The roof is one of the most essential component of a mobile home's structure. Single and double wide house roofs endure snowfall, rain, heat, hail storms, ice, trees, wind storms, hurricanes. tornados, and let us not forget pests. Your roof doesn't only safeguard the structure below. It also provides a safe haven for your loved ones, which is the roofs most essential function. Mobile homes may be equipped with a few different varieties of roofing material. Most mobile home roofs will be designed with asphalt shingles or metal. Asphalt shingles are the most recommended 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 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 much shorter life cycle for this reason. Water has the potential to pool up on a flat roof. This can result in 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 home. Many 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 thermostat in your house to keep it warm. Most mobile home roofs are insulated with fiberglass or spray foam. Here are some things to keep in mind when it comes to making decisions about your mobile home roofing.
Before you decide on 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 US are built 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 popular building material because of its flexibility. It can accommodate roofs of high and low inclines. Aluminum is light in weight and very durable. Most standing seam roof structures are constructed out of aluminum. Aluminum roofs usually carry long manufacturer's warranties. They are easy for a roofer 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 between your original and new roof. This saves money in the long run, 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; because of the waters inability to drain efficiently into your gutters.
With new modern technology advances, it is suggested to avoid using flat roofs on your mobile home. Flat mobile home roofing systems are synonomous with roof leaks. They are more vulnerable to having issues. Among the problems with flat roofs is bad water drainage. Rainwater has the propensity to accumulate and pool on flat surfaces. On a roofing surface such as shingles or metal, this can bring about 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 choose a building material like TPO that has strong reflective characteristics. Rubber asphalt roofs also tend to blister due to the heat. This can cause roof leaks and ripples in the roofs exterior lining requiring repair.
Most newer mobile homes are constructed with pitched roof systems. The best roof components of choice today are metal or asphalt 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 one layer. Your manufactured 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 generally 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, reasonably priced, and easy for a contractor 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 roofing contractor, and the style and size of the roof. Although roof cost is important, it is not advisable to cut costs here. A roof poorly installed can lead to a constant demand 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 solution to keep your mobile home cool. 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 bond to the existing roof surface area to keep water out. Once this liquid rubber is applied around protrusions like mobile home roof vents and chimneys, it will perform like flashing. It is usually applied with a brush. Doing this is a necessity for mobile homes with flat roofs. Most roof coatings will be asphalt based. An additional roof coating choice is latex. Latex has shown to be a more reflective coating material than asphalt. Latex will require using a primer prior to putting on the actual coating. It is recommended that you reapply a roof coating to your flat roof every few years to maintain its integrity.
Any kind of roofing material that you select for your manufactured home will require a regular repairs and maintenance plan. You should check with your roofing specialist and find out about your roofing alternatives. It is not suggested to do a roof replacement yourself. If you should use asphalt shingles, rubber roofing, or metal roofing on your manufactured home will quite likely depend upon your surrounding climate conditions, the quality and experience of your contractor, and how much you are looking to spend. This guide should be able to give you a helping hand.