The roofing system is the most essential component of a mobile home's structure. Double and single wide house roofs withstand snowfall, rain, hot weather, hail storms, ice, tree branches, wind storms, hurricanes. twisters, and lets not over look pests. Your roof does not only give protection to the structure below. It also provides a safe harbor for your loved ones, 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 built with asphalt shingles or metal. Asphalt shingles are the most recommended 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 deciding to go with roofs with a higher slope for a few good 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 lead to roof leaks and also accelerate the need for a roof over. 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 exceptional 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 thoroughly 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 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 mobile home roof. Usually membrane roofs such as TPO and EPDM can be repaired. Most mobile home roofs in The US are designed 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 very popular building material due to its versatility. It can accommodate roofs of high and low slopes. Aluminum is light in weight and very resilient. Most standing seam roof coverings 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 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 reduce 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 modern technology advances, it is suggested to avoid using flat roofs on your manufactured home. Flat mobile home roofs are synonomous with roof leaks. They are more susceptible to having issues. One of the problems with flat roofs is insufficient 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 select a building material like TPO that has strong reflective attributes. Rubber asphalt roofs also have a tendency to blister due to the heat. This can cause roof leaks and tears in the roofs exterior lining requiring repair.
Most newer mobile homes are built with pitched roof systems. The premier roof components of choice today are metal or asphalt shingles. Shingles have become the roof replacement material of choice for most 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 mobile home may not need a whole new roof over. If you already have asphalt shingles. It is possible to add one more layer of shingles to your existing roof. This is generally 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 roofer 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 prices of the roof will differ 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 improperly installed can result in a frequent need for roof repair. That is why we do not recommend rolled rubber roofing for your mobile home.
Manufactured 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 conditioner expenses. This also helps keep your roofing system from having roof leaks because this material will bind to the existing roof surface area to keep water out. When this liquid rubber is applied around protrusions like manufactured home roof vents and chimneys, it will function like flashing. It is customarily put on with a brush. This is a necessity for mobile homes with flat roofs. Most roof coatings will be asphalt based. An additional roof coating selection is latex. Latex has shown to become a more reflective coating material than asphalt. Latex will require the use of a primer before putting on the actual coating. It is advised that you reapply a roof coating to your flat roof every couple of years to maintain its integrity.
Any roofing system that you pick for your manufactured home will need a regular maintenance plan. You should check with your roofing specialist and learn more about your roofing alternatives. It isn't smart to do a roof over yourself. Whether or not you should use asphalt shingles, rubber roofing, or metal roofing on your mobile home will quite likely depend upon your surrounding weather conditions, the quality and years of experience of your contractor, and how much money you are wanting to spend. This overview should be able to give you a helping hand.