The roof covering is one of the most essential component of a mobile home's structure. Single and double wide home roofs endure snowfall, rain, heat, hailstorms, ice, trees, wind storms, hurricanes. twisters, and let us not over look animals. Your roof does not only defend the building below. It also provides a safe harbor 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 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 installations in the past were made with flat roofs or low slope roofs. Today home owners are choosing to opt for roofs with a higher 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 much shorter life cycle for this reason. Rainwater has the potential to pool up on a flat roof. This can result in roof leaks and also accelerate the need for roof repair. 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 home. Many times your roof is the culprit when it comes to your house not being energy efficient. A house that is not properly 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 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 keep in mind 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 roof. Usually membrane roofs like TPO and EPDM can 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 roofing contractors refer to metal roofs, they usually are referring to using aluminum. Aluminum is a very popular building material because of its flexibility. It can accommodate roofs of high and low inclines. Aluminum is lightweight and very long lasting. 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 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 accumulating on your roof; due to the waters inability to drain efficiently into your gutters.
With new modern technology advances, it is advised to avoid using flat roofs on your manufactured home. Flat mobile home roofing systems are synonomous with roof leaks. They are more vulnerable to having issues. Among the problems with flat roofs is bad drainage. Rain has the tendency to gather and pool on flat surface areas. 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 tend to bubble as a result of 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 best roof materials of choice today are metal or asphalt shingles. Shingles have become the roof replacement material of choice for most 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 one layer. Your home may not need a whole new roof over. If you already have asphalt shingles. It is feasible to add another layer of shingles to your original roof. This is generally 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, affordable, 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 poorly installed can result in a continual need for roof repair. That is why we don't recommend rolled rubber roofing for your mobile home.
Mobile home rubber roof coatings are an easy solution to keep your mobile home air-conditioned. This process requires applying a elastomeric coating to your roof to reflect the suns heat. This will help you with air conditioning costs. It also helps keep your roofing system from having roof leaks since this material will bond to the existing roof surface area to keep water out. When this liquid rubber is applied around protrusions like mobile home roof vents and chimneys, it will perform like flashing. It is usually put on with a brush. That is a necessity for mobile homes with flat roofs. Most roof coatings are asphalt based. An additional roof coating possibility is latex. Latex has shown to become a more reflective coating material than asphalt. Latex will require using a primer before applying the actual coating. It is encouraged that you reapply a roof coating to your flat roof every few years to preserve its integrity.
Any type of roofing material that you select for your manufactured home will need a regular repairs and maintenance plan. You need to check with your roofing company and find out about your roofing alternatives. It is not suggested to do a roof replacement yourself. Whether you should use asphalt shingles, rubber roofing, or metal roofing on your mobile home will very likely be dependent on your surrounding climate conditions, the quality and experience of your contractor, and how much money you are looking to spend. This resource should be able to give you some assistance.