The roof is one of the most essential component of a manufactured home's structure. Double and single-wide home roofs withstand snow, rain, heat, hailstorms, ice, trees, windstorms, hurricanes. tornados, and lets not overlook pests. Your roof does not only give protection to the structure below. It also provides a safe house for your loved ones, which is the roofs most essential function. Mobile homes can be equipped with a few different varieties of roofing material. Most mobile home roofs will be assembled 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 homeowners are deciding 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 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 expedite the need for a roof over. 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 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 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 temperature 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 opt for a total roof replacement, you should check to see its possible to repair your mobile home roofing system. Usually membrane roofs like TPO and EPDM may be repaired. Most mobile home roofs in The U.S. are manufactured 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 preferred building material due to its flexibility. It can accommodate roofs of high and low inclines. Aluminum is light-weight and very durable. Most standing seam roof coverings are constructed out of aluminum. Aluminum roofs usually carry long manufacturer's warranties. They are easy for a contractor to install and require little repair 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 roofing contractors 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 avoid 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 pooling on your roof; because of the waters failure to drain efficiently into your gutters.
With new technology advances, it is suggested 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 problems. Among the problems with flat roofs is bad drainage. Rainwater has the tendency to accumulate and pool on flat surface areas. On a roofing surface such as shingles or metal, this can bring about a roofs early degeneration. Flat roofs also have a larger surface area that is subjected to the sun's heat energy. That is why you should choose a material like TPO that has strong reflective characteristics. Rubber asphalt roofs also have a tendency to blister due to the heat. This can result in roof leaks and tears in the roofs exterior lining requiring repair.
Most newer mobile homes are designed with pitched roof systems. The leading roof components of choice today are metal or asphalt shingles. Shingles have become the roof replacement material of choice for the majority of residential 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 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 typically done to repair leaks when asphalt roofs near the end of their useful life. TPO is another 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 prices of the roof will differ depending upon 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 improperly installed can lead to a continual need for roof repair. This is why we do not suggest rolled rubber roofing for your mobile home.
Manufactured home rubber roof coatings are an easy method 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. It also helps keep your roofing system from experiencing roof leaks since this material will bind to the existing roof surface to keep water out. When this liquid rubber is applied around protrusions like double wide roof vents and chimneys, it will function like flashing. It is customarily put on with a brush. This is a necessity for mobile homes with flat roofs. Most roof coatings will be asphalt based. Another roof coating possibility is latex. Latex has shown to be a more reflective coating roof material than asphalt. Latex will require the use of a primer prior to applying the actual coating. It is strongly recommended that you reapply a roof coating to your flat roof every few years to preserve its integrity.
Any type of roofing material that you select for your mobile home will require a regular maintenance plan. You should consult with your contractor and learn more about your roofing choices. It isn't a good idea to do a roof over yourself. Whether you should use asphalt shingles, rubber roofing, or metal roofing on your mobile home will likely depend on your surrounding climate conditions, the quality and experience of your roofer, and how much you are planning to spend. This resource should be able to give you some assistance.