The roof covering is easily the most essential component of a mobile home's structure. Double and single wide home roofs endure snow, rain, heat, hail storms, ice, tree branches, windstorms, hurricanes. tornados, and let us not forget vermin. Your roof doesn't only shield the structure below. It also provides a safe house for your household, which is the roofs most essential function. Mobile homes can be equipped with a few different kinds of roofing material. Most mobile home roofs will be constructed with asphalt shingles or metal. Asphalt shingles are the most effective 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 installations in the past were made with flat roofs or low slope roofs. Today home owners are deciding to opt for roofs with a steeper incline for numerous 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 lead to roof leaks and also speed up the need for roof repair. 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 home. 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 starts 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 house to keep it warm. Most mobile home roofs are insulated with fiberglass or spray foam. Here are some things to think about 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 manufactured home roofing system. Usually membrane roofs such as TPO and EPDM may be repaired. Most mobile home roofs in The United States 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 very popular building material due to its flexibility. It can accommodate roofs of high and low pitches. Aluminum is light in weight and very strong. Most standing seam roof coverings are constructed out of aluminum. Aluminum roofs usually carry long manufacturer's warranties. They are easy for a roofer to install and require little servicing. 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 roofing contractors 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 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 results in water pooling on your roof; because of the waters failure to drain properly into your gutters.
With new modern technology advances, it is recommended to avoid using flat roofs on your manufactured home. Flat mobile home roofs are synonomous with roof leaks. They are more vulnerable to having problems. Among the problems with flat roofs is bad drainage. Rain has the propensity to gather 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 subjected to the sun's heat. That is why you should go with a building material like TPO that has strong reflective properties. Rubber asphalt roofs also have a tendency to blister from the heat. This can cause roof leaks and tears in the roofs exterior lining requiring repair.
Most newer manufactured homes are manufactured with pitched roof systems. The leading roof materials of choice today are metal or asphalt roof shingles. Shingles have become the roof replacement material of choice for the majority of 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 one layer. Your mobile home may not require a whole new roof over. If you already have asphalt shingles. It is possible to add an additional layer of shingles to your existing roof. This is normally 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, budget friendly, and easy for a roofer 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 differ depending upon 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 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 involves 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 roof from having roof leaks because this material will bind to the existing roof surface to keep water out. Whenever this liquid rubber is applied around protrusions like mobile home roof vents and chimneys, it will perform like flashing. It is customarily applied with a brush. Doing this is a necessity for mobile homes with flat roofs. Most roof coatings will be asphalt based. Another roof coating possibility 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 putting on the actual coating. It is suggested that you reapply a roof coating to your flat roof every couple of years to maintain its integrity.
Any type of roofing system that you choose for your manufactured home will need a regular repairs and maintenance plan. You have to consult with your contractor and learn more about your roofing possibilities. It is not advised to do a roof over yourself. Whether or not you should use asphalt shingles, rubber roofing, or metal roofing on your mobile home will most likely be dependent on your surrounding weather conditions, the quality and years of experience of your contractor, and how much money you are wanting to spend. This guide should be able to give you a helping hand.