The roof covering is easily the most essential component of a mobile home's structure. Single and double-wide home roofs endure snow, rainfall, heat, hail storms, ice, trees, windstorms, hurricanes. twisters, and lets not overlook animals. Your roof does not only guard the structure below. It also provides a safe house for your family members, which is the roofs most important function. Mobile homes may be equipped with a few different types of roofing material. Most mobile home roofs will be built 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 choosing to opt for 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. 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 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 properly 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 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 decide on a total roof replacement, you should check to see its possible to repair your manufactured home roof. Usually membrane roofs like TPO and EPDM may be repaired. Most mobile home roofs in The United States 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 preferred building material due to its flexibility. It can accommodate roofs of high and low inclines. Aluminum is lightweight and very durable. Most standing seam roofs are constructed out of aluminum. Aluminum roofs usually carry long manufacturer's warranties. They are easy for a roofer to install and require little servicing. 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 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 stop 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 failure to drain properly into your gutters.
With new technology advances, it is advised to avoid using flat roofs on your manufactured home. Flat mobile home roofing systems are synonomous with roof leaks. They are more susceptible to having issues. Among the problems with flat roofs is inadequate water drainage. Rainwater has the propensity to accumulate and pool on flat surfaces. On a roofing surface like shingles or metal, this can result in a roofs early deterioration. Flat roofs also have a larger surface area that is exposed to the sun's heat. That is why you should go with a building material like TPO that has strong reflective properties. Rubber asphalt roofs also tend to blister due to the heat. This can lead to roof leaks and ripples in the roofs exterior lining requiring repair.
Most newer manufactured homes are built with pitched roof systems. The best roof building materials of choice today are metal or asphalt shingles. Shingles have become the roof over material of choice for the majority of domestic 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 manufactured home may not need a whole new roofing replacement. If you currently 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 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, budget friendly, 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 on materials used, the roofer, and the style 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 demand for roof repair. This is why we do not recommend rolled rubber roofing for your mobile home.
Manufactured home rubber roof coatings are an easy means to keep your mobile home air-conditioned. This process involves applying 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 having roof leaks because this material will bond to the existing roof surface to keep water out. Whenever this liquid rubber is applied around protrusions like mobile home roof vents and chimneys, it will perform like flashing. It is customarily applied with a brush. Doing this is a necessity for mobile homes with flat roofs. Most roof coatings are asphalt based. An additional roof coating alternative is latex. Latex has shown to be a more reflective coating roof material than asphalt. Latex will require using a primer before putting on the actual coating. It is strongly recommended that you reapply a roof coating to your flat roof every couple of years to maintain its integrity.
Any type of roofing material that you pick for your manufactured home will require a regular repairs and maintenance plan. You should check with your roofing service provider and learn about your roofing options. It is not advised to do a roof replacement yourself. Whether you should use asphalt shingles, rubber roofing, or metal roofing on your mobile home will most likely be dependent on your surrounding climate conditions, the quality and expertise of your roofer, and how much you are planning to spend. This resource should be able to give you some assistance.