The roof covering is the most essential component of a manufactured home's structure. Double and single-wide house roofs withstand snow, rainfall, heat, hailstorms, ice, trees, wind storms, hurricanes. tornados, and lets not over look animals. Your roof does not only guard the building below. It also provides a safe haven for your family members, which is the roofs most important function. Mobile homes can be equipped with a few different varieties of roofing material. Most mobile home roofs will be assembled with asphalt shingles or metal. Asphalt shingles are the most ideal 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 installations in the past were made with flat roofs or low slope roofs. Today homeowners are choosing to go with roofs with a higher incline 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 lead to roof leaks and also expedite 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 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 bills. This starts 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 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 decide on a total roof replacement, you need to check to see its possible to repair your manufactured home roofing system. Usually membrane roofs like TPO and EPDM may be repaired. Most mobile home roofs in The US are built 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 inclines. Aluminum is lightweight and very resilient. Most standing seam roofs are constructed out of aluminum. Aluminum roofs usually carry long manufacturer's warranties. They are easy for a contractor to install and require little maintenance. 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 roofing contractors to add insulation in 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 stop 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 failure to drain correctly into your gutters.
With new technology advances, it is advised to avoid using flat roofs on your manufactured home. Flat mobile home roofs are synonomous with roof leaks. They are more prone to having problems. One of the problems with flat roofs is bad drainage. Water has the propensity to gather and pool on flat surfaces. 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. That is why you should go with a material like TPO that has strong reflective qualities. Rubber asphalt roofs also tend to blister due to the heat. This can result in roof leaks and tears in the roofs exterior lining requiring repair.
Most newer manufactured homes are built with pitched roof systems. The premier roof materials of choice today are metal or asphalt roof shingles. Shingles have become the roof over material of choice for most domestic 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 one layer. Your home may not need a whole new roof over. If you presently have asphalt shingles. It is possible to add one more layer of shingles to your existing roof. This is typically 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 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 on 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 improperly installed can lead to a constant need for roof repair. This is why we do not recommend rolled rubber roofing for your mobile home.
Mobile 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 conditioner expenses. It also helps keep your roof from experiencing roof leaks since this material will bind to the existing roof surface area 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 put on with a brush. This is a necessity for mobile homes with flat roofs. Most roof coatings are asphalt based. An additional roof coating alternative is latex. Latex has shown to become a more reflective coating 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 roofing system that you select for your manufactured home will require a regular repair and maintenance plan. You should consult with your roofing contractor and learn more about your roofing possibilities. It is not sensible 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 expertise of your roofer, and how much you are looking to spend. This overview should be able to give you a helping hand.