The roof covering is one of the most essential component of a manufactured home's structure. Double and single wide house roofs withstand snowfall, rain, heat, hail storms, ice, tree branches, wind storms, hurricanes. tornados, and let us not overlook pests. Your roof doesn't only shield the building below. It also provides a safe harbor for your loved ones, 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 designed 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 choosing to go with 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. Water has the potential to pool up on a flat roof. This can result in roof leaks and also expedite the need for a roof over. 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 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 properly insulated will cost you a lot more in heating oil, electricity, and energy bills. This begins with the roof. Heat rises to the top. If your roof is not insulated, you will always find yourself raising the temperature in your house to keep it warm. Most mobile home roofing is 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 go for a total roof over, you need to check to see its possible to repair your manufactured home roof. Usually membrane roofs such as TPO and EPDM can be repaired. Most mobile home roofs in North America are manufactured with a metal or rubber roof. We will begin by discussing metal roofs first. When roofing contractors refer to metal roofs, they usually are referring to using aluminum. Aluminum is a preferred building material due to its versatility. It can accommodate roofs of high and low pitches. Aluminum is light in weight and very long lasting. Most standing seam roof coverings are constructed out of aluminum. Aluminum roofs usually carry long manufacturer's warranties. They are easy for a contractor to install and require little upkeep. 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 in the long run, because the new insulation will help prevent drafts and help you maintain the temperature in your home. 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; due to the waters failure to drain efficiently into your gutters.
With new modern technology advances, it is suggested to avoid using flat roofs on your mobile home. Flat mobile home roofs are synonomous with roof leaks. They are more vulnerable 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 such as shingles or metal, this can lead to a roofs early degeneration. Flat roofs also have a larger surface area that is subjected to the sun's heat. That is why you should opt for a component like TPO that has strong reflective characteristics. Rubber asphalt roofs also have a tendency to blister due to the heat. This can lead to roof leaks and tears in the roofs exterior lining requiring repair.
Most newer manufactured homes are constructed with pitched roof systems. The leading roof components of choice today are metal or asphalt shingles. Shingles have become the roof replacement material of choice for the majority of 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 manufactured home may not require a whole new roofing replacement. If you presently have asphalt shingles. It is possible to add an additional 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, affordable, 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 on 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 don't suggest rolled rubber roofing for your mobile home.
Mobile home rubber roof coatings are an easy method to keep your mobile home air-conditioned. This process requires applying a elastomeric coating to your roof to reflect the suns heat. This will help you with air conditioning costs. It also helps keep your roof from experiencing roof leaks since this material will adhere to the existing roof surface area to keep water out. When this liquid rubber is applied around protrusions like double wide roof vents and chimneys, it will perform like flashing. It is customarily put on with a brush. This is a necessity for mobile homes with flat roofs. Most roof coatings are asphalt based. Another roof coating choice is latex. Latex has shown to become a more reflective coating material than asphalt. Latex will require using a primer before putting on the actual coating. It is encouraged that you reapply a roof coating to your flat roof every couple of years to maintain its integrity.
Any kind of roofing material that you pick for your manufactured home will need a regular maintenance plan. You must consult with your roofing service provider and find out about your roofing alternatives. It isn't recommended to do a roof over yourself. Whether or not you should use asphalt shingles, rubber roofing, or metal roofing on your mobile home will most likely depend on your surrounding climate conditions, the quality and experience of your roofer, and how much money you are planning to spend. This resource should be able to give you a helping hand.