The roof covering is one of the most essential component of a mobile home's structure. Double and single wide house roofs withstand snow, rain, heat, hailstorms, ice, tree branches, wind storms, hurricanes. twisters, and let us not forget critters. Your roof doesn't only protect the building below. It also provides a safe haven for your family, which is the roofs most important function. Mobile homes can be equipped with a few different kinds of roofing material. Most mobile home roofs will be manufactured 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 opt for roofs with a steeper incline 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. 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 exceptional protection for the rest of the house. Many 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 costs. 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 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 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 assembled 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 pitches. Aluminum is lightweight and very resilient. 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 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 in 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 house. Adding insulation to your metal or asphalt roof is also important to prevent 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 inability to drain properly into your gutters.
With new 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 susceptible to having problems. Among the problems with flat roofs is insufficient drainage. Water has the propensity to gather 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 material like TPO that has strong reflective attributes. Rubber asphalt roofs also tend to blister due to the heat. This can cause roof leaks and tears in the roofs exterior lining requiring repair.
Most newer manufactured homes are designed with pitched roof systems. The top roof materials of choice today are metal or asphalt shingles. Shingles have become the roof over material of choice for the majority of 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 one layer. Your home may not need 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 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, budget-friendly, 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 differ depending on 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 improperly installed can result in a constant need for roof repair. This 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 cool. This process requires adding 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 because this material will adhere to the existing roof surface 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. Doing this is a necessity for mobile homes with flat roofs. Most roof coatings will be asphalt based. Another roof coating selection 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 few years to maintain its integrity.
Any roofing system that you choose for your manufactured home will need a regular repair and maintenance plan. You need to talk to your roofer and learn more about your roofing possibilities. It is not suggested to do a roof replacement yourself. Whether you should use asphalt shingles, rubber roofing, or metal roofing on your manufactured home will most likely be dependent on your surrounding weather conditions, the quality and expertise of your contractor, and how much you are planning to spend. This resource should be able to give you a helping hand.