The roof is one of the most essential component of a manufactured home's structure. Single and double-wide home roofs endure snow, rainfall, heat, hail storms, ice, tree branches, wind storms, hurricanes. twisters, and lets not over look pests. Your roof does not only provide protection to the building below. It also provides a safe haven for your family members, which is the roofs most important function. Mobile homes may be equipped with a few different kinds of roofing material. Most mobile home roofs will be constructed 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 home owners are choosing to opt for roofs with a higher incline for numerous reasons. Flat roofs do not drain water away from the house like high slope roofs. Flat roofs also have a much 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 speed up the need for roof repair. There is also aesthetic 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 properly 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 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 roof.
Before you opt for a total roof replacement, you need to check to see its possible to repair your mobile home roof. Usually membrane roofs like TPO and EPDM can be repaired. Most mobile home roofs in The US are assembled with a metal or rubber roof. We will begin by discussing metal roofs first. When contractors refer to metal roofs, they usually are referring to using aluminum. Aluminum is a very popular building material due to its flexibility. It can accommodate roofs of high and low pitches. 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 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 roofers to add insulation in between your original and new roof. This saves money in the future, 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 pooling on your roof; because of the waters inability to drain correctly into your gutters.
With new innovation advances, it is suggested to avoid using flat roofs on your manufactured 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. Water has the tendency to collect and pool on flat surfaces. On a roofing surface like shingles or metal, this can lead to a roofs early deterioration. Flat roofs also have a larger surface area that is subjected to the sun's heat. That is why you should opt for a building material like TPO that has strong reflective properties. 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 mobile 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 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 mobile home may not need a whole new roof over. If you already have asphalt shingles. It is possible to add one more layer of shingles to your original roof. This is commonly done to repair leaks when asphalt roofs near the end of their useful 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 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 result in a constant need for roof repair. That is why we do not 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 expenses. It also helps keep your roof from suffering from roof leaks since this material will bond 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 put on with a brush. That 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 be a more reflective coating roof material than asphalt. Latex will require using a primer before applying the actual coating. It is suggested that you reapply a roof coating to your flat roof every few years to preserve its integrity.
Any kind of roofing system that you pick for your manufactured home will need a regular repairs and maintenance plan. You must talk to your roofing company and learn about your roofing possibilities. It isn't recommended to do a roof replacement yourself. If you should use asphalt shingles, rubber roofing, or metal roofing on your manufactured home will likely depend on your surrounding climate conditions, the quality and experience of your contractor, and how much money you are wanting to spend. This resource should be able to give you a helping hand.