The roof is the most essential component of a mobile home's structure. Double and single wide home roofs withstand snowfall, rainfall, heat, hail storms, ice, tree branches, windstorms, hurricanes. twisters, and lets not forget animals. Your roof does not only protect the building below. It also provides a safe house for your family, 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 designed 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 systems in the past were made with flat roofs or low slope roofs. Today home owners 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 much 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 speed up the need for a roof over. 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 house. 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 bills. 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 roofing.
Before you decide on a total roof over, you should check to see its possible to repair your mobile home roof. Usually membrane roofs like 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 preferred building material because of its flexibility. It can accommodate roofs of high and low inclines. Aluminum is light in weight and very resilient. 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 upkeep. 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 roofers to add insulation between your original and new roof. This saves money down the road, 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 results in water accumulating on your roof; because of the waters failure to drain correctly into your gutters.
With new innovation 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 vulnerable to having problems. Among the problems with flat roofs is poor water drainage. Rain has the propensity to collect and pool on flat surface areas. On a roofing surface such as shingles or metal, this can result in 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 component like TPO that has strong reflective characteristics. Rubber asphalt roofs also have a tendency to bubble from the heat. This can lead to roof leaks and tears in the roofs exterior lining requiring repair.
Most newer mobile homes are manufactured with pitched roof systems. The leading roof materials of choice today are metal or asphalt shingles. Shingles have become the roof over material of choice for most 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 home may not require a whole new roofing replacement. If you currently have asphalt shingles. It is possible to add another layer of shingles to your existing roof. This is commonly 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, 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 improperly installed can lead to a continual 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 way to keep your mobile home air-conditioned. This process entails adding a elastomeric coating to your roof to reflect the suns heat. This will help you with air conditioner expenses. This also helps keep your roofing system from suffering from roof leaks since this material will bond to the existing roof surface to keep water out. When this liquid rubber is applied around protrusions like manufactured home roof vents and chimneys, it will perform like flashing. It is customarily applied with a brush. That is a necessity for mobile homes with flat roofs. Most roof coatings will be asphalt based. One other roof coating choice is latex. Latex has shown to be a more reflective coating material than asphalt. Latex will require the use of a primer prior to applying the actual coating. It is recommended that you reapply a roof coating to your flat roof every couple of years to sustain its integrity.
Any roofing material that you choose for your manufactured home will need a regular repair and maintenance plan. You must check with your roofing service provider and learn more about your roofing possibilities. It isn't advisable to do a roof replacement yourself. Whether or not you should use asphalt shingles, rubber roofing, or metal roofing on your manufactured home will most likely be dependent on your surrounding climate conditions, the quality and experience of your contractor, and how much you are looking to spend. This overview should be able to give you a helping hand.