The roofing system is one of the most essential component of a manufactured home's structure. Double and single wide home roofs endure snow, rain, hot weather, hail storms, ice, trees, windstorms, hurricanes. tornados, and lets not overlook animals. Your roof does not only defend the building below. It also provides a safe harbor for your household, which is the roofs most important function. Mobile homes could be equipped with a few different varieties of roofing material. Most mobile home roofs will be manufactured 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 opting 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. Rainwater has the potential to pool up on a flat roof. This can lead to roof leaks and also speed up 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 house. 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 bills. 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 home 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 roofing.
Before you opt for a total roof over, you need to check to see its possible to repair your mobile home roofing system. Usually membrane roofs such as TPO and EPDM may be repaired. Most mobile home roofs in The U.S. are built 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 popular building material due to its versatility. It can accommodate roofs of high and low slopes. Aluminum is light-weight and very strong. Most standing seam roof structures are constructed out of aluminum. Aluminum roofs usually carry long warranties. They are easy for a contractor to install and require little repair and 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 roofers 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 avoid 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 accumulating on your roof; due to the waters inability to drain properly in to your gutters.
With new innovation 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 susceptible to having issues. One of 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 subjected to the sun's heat. That is why you should select a component like TPO that has strong reflective properties. Rubber asphalt roofs also tend to blister as a result of the heat. This can cause roof leaks and tears in the roofs exterior lining requiring repair.
Most newer manufactured homes are manufactured with pitched roof systems. The top roof building materials of choice today are metal or asphalt shingles. Shingles have become the roof replacement material of choice for most non commercial 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 need a whole new roof over. If you already have asphalt shingles. It is possible to add an additional layer of shingles to your original roof. This is normally 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 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 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 improperly installed can result in a constant need for roof repair. This is why we don't recommend rolled rubber roofing for your mobile home.
Manufactured home rubber roof coatings are an easy solution 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 conditioner costs. It also helps keep your roof from having roof leaks because this material will bind to the existing roof surface to keep water out. Once this liquid rubber is applied around protrusions like mobile home roof vents and chimneys, it will function like flashing. It is usually applied with a brush. That is a necessity for mobile homes with flat roofs. Most roof coatings will be asphalt based. Another roof coating possibility is latex. Latex has shown to become a more reflective coating roof material than asphalt. Latex will require the use of a primer prior to putting on the actual coating. It is encouraged that you reapply a roof coating to your flat roof every couple of years to sustain its integrity.
Any type of roofing system that you choose for your manufactured home will require a regular maintenance plan. You should talk to your roofer and find out about your roofing alternatives. It is not recommended to do a roof replacement yourself. Whether you should use asphalt shingles, rubber roofing, or metal roofing on your mobile home will very likely depend upon your surrounding weather conditions, the quality and experience of your contractor, and how much money you are planning to spend. This guide should be able to give you some assistance.