The roofing system is the most essential component of a manufactured home's structure. Double and single-wide home roofs endure snow, rainfall, hot weather, hailstorms, ice, tree branches, wind storms, hurricanes. tornados, and let us not over look pests. Your roof does not only give protection to the building below. It also provides a safe house for your family, 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 designed with asphalt shingles or metal. Asphalt shingles are the best 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 installations in the past were made with flat roofs or low slope roofs. Today homeowners are choosing to opt for roofs with a higher 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. Rain has the potential to pool up on a flat roof. This can lead to 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 exceptional protection for the rest of the house. 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 level 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 roof.
Before you go for a total roof replacement, you need to check to see its possible to repair your mobile home roof. Usually membrane roofs such as TPO and EPDM could be repaired. Most mobile home roofs in The U.S. are manufactured 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 slopes. 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 servicing. 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 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 home. Adding insulation to your metal or asphalt roof is also important to reduce 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 properly in to your gutters.
With new technology advances, it is advised to avoid using flat roofs on your mobile 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 insufficient drainage. Water has the propensity to accumulate and pool on flat surfaces. 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 exposed to the sun's heat. That is why you should choose a material like TPO that has strong reflective attributes. 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 designed with pitched roof systems. The best roof building materials of choice today are metal or asphalt roof shingles. Shingles have become the roof replacement 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 manufactured home may not need a whole new roof over. If you already have asphalt shingles. It is feasible to add another 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 an additional 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 roofer 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 upon 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 continual 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 way 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 expenses. This also helps keep your roofing system from experiencing roof leaks since this material will bond to the existing roof surface area to keep water out. Whenever this liquid rubber is applied around protrusions like double wide roof vents and chimneys, it will perform like flashing. It is usually applied with a brush. This is a necessity for mobile homes with flat roofs. Most roof coatings will be asphalt based. One other roof coating possibility is latex. Latex has shown to be a more reflective coating material than asphalt. Latex will require the use of a primer before applying the actual coating. It is strongly recommended that you reapply a roof coating to your flat roof every few years to preserve its integrity.
Any kind of roofing material that you select for your manufactured home will require a regular maintenance plan. You must check with your roofing service provider and learn more about your roofing possibilities. It is not smart to do a roof over yourself. If you should use asphalt shingles, rubber roofing, or metal roofing on your manufactured home will likely depend on your surrounding weather conditions, the quality and experience of your roofer, and how much money you are wanting to spend. This guide should be able to give you a helping hand.