The roof covering is the most essential component of a manufactured home's structure. Double and single wide house roofs withstand snow, rain, heat, hailstorms, ice, tree branches, windstorms, hurricanes. tornados, and let us not over look pests. Your roof doesn't only guard the building below. It also provides a safe harbor 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 manufactured with asphalt shingles or metal. Asphalt shingles are the best 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 homeowners are opting 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 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 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 properly insulated will cost you a lot more in heating oil, electricity, and energy costs. 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 home to keep it warm. Most mobile home roofing is 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 go for a total roof replacement, 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 North America are manufactured 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 pitches. Aluminum is light-weight and very long lasting. Most standing seam roofs are constructed out of aluminum. Aluminum roofs usually carry long warranties. They are easy for a contractor to install and require little 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 over time, 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 reduce 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 inability to drain correctly in to your gutters.
With new innovation advances, it is recommended to avoid using flat roofs on your mobile home. Flat mobile home roofs are synonomous with roof leaks. They are more susceptible to having issues. One of the problems with flat roofs is bad water drainage. Rainwater has the propensity to collect and pool on flat surfaces. On a roofing surface like shingles or metal, this can lead to a roofs early degeneration. Flat roofs also have a larger surface area that is exposed to the sun's heat. That is why you should opt for a building material like TPO that has strong reflective properties. Rubber asphalt roofs also tend to blister from the heat. This can lead to roof leaks and tears in the roofs exterior lining requiring repair.
Most newer mobile homes are designed with pitched roof systems. The best roof materials of choice today are metal or asphalt roof shingles. Shingles have become the roof over material of choice for the majority of home 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 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 commonly 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 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 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 continual demand for roof repair. This is why we do not recommend rolled rubber roofing for your mobile home.
Mobile home rubber roof coatings are an easy method 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 expenses. It also helps keep your roof from suffering from roof leaks because this material will adhere to the existing roof surface area to keep water out. Whenever this liquid rubber is applied around protrusions like manufactured home roof vents and chimneys, it will function 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 option 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 putting on the actual coating. It is strongly recommended that you reapply a roof coating to your flat roof every few years to sustain its integrity.
Any kind of roofing system that you choose for your manufactured home will require a regular repair and maintenance plan. You need to check with your roofer and learn 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 manufactured home will very likely depend on your surrounding climate conditions, the quality and experience of your contractor, and how much money you are planning to spend. This guide should be able to give you a helping hand.