The roof is the most essential component of a manufactured home's structure. Single and double-wide house roofs withstand snowfall, rain, hot weather, hail storms, ice, tree branches, wind storms, hurricanes. tornados, and let us not forget vermin. Your roof doesn't only safeguard the structure below. It also provides a safe haven for your family, 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 assembled 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 deciding to go with roofs with a higher 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 accelerate 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 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 adequately insulated will cost you a lot more in heating oil, electricity, and energy costs. 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 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 go for a total roof replacement, you need to 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 built with a metal or rubber roof. We will begin by discussing metal roofs first. When roofers refer to metal roofs, they usually are referring to using aluminum. Aluminum is a preferred building material due to its versatility. It can accommodate roofs of high and low pitches. Aluminum is lightweight 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 upkeep. 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 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 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; because of the waters failure to drain properly in to your gutters.
With new 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 prone to having issues. One of the problems with flat roofs is poor drainage. Rain has the tendency to accumulate and pool on flat surface areas. On a roofing surface like shingles or metal, this can bring about a roofs early degeneration. Flat roofs also have a larger surface area that is subjected to the sun's heat energy. That is why you should select a component like TPO that has strong reflective characteristics. Rubber asphalt roofs also have a tendency to bubble due to the heat. This can lead to roof leaks and tears in the roofs exterior lining requiring repair.
Most newer mobile homes are designed with pitched roof systems. The top roof building materials of choice today are metal or asphalt roof shingles. Shingles have become the roof over 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 require a whole new roof over. If you already have asphalt shingles. It is feasible to add an additional layer of shingles to your original roof. This is normally 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, cost effective, 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 differ depending on materials used, the roofing contractor, and the type 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 need for roof repair. This is why we do not suggest rolled rubber roofing for your mobile home.
Mobile home rubber roof coatings are an easy method to keep your mobile home air-conditioned. This process involves applying a elastomeric coating to your roof to reflect the suns heat. This will help you with air conditioning expenses. It also helps keep your roofing system from experiencing roof leaks because this material will bind to the existing roof surface area to keep water out. Whenever this liquid rubber is applied around protrusions like manufactured home roof vents and chimneys, it will function like flashing. It is usually applied with a brush. Doing this is a necessity for mobile homes with flat roofs. Most roof coatings are asphalt based. An additional roof coating option is latex. Latex has shown to become a more reflective coating roof material than asphalt. Latex will require using a primer before applying the actual coating. It is strongly recommended 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 select for your mobile home will require a regular maintenance plan. You must consult with your roofing specialist and learn more about your roofing options. It is not advisable to do a roof over yourself. Whether or not you should use asphalt shingles, rubber roofing, or metal roofing on your mobile home will very likely depend on your surrounding weather conditions, the quality and years of experience of your contractor, and how much money you are planning to spend. This guide should be able to give you some assistance.