The roof covering is one of the most essential component of a mobile home's structure. Double and single-wide home roofs endure snow, rain, hot weather, hail storms, ice, trees, windstorms, hurricanes. twisters, and lets not forget animals. Your roof doesn't only give protection to the building below. It also provides a safe harbor for your loved ones, which is the roofs most essential function. Mobile homes could be equipped with a few different types of roofing material. Most mobile home roofs will be constructed 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 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 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. Often 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 expenses. This starts 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 house 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 over, you need to check to see its possible to repair your mobile home roof. Usually membrane roofs such as TPO and EPDM can be repaired. Most mobile home roofs in The U.S. are designed 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 versatility. It can accommodate roofs of high and low inclines. Aluminum is light in weight and very strong. Most standing seam roof coverings are constructed out of aluminum. Aluminum roofs usually carry long warranties. They are easy for a roofer to install and require little upkeep. 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 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 home. 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 results in water accumulating on your roof; because of the waters inability to drain efficiently into your gutters.
With new modern 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 prone to having problems. Among the problems with flat roofs is poor water drainage. Rainwater has the tendency to accumulate and pool on flat surfaces. On a roofing surface such as shingles or metal, this can lead to a roofs early deterioration. Flat roofs also have a larger surface area that is exposed to the sun's heat energy. That is why you should go with a building material like TPO that has strong reflective properties. Rubber asphalt roofs also have a tendency to bubble due to the heat. This can produce roof leaks and ripples in the roofs exterior lining requiring repair.
Most newer mobile homes are built with pitched roof systems. The best roof components of choice today are metal or asphalt roof shingles. Shingles have become the roof replacement 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 just one layer. Your mobile home may not require a whole new roofing replacement. If you presently have asphalt shingles. It is feasible to add one more layer of shingles to your original roof. This is generally done to repair leaks when asphalt roofs near the end of their functional life. TPO is another option. TPO is a roofing membrane that is used on both high and low slope roofs. It is reflective, affordable, 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 prices of the roof will vary 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 frequent 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 entails adding a elastomeric coating to your roof to reflect the suns heat. This will help you with air conditioning costs. This also helps keep your roofing system 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 double wide roof vents and chimneys, it will perform 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. One other roof coating choice 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 encouraged that you reapply a roof coating to your flat roof every few years to preserve its integrity.
Any type of roofing material that you choose for your mobile home will need a regular repair and maintenance plan. You have to talk to your roofing service provider and learn more about your roofing possibilities. It is not recommended to do a roof replacement yourself. If you should use asphalt shingles, rubber roofing, or metal roofing on your mobile home will very likely depend upon your surrounding climate conditions, the quality and experience of your roofer, and how much you are planning to spend. This overview should be able to give you some assistance.