high slope roofs. Flat roofs also have a much shorter life cycle for this reason. Rainwater has the potential to pool up on a flat roof. This can lead to roof leaks and also expedite 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 exceptional 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 begins 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 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 roof.
Before you go for a total roof over, you need to check to see its possible to repair your mobile home roof. 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 roofing 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 pitches. Aluminum is lightweight and very long lasting. Most standing seam roof structures are constructed out of aluminum. Aluminum roofs usually carry long manufacturer's warranties. They are easy for a roofer 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 roofing contractors 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 avoid 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 inability to drain efficiently into your gutters.
With new innovation advances, it is suggested 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 water drainage. Water has the propensity to accumulate 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 subjected to the sun's heat energy. That is why you should choose a building material like TPO that has strong reflective qualities. Rubber asphalt roofs also tend to blister from the heat. This can cause roof leaks and ripples in the roofs exterior lining requiring repair.
Most newer mobile homes are constructed 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 most 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 roof over. If you already have asphalt shingles. It is possible to add another layer of shingles to your original roof. This is commonly 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 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 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 result in a continual need for roof repair. That 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 cool. This process entails adding a elastomeric coating to your roof to reflect the suns heat. This will help you with air conditioner expenses. It also helps keep your roofing system from experiencing roof leaks since this material will bond to the existing roof surface to keep water out. When this liquid rubber is applied around protrusions like double wide roof vents and chimneys, it will function like flashing. It is customarily applied with a brush. That 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 be a more reflective coating material than asphalt. Latex will require the use of a primer prior to applying the actual coating. It is suggested that you reapply a roof coating to your flat roof every few years to maintain its integrity.
Any kind of roofing material that you select for your mobile home will need a regular repairs and maintenance plan. You need to check with your roofing service provider and learn more about your roofing options. It is not sensible to do a roof over yourself. Whether or not you should use asphalt shingles, rubber roofing, or metal roofing on your manufactured home will most likely depend upon your surrounding weather conditions, the quality and years of experience of your contractor, and how much money you are looking to spend. This overview should be able to give you some assistance.