The roof is easily the most essential component of a manufactured home's structure. Single and double-wide home roofs withstand snow, rainfall, hot weather, hailstorms, ice, tree branches, windstorms, hurricanes. tornados, and let us not over look animals. Your roof does not only secure the building 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 manufactured with asphalt shingles or metal. Asphalt shingles are the most effective type of roof material to use when the home has a high pitch. 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 slope 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 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 house. 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 thermostat in your home to keep it warm. Most mobile home roofs are insulated with fiberglass or spray foam. Here are some things to keep in mind when it comes to making decisions about your mobile home roofing.
Before you opt for a total roof replacement, you need to check to see its possible to repair your manufactured home roofing system. Usually membrane roofs such as TPO and EPDM can be repaired. Most mobile home roofs in The US 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 due to its flexibility. It can accommodate roofs of high and low slopes. 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 repair 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 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 avoid 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; because of the waters failure to drain efficiently into your gutters.
With new technology advances, it is advised to avoid using flat roofs on your mobile home. Flat mobile home roofs are synonomous with roof leaks. They are more susceptible to having problems. One of the problems with flat roofs is insufficient water drainage. Rainwater has the propensity to gather and pool on flat surface areas. On a roofing surface like 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 choose a building material like TPO that has strong reflective properties. Rubber asphalt roofs also have a tendency to blister from the heat. This can result in roof leaks and tears in the roofs exterior lining requiring repair.
Most newer mobile homes are manufactured with pitched roof systems. The leading roof building materials of choice today are metal or asphalt shingles. Shingles have become the roof over material of choice for most 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 manufactured home may not need a whole new roofing replacement. If you currently have asphalt shingles. It is feasible to add an additional layer of shingles to your existing roof. This is generally done to repair leaks when asphalt roofs near the end of their useful 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 vary depending upon materials used, the roofer, and the design 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 demand for roof repair. That is why we do not suggest rolled rubber roofing for your mobile home.
Manufactured home rubber roof coatings are an easy method to keep your mobile home air-conditioned. This process entails applying a elastomeric coating to your roof to reflect the suns heat. This will help you with air conditioner costs. This also helps keep your roofing system from suffering from 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 mobile home roof vents and chimneys, it will function like flashing. It is customarily spread with a brush. Doing this is a necessity for mobile homes with flat roofs. Most roof coatings are asphalt based. Another roof coating option is latex. Latex has shown to be a more reflective coating material than asphalt. Latex will require using a primer before applying the actual coating. It is suggested that you reapply a roof coating to your flat roof every couple of years to preserve its integrity.
Any roofing material that you choose for your manufactured home will require a regular maintenance plan. You have to check with your roofing contractor and find out about your roofing alternatives. It isn't advised to do a roof replacement yourself. If you should use asphalt shingles, rubber roofing, or metal roofing on your manufactured home will very likely depend upon your surrounding weather conditions, the quality and expertise of your contractor, and how much you are wanting to spend. This guide should be able to give you some assistance.