The roofing system is the most essential component of a manufactured home's structure. Double and single-wide home roofs withstand snowfall, rainfall, hot weather, hailstorms, ice, trees, windstorms, hurricanes. twisters, and lets not forget critters. Your roof does not only safeguard the structure below. It also provides a safe haven 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 most effective 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 home owners are deciding to opt for roofs with a steeper 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 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 style 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 begins with the roof. Heat rises to the top. If your roof is not insulated, you will always find yourself raising the temperature in your home to keep it warm. Most mobile home roofing is 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 need to check to see its possible to repair your manufactured home roof. Usually membrane roofs such as TPO and EPDM can be repaired. Most mobile home roofs in The U.S. are assembled 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 because of its versatility. It can accommodate roofs of high and low slopes. Aluminum is lightweight and very long lasting. 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 repair and maintenance. 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 in the future, 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 leads to water accumulating on your roof; because of the waters inability to drain properly into your gutters.
With new modern 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 vulnerable to having problems. One of the problems with flat roofs is poor drainage. Water has the tendency to gather 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 select a material like TPO that has strong reflective attributes. Rubber asphalt roofs also tend to blister as a result of the heat. This can lead to roof leaks and tears in the roofs exterior lining requiring repair.
Most newer mobile homes are built with pitched roof systems. The top roof components of choice today are metal or asphalt shingles. Shingles have become the roof over 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 mobile home may not require a whole new roof over. If you already have asphalt shingles. It is possible to add another layer of shingles to your existing roof. This is generally done to repair leaks when asphalt roofs near the end of their useful life. TPO is one more 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 costs of the roof will differ depending upon 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 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.
Manufactured home rubber roof coatings are an easy solution 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 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 customarily applied with a brush. Doing this is a necessity for mobile homes with flat roofs. Most roof coatings will be asphalt based. Another roof coating choice is latex. Latex has shown to become a more reflective coating material than asphalt. Latex will require using a primer prior to putting on the actual coating. It is suggested that you reapply a roof coating to your flat roof every few years to maintain its integrity.
Any roofing system that you choose for your mobile home will need a regular repairs and maintenance plan. You should talk to your roofing specialist and find out about your roofing choices. It is not smart to do a roof over yourself. Whether you should use asphalt shingles, rubber roofing, or metal roofing on your manufactured home will very likely be dependent on your surrounding climate conditions, the quality and years of experience of your contractor, and how much you are looking to spend. This guide should be able to give you some assistance.