The roof is the most essential component of a manufactured home's structure. Single and double wide home roofs endure snow, rainfall, hot weather, hailstorms, ice, trees, wind storms, hurricanes. twisters, and lets not forget critters. Your roof doesn't only provide protection to the structure below. It also provides a safe haven for your family members, 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 assembled with asphalt shingles or metal. Asphalt shingles are the best 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 opting to go with roofs with a steeper 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. Rainwater has the potential to pool up on a flat roof. This can result in 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. 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 expenses. This begins 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 house to keep it warm. Most mobile home roofing is insulated with fiberglass or spray foam. Here are some things to keep in mind 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 could be repaired. Most mobile home roofs in North America are constructed 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 popular building material due to its versatility. It can accommodate roofs of high and low inclines. Aluminum is light in weight and very long lasting. Most standing seam roofs are constructed out of aluminum. Aluminum roofs usually carry long warranties. They are easy for a roofer 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 roofing contractors 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 avoid 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 inability to drain correctly into your gutters.
With new modern technology advances, it is recommended to avoid using flat roofs on your mobile home. Flat mobile home roof coverings are synonomous with roof leaks. They are more vulnerable to having issues. Among the problems with flat roofs is poor drainage. Water has the propensity to collect and pool on flat surface areas. On a roofing surface such as shingles or metal, this can result in a roofs early degeneration. Flat roofs also have a larger surface area that is exposed to the sun's heat energy. That is why you should opt for a component like TPO that has strong reflective qualities. Rubber asphalt roofs also tend to bubble from the heat. This can result in roof leaks and tears in the roofs exterior lining requiring repair.
Most newer manufactured homes are constructed with pitched roof systems. The leading roof materials of choice today are metal or asphalt shingles. Shingles have become the roof replacement material of choice for most 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 possible to add another layer of shingles to your existing roof. This is normally done to repair leaks when asphalt roofs near the end of their useful life. TPO is another option. TPO is a roofing membrane that is used on both high and low slope roofs. It is reflective, reasonably priced, 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 costs of the roof will vary depending upon materials used, the roofer, 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. That is why we don't suggest rolled rubber roofing for your mobile home.
Manufactured home rubber roof coatings are an easy solution 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 expenses. It also helps keep your roofing system from having roof leaks because this material will bond to the existing roof surface area to keep water out. When this liquid rubber is applied around protrusions like mobile home roof vents and chimneys, it will perform 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. One other roof coating possibility is latex. Latex has shown to be a more reflective coating roof material than asphalt. Latex will require using a primer prior to putting on the actual coating. It is strongly recommended that you reapply a roof coating to your flat roof every couple of years to sustain its integrity.
Any kind of roofing material that you select for your manufactured home will require a regular repairs and maintenance plan. You need to consult with your roofer and learn about your roofing choices. It is not sensible to do a roof over yourself. Whether you should use asphalt shingles, rubber roofing, or metal roofing on your manufactured home will likely depend upon your surrounding climate 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.