The roof covering is one of the most essential component of a mobile home's structure. Double and single-wide home roofs withstand snow, rain, hot weather, hail storms, ice, trees, windstorms, hurricanes. tornados, and lets not over look critters. Your roof doesn't only shield the building below. It also provides a safe house for your family members, which is the roofs most important function. Mobile homes may be equipped with a few different types of roofing material. Most mobile home roofs will be designed with asphalt shingles or metal. Asphalt shingles are the best 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 opt for 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 accelerate the need for a roof over. There is also cosmetic 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 house. 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 bills. 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 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 roofing.
Before you decide on a total roof over, you should check to see its possible to repair your mobile home roof. Usually membrane roofs like TPO and EPDM could be repaired. Most mobile home roofs in North America 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 popular building material because of its flexibility. It can accommodate roofs of high and low inclines. Aluminum is light in weight and very strong. 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 repair 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 future, 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 prevent 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 in to your gutters.
With new modern 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. One of the problems with flat roofs is bad drainage. Rain 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 deterioration. 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 attributes. Rubber asphalt roofs also tend to blister due to the heat. This can lead to roof leaks and tears in the roofs exterior lining requiring repair.
Most newer mobile homes are built with pitched roof systems. The top roof materials of choice today are metal or asphalt roof shingles. Shingles have become the roof over material of choice for the majority of 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 just one layer. Your manufactured home may not need a whole new roofing replacement. If you currently have asphalt shingles. It is feasible to add one more layer of shingles to your existing 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 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 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.
Mobile home rubber roof coatings are an easy way to keep your mobile home air-conditioned. This process requires adding a elastomeric coating to your roof to reflect the suns heat. This will help you with air conditioning expenses. It also helps keep your roofing system from suffering from roof leaks because this material will adhere to the existing roof surface area to keep water out. Once this liquid rubber is applied around protrusions like double wide roof vents and chimneys, it will perform like flashing. It is usually applied with a brush. That is a necessity for mobile homes with flat roofs. Most roof coatings are asphalt based. One other roof coating solution is latex. Latex has shown to become a more reflective coating roof material than asphalt. Latex will require the use of a primer prior to applying the actual coating. It is advised that you reapply a roof coating to your flat roof every few years to maintain its integrity.
Any roofing system that you pick for your mobile home will need a regular repairs and maintenance plan. You need to talk to your roofer and learn more about your roofing alternatives. It isn't smart to do a roof replacement yourself. Whether or not you should use asphalt shingles, rubber roofing, or metal roofing on your manufactured home will most likely be dependent on your surrounding climate conditions, the quality and experience of your contractor, and how much you are wanting to spend. This guide should be able to give you a helping hand.