The roof covering is the most essential component of a manufactured home's structure. Double and single wide home roofs withstand snow, rainfall, hot weather, hail storms, ice, tree branches, wind storms, hurricanes. twisters, and lets not forget vermin. Your roof does not only shield the structure below. It also provides a safe haven for your loved ones, which is the roofs most important function. Mobile homes may be equipped with a few different kinds of roofing material. Most mobile home roofs will be manufactured with asphalt shingles or metal. Asphalt shingles are the most recommended 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 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. Water 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 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. Often times your roof is the culprit when it comes to your house not being energy efficient. A house that is not thoroughly insulated will cost you a lot more in heating oil, electricity, and energy costs. This starts with the roof. Heat rises to the top. If your roof is not insulated, you will always find yourself raising the temperature in your house to keep it warm. Most mobile home roofs are 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 go for a total roof over, you should check to see its possible to repair your manufactured home roof. Usually membrane roofs like TPO and EPDM could be repaired. Most mobile home roofs in The United States are constructed 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 preferred building material because of its versatility. It can accommodate roofs of high and low pitches. Aluminum is light in weight and very resilient. Most standing seam roofs are constructed out of aluminum. Aluminum roofs usually carry long warranties. They are easy for a contractor to install and require little maintenance. 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 home. Adding insulation to your metal or asphalt roof is also important to reduce 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 accumulating on your roof; due to 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 roofing systems are synonomous with roof leaks. They are more prone to having problems. Among the problems with flat roofs is inadequate drainage. Water has the propensity to collect 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 exposed to the sun's heat. That is why you should opt for a material like TPO that has strong reflective attributes. Rubber asphalt roofs also tend to blister from the heat. This can cause roof leaks and tears in the roofs exterior lining requiring repair.
Most newer mobile homes are designed with pitched roof systems. The best roof materials of choice today are metal or asphalt shingles. Shingles have become the roof replacement 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 one layer. Your mobile home may not need a whole new roofing replacement. If you already have asphalt shingles. It is possible to add one more layer of shingles to your existing roof. This is typically done to repair leaks when asphalt roofs near the end of their functional life. TPO is another 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 prices of the roof will vary depending upon materials used, the roofer, 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 result in a constant demand for roof repair. That is why we don't suggest rolled rubber roofing for your mobile home.
Manufactured home rubber roof coatings are an easy means to keep your mobile home cool. This process requires 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 suffering from roof leaks since this material will bind 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 customarily applied with a brush. That is a necessity for mobile homes with flat roofs. Most roof coatings will be asphalt based. One other roof coating option is latex. Latex has shown to be a more reflective coating material than asphalt. Latex will require the use of a primer prior to putting on the actual coating. It is suggested that you reapply a roof coating to your flat roof every couple of years to sustain its integrity.
Any roofing material that you select for your manufactured home will need a regular maintenance plan. You should check with your roofing specialist and find out about your roofing options. It is not smart to do a roof replacement yourself. Whether you should use asphalt shingles, rubber roofing, or metal roofing on your mobile home will most likely depend upon your surrounding climate conditions, the quality and years of experience of your contractor, and how much you are looking to spend. This overview should be able to give you a helping hand.