The roof is easily 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 forget critters. Your roof doesn't only offer protection to the structure below. It also provides a safe house for your household, which is the roofs most essential function. Mobile homes may be equipped with a few different types of roofing material. Most mobile home roofs will be built 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 choosing to go with 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. Rain has the potential to pool up on a flat roof. This can result in roof leaks and also speed up 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 exceptional 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 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 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 roof.
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 like TPO and EPDM could be repaired. Most mobile home roofs in The U.S. 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 due to its versatility. It can accommodate roofs of high and low inclines. Aluminum is light-weight and very strong. Most standing seam roofs 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 places that need it. If you are installing a metal roof over your existing roof, it is common practice for roofing contractors to add insulation 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 results in water accumulating on your roof; due to the waters inability to drain efficiently in to your gutters.
With new modern technology advances, it is advised 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 drainage. Water has the propensity to gather and pool on flat surfaces. On a roofing surface such as shingles or metal, this can bring about a roofs early deterioration. Flat roofs also have a larger surface area that is exposed to the sun's heat energy. That is why you should choose a material like TPO that has strong reflective characteristics. Rubber asphalt roofs also tend to bubble from the heat. This can result in roof leaks and tears in the roofs exterior lining requiring repair.
Most newer mobile homes are constructed with pitched roof systems. The premier roof building 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 manufactured 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 existing 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, 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 roofing contractor, 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. This is why we don't suggest rolled rubber roofing for your mobile home.
Manufactured home rubber roof coatings are an easy method to keep your mobile home cool. This process involves applying a elastomeric coating to your roof to reflect the suns heat. This will help you with air conditioning expenses. This also helps keep your roofing system from experiencing 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 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 alternative is latex. Latex has shown to be a more reflective coating material than asphalt. Latex will require using a primer prior to putting on the actual coating. It is advised that you reapply a roof coating to your flat roof every few years to sustain its integrity.
Any kind of roofing material that you pick for your mobile home will require a regular maintenance plan. You must check with your roofing service provider and learn more about your roofing choices. It isn't suggested to do a roof replacement yourself. If you should use asphalt shingles, rubber roofing, or metal roofing on your mobile home will very likely depend upon your surrounding climate conditions, the quality and experience of your roofer, and how much money you are planning to spend. This guide should be able to give you some assistance.