The roof covering is the most essential component of a mobile home's structure. Single and double-wide home roofs endure snow, rain, hot weather, hail storms, ice, tree branches, windstorms, hurricanes. twisters, and let us not overlook vermin. Your roof doesn't only offer protection to the building below. It also provides a safe harbor for your household, which is the roofs most essential function. Mobile homes can be equipped with a few different types of roofing material. Most mobile home roofs will be manufactured with asphalt shingles or metal. Asphalt shingles are the most recommended 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 deciding to go with roofs with a steeper incline for numerous 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 lead to roof leaks and also expedite 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 house. Many 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 starts 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 roofs are 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 opt for a total roof over, you need to 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 designed 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 very popular building material because of its flexibility. It can accommodate roofs of high and low slopes. Aluminum is light-weight and very durable. 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 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 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 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 properly into your gutters.
With new innovation advances, it is encouraged to avoid using flat roofs on your mobile home. Flat mobile home roofing systems are synonomous with roof leaks. They are more susceptible to having issues. Among the problems with flat roofs is poor water drainage. Rain has the tendency to accumulate and pool on flat surface areas. On a roofing surface like 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 attributes. Rubber asphalt roofs also have a tendency to bubble as a result of the heat. This can result in roof leaks and ripples in the roofs exterior lining requiring repair.
Most newer mobile homes are designed with pitched roof systems. The leading roof building materials 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 just one layer. Your home may not need a whole new roofing replacement. If you presently have asphalt shingles. It is feasible to add an additional 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 one more 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 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 differ depending on materials used, the roofer, and the type 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 need for roof repair. This is why we don't suggest rolled rubber roofing for your mobile home.
Manufactured home rubber roof coatings are an easy solution to keep your mobile home cool. 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 adhere 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 customarily 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 using a primer prior to putting on the actual coating. It is strongly recommended that you reapply a roof coating to your flat roof every couple of years to preserve its integrity.
Any kind of roofing material that you choose for your manufactured home will require a regular repairs and maintenance plan. You need to talk to your roofer and learn about your roofing choices. It isn't advised 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 experience of your roofer, and how much money you are planning to spend. This overview should be able to give you some assistance.