The roof covering is easily the most essential component of a mobile home's structure. Double and single wide house roofs withstand snow, rain, hot weather, hail storms, ice, trees, windstorms, hurricanes. tornados, and lets not over look animals. Your roof doesn't only safeguard the structure below. It also provides a safe house for your loved ones, which is the roofs most important function. Mobile homes could be equipped with a few different types of roofing material. Most mobile home roofs will be designed 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 home owners are deciding to opt for 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. Rainwater has the potential to pool up on a flat roof. This can lead to roof leaks and also expedite the need for roof repair. 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 superior 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 properly 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 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 opt for a total roof replacement, you should check to see its possible to repair your manufactured home roofing system. Usually membrane roofs such as TPO and EPDM may be repaired. Most mobile home roofs in The U.S. are manufactured 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 pitches. Aluminum is light in weight and very durable. Most standing seam roofs are constructed out of aluminum. Aluminum roofs usually carry long manufacturer's warranties. They are easy for a roofer to install and require little servicing. 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 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 prevent 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 pooling on your roof; due to the waters inability to drain correctly into your gutters.
With new innovation advances, it is suggested to avoid using flat roofs on your mobile home. Flat mobile home roofing systems are synonomous with roof leaks. They are more prone to having problems. One of the problems with flat roofs is inadequate water drainage. Rainwater has the propensity to accumulate and pool on flat surfaces. On a roofing surface such as shingles or metal, this can result in a roofs early deterioration. Flat roofs also have a larger surface area that is subjected to the sun's heat energy. That is why you should go with a building material like TPO that has strong reflective attributes. Rubber asphalt roofs also tend 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 premier roof materials of choice today are metal or asphalt shingles. Shingles have become the roof replacement material of choice for the majority of 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 just one layer. Your home may not need a whole new roofing replacement. If you already have asphalt shingles. It is possible to add another 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 an additional 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 regarded 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 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 improperly installed can result in a constant demand for roof repair. That is why we don't recommend rolled rubber roofing for your mobile home.
Manufactured home rubber roof coatings are an easy means 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 conditioning costs. It also helps keep your roofing system from having roof leaks since this material will adhere to the existing roof surface area to keep water out. Once this liquid rubber is applied around protrusions like manufactured 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 will be asphalt based. Another 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 before applying the actual coating. It is suggested that you reapply a roof coating to your flat roof every few years to sustain its integrity.
Any type of roofing material that you pick for your mobile home will need a regular repair and maintenance plan. You must consult with your contractor and learn about your roofing choices. It isn't sensible to do a roof over yourself. If 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 years of experience of your contractor, and how much you are planning to spend. This resource should be able to give you a helping hand.