The roof is the most essential component of a manufactured home's structure. Double and single-wide home roofs withstand snowfall, rainfall, hot weather, hailstorms, ice, trees, wind storms, hurricanes. tornados, and let us not over look pests. Your roof does not only defend the structure below. It also provides a safe haven for your family, which is the roofs most essential function. Mobile homes can be equipped with a few different varieties of roofing material. Most mobile home roofs will be constructed with asphalt shingles or metal. Asphalt shingles are the most recommended 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 deciding to opt for roofs with a higher slope for numerous 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. Water has the potential to pool up on a flat roof. This can result in roof leaks and also accelerate the need for a roof over. 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 bills. This starts 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 consider when it comes to making decisions about your mobile home roofing.
Before you opt for a total roof over, you should check to see its possible to repair your manufactured home roofing system. Usually membrane roofs such as TPO and EPDM could 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 preferred building material because of its versatility. It can accommodate roofs of high and low slopes. Aluminum is light in weight and very strong. Most standing seam roof structures are constructed out of aluminum. Aluminum roofs usually carry long manufacturer's warranties. They are easy for a contractor to install and require little repairs 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 roofers to add insulation in between your original and new roof. This saves money in the future, 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 accumulating on your roof; because of the waters inability to drain correctly into your gutters.
With new innovation advances, it is recommended 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. One of the problems with flat roofs is bad water drainage. Rainwater has the tendency to collect 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. That is why you should select a component like TPO that has strong reflective characteristics. Rubber asphalt roofs also tend to bubble due to the heat. This can cause roof leaks and ripples 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 shingles. Shingles have become the roof over material of choice for the majority of non commercial 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 roofing replacement. If you presently have asphalt shingles. It is possible to add another 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 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 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 upon 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 demand 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 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 having roof leaks because this material will bind to the existing roof surface to keep water out. Once this liquid rubber is applied around protrusions like double wide roof vents and chimneys, it will function like flashing. It is usually spread with a brush. 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 the use of a primer prior to putting on the actual coating. It is suggested that you reapply a roof coating to your flat roof every few years to sustain its integrity.
Any kind of roofing system that you choose for your manufactured home will need a regular repair and maintenance plan. You should check with your roofing contractor and learn about your roofing choices. It is not suggested to do a roof replacement yourself. If you should use asphalt shingles, rubber roofing, or metal roofing on your mobile home will 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.