The roofing system is easily the most essential component of a mobile home's structure. Double and single-wide house roofs endure snowfall, rain, heat, hail storms, ice, tree branches, wind storms, hurricanes. twisters, and let us not forget critters. 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 can 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 slope. 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 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 lead to roof leaks and also expedite the need for a roof over. There is also aesthetic reasons to go with a high slope roof. This style 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 expenses. 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 home to keep it warm. Most mobile home roofing is 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 replacement, you should 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 US 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 preferred building material because of its flexibility. It can accommodate roofs of high and low pitches. Aluminum is light-weight and very durable. Most standing seam roof structures are constructed out of aluminum. Aluminum roofs usually carry long 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 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 between your original and new roof. This saves money over time, 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 prevent 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 failure to drain correctly in to your gutters.
With new modern technology advances, it is recommended to avoid using flat roofs on your manufactured home. Flat mobile home roof coverings are synonomous with roof leaks. They are more susceptible to having issues. Among the problems with flat roofs is inadequate drainage. Rain has the propensity to gather and pool on flat surfaces. On a roofing surface like shingles or metal, this can result in 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 opt for a component like TPO that has strong reflective properties. Rubber asphalt roofs also have a tendency to bubble as a result of the heat. This can result in roof leaks and ripples in the roofs exterior lining requiring repair.
Most newer mobile homes are designed with pitched roof systems. The premier roof materials of choice today are metal or asphalt shingles. Shingles have become the roof over material of choice for the majority of domestic 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 require a whole new roofing replacement. If you presently have asphalt shingles. It is possible 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 useful 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 costs 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 frequent need for roof repair. That is why we do not recommend rolled rubber roofing for your mobile home.
Mobile home rubber roof coatings are an easy method to keep your mobile home cool. This process entails applying a elastomeric coating to your roof to reflect the suns heat. This will help you with air conditioner costs. It also helps keep your roofing system from suffering from roof leaks since this material will adhere 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 put on with a brush. Doing this is a necessity for mobile homes with flat roofs. Most roof coatings are asphalt based. One other roof coating choice is latex. Latex has shown to become a more reflective coating material than asphalt. Latex will require the use of a primer prior to putting on the actual coating. It is recommended that you reapply a roof coating to your flat roof every couple of years to preserve its integrity.
Any kind of roofing system that you select for your mobile home will require a regular maintenance plan. You have to consult with your roofing service provider and find out about your roofing possibilities. It isn't recommended to do a roof over yourself. Whether or not you should use asphalt shingles, rubber roofing, or metal roofing on your manufactured home will likely depend on your surrounding climate conditions, the quality and years of experience of your contractor, and how much money you are looking to spend. This overview should be able to give you a helping hand.