The roofing system is the most essential component of a manufactured home's structure. Single and double-wide home roofs endure snow, rainfall, hot weather, hailstorms, ice, tree branches, windstorms, hurricanes. tornados, and lets not overlook critters. Your roof does not only secure the structure below. It also provides a safe harbor for your loved ones, which is the roofs most essential function. Mobile homes may 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 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 home owners are opting to opt for roofs with a higher incline 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 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. 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 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 in your home to keep it warm. Most mobile home roofing is 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 go for a total roof replacement, you should check to see its possible to repair your manufactured home roof. Usually membrane roofs such as TPO and EPDM may 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 contractors refer to metal roofs, they usually are referring to using aluminum. Aluminum is a very popular building material because of its versatility. It can accommodate roofs of high and low inclines. Aluminum is lightweight and very durable. 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 servicing. 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 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 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 encouraged to avoid using flat roofs on your mobile home. Flat mobile home roof coverings are synonomous with roof leaks. They are more vulnerable to having problems. One of the problems with flat roofs is insufficient drainage. Water has the propensity to collect 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 exposed to the sun's heat energy. That is why you should go with a component like TPO that has strong reflective qualities. Rubber asphalt roofs also have a tendency to blister as a result of the heat. This can produce roof leaks and tears in the roofs exterior lining requiring repair.
Most newer manufactured homes are constructed 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 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 just one layer. Your home may not need a whole new roof over. If you currently have asphalt shingles. It is feasible to add an additional layer of shingles to your existing 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, cost effective, 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 differ depending on materials used, the roofing contractor, 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 lead to a constant need for roof repair. This is why we don't 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 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 since this material will adhere to the existing roof surface area to keep water out. When this liquid rubber is applied around protrusions like double wide roof vents and chimneys, it will perform like flashing. It is customarily applied with a brush. That is a necessity for mobile homes with flat roofs. Most roof coatings are asphalt based. Another roof coating alternative is latex. Latex has shown to be a more reflective coating roof material than asphalt. Latex will require using a primer before putting on the actual coating. It is encouraged that you reapply a roof coating to your flat roof every couple of years to maintain its integrity.
Any kind of roofing system that you choose for your manufactured home will require a regular repair and maintenance plan. You have to talk to your roofing company and find out about your roofing possibilities. It isn't a good idea to do a roof replacement yourself. Whether or not you should use asphalt shingles, rubber roofing, or metal roofing on your manufactured home will likely depend on your surrounding weather conditions, the quality and expertise of your roofer, and how much money you are planning to spend. This resource should be able to give you some assistance.