The roof is the most essential component of a manufactured home's structure. Double and single-wide house roofs endure snow, rain, hot weather, hail storms, ice, trees, wind storms, hurricanes. twisters, and let us not over look animals. Your roof does not only provide protection to the building below. It also provides a safe haven for your household, 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 ideal 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 opting to go with roofs with a higher incline for a few good 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. Water 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 cosmetic 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 home. Many times your roof is the culprit when it comes to your house not being energy efficient. A house that is not adequately 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 consider when it comes to making decisions about your mobile home roof.
Before you opt for a total roof over, you should check to see its possible to repair your mobile home roofing system. Usually membrane roofs such as TPO and EPDM could be repaired. Most mobile home roofs in North America 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 very popular building material because of its versatility. It can accommodate roofs of high and low inclines. Aluminum is light in weight and very resilient. Most standing seam roof structures are constructed out of aluminum. Aluminum roofs usually carry long 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 over time, 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 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 correctly into your gutters.
With new modern technology advances, it is advised to avoid using flat roofs on your manufactured home. Flat mobile home roof coverings are synonomous with roof leaks. They are more prone to having issues. Among the problems with flat roofs is insufficient water drainage. Water has the propensity to accumulate and pool on flat surfaces. On a roofing surface like shingles or metal, this can bring about a roofs early deterioration. Flat roofs also have a larger surface area that is subjected to the sun's heat energy. That is why you should go with a building material like TPO that has strong reflective attributes. Rubber asphalt roofs also have a tendency to blister as a result of the heat. This can lead to roof leaks and ripples in the roofs exterior lining requiring repair.
Most newer manufactured homes are designed with pitched roof systems. The best roof materials of choice today are metal or asphalt shingles. Shingles have become the roof over material of choice for most 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 manufactured home may not need a whole new roofing replacement. If you currently have asphalt shingles. It is feasible to add one more layer of shingles to your existing roof. This is typically 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, affordable, 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 prices of the roof will vary depending on materials used, the roofing contractor, and the design and size of the roof. Although roof cost is important, it is not advisable to cut costs here. A roof improperly installed can lead to a frequent demand for roof repair. That 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 requires adding a elastomeric coating to your roof to reflect the suns heat. This will help you with air conditioning costs. It also helps keep your roofing system from having roof leaks because this material will bond to the existing roof surface to keep water out. When this liquid rubber is applied around protrusions like mobile home roof vents and chimneys, it will perform like flashing. It is usually put on with a brush. That is a necessity for mobile homes with flat roofs. Most roof coatings will be asphalt based. An additional roof coating solution is latex. Latex has shown to be a more reflective coating roof material than asphalt. Latex will require using a primer prior to applying the actual coating. It is encouraged that you reapply a roof coating to your flat roof every couple of years to preserve its integrity.
Any roofing system that you choose for your mobile home will require a regular repair and maintenance plan. You have to check with your roofer and learn about your roofing alternatives. It isn't sensible to do a roof replacement yourself. Whether or not you should use asphalt shingles, rubber roofing, or metal roofing on your manufactured home will quite likely depend on your surrounding climate conditions, the quality and years of experience of your contractor, and how much you are looking to spend. This overview should be able to give you some assistance.