The roof is one of the most essential component of a mobile home's structure. Double and single-wide home roofs withstand snow, rainfall, heat, hailstorms, ice, tree branches, windstorms, hurricanes. tornados, and let us not overlook critters. Your roof does not only protect the structure below. It also provides a safe house for your loved ones, which is the roofs most essential function. Mobile homes could be equipped with a few different kinds of roofing material. Most mobile home roofs will be built with asphalt shingles or metal. Asphalt shingles are the most ideal type of roof material to use when the home has a high pitch. 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 opt for roofs with a higher slope for numerous 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. Rain has the potential to pool up on a flat roof. This can result in roof leaks and also accelerate the need for a roof over. There is also aesthetic reasons to go with a high slope roof. This type of roof will give your mobile home a more modern look while still providing exceptional 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 adequately 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 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 decide on 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 may be repaired. Most mobile home roofs in The United States are designed 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 versatility. It can accommodate roofs of high and low pitches. Aluminum is light in weight and very durable. Most standing seam roof coverings 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 in between your original and new roof. This saves money down the road, 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 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; due to the waters inability 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 roofs are synonomous with roof leaks. They are more vulnerable to having issues. One of the problems with flat roofs is poor water drainage. Water has the propensity to accumulate and pool on flat surfaces. On a roofing surface such as shingles or metal, this can lead to a roofs early deterioration. Flat roofs also have a larger surface area that is exposed to the sun's heat. That is why you should select a 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 manufactured homes are manufactured with pitched roof systems. The top roof components of choice today are metal or asphalt roof shingles. Shingles have become the roof replacement material of choice for the majority of residential 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 mobile home may not need a whole new roofing replacement. If you presently have asphalt shingles. It is feasible to add one more 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 one more option. TPO is a roofing membrane that is used on both high and low slope roofs. It is reflective, affordable, 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 roofing contractor, 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 constant demand for roof repair. That is why we don't recommend rolled rubber roofing for your mobile home.
Manufactured home rubber roof coatings are an easy means 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 conditioner costs. It also helps keep your roof from suffering from roof leaks because this material will bind to the existing roof surface to keep water out. Once this liquid rubber is applied around protrusions like mobile home roof vents and chimneys, it will function like flashing. It is customarily put on with a brush. That is a necessity for mobile homes with flat roofs. Most roof coatings will be asphalt based. One other roof coating selection is latex. Latex has shown to become a more reflective coating material than asphalt. Latex will require using a primer prior to putting on the actual coating. It is recommended that you reapply a roof coating to your flat roof every few years to preserve its integrity.
Any roofing system that you pick for your manufactured home will require a regular repair and maintenance plan. You should check with your roofing company and learn more about your roofing options. 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 mobile home will quite likely depend upon your surrounding weather conditions, the quality and expertise of your roofer, and how much you are wanting to spend. This resource should be able to give you some assistance.