The roof is easily the most essential component of a mobile home's structure. Single and double wide house roofs withstand snowfall, rainfall, heat, hail storms, ice, trees, wind storms, hurricanes. tornados, and lets not over look critters. Your roof does not only give protection to the structure below. It also provides a safe haven for your loved ones, which is the roofs most essential 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 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 installations in the past were made with flat roofs or low slope roofs. Today homeowners are opting to opt for 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 much shorter life cycle for this reason. Rain 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 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 house. Many times your roof is the culprit when it comes to your house not being energy efficient. A house that is not adequately insulated will cost you a lot more in heating oil, electricity, and energy expenses. 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 think about when it comes to making decisions about your mobile home roof.
Before you decide on a total roof replacement, you need to check to see its possible to repair your manufactured home roofing system. Usually membrane roofs such as TPO and EPDM may be repaired. Most mobile home roofs in North America are constructed 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 due to its versatility. It can accommodate roofs of high and low pitches. Aluminum is lightweight and very long lasting. Most standing seam roofs are constructed out of aluminum. Aluminum roofs usually carry long manufacturer's 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 places that need it. If you are installing a metal roof over your existing roof, it is common practice for roofers to add insulation in 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 pooling on your roof; due to the waters failure to drain efficiently in to your gutters.
With new modern technology advances, it is recommended to avoid using flat roofs on your mobile home. Flat mobile home roof coverings are synonomous with roof leaks. They are more susceptible to having issues. One of the problems with flat roofs is bad water drainage. Rain has the propensity to collect and pool on flat surfaces. 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 exposed to the sun's heat energy. That is why you should go with a component like TPO that has strong reflective properties. Rubber asphalt roofs also tend to bubble from the heat. This can produce roof leaks and ripples in the roofs exterior lining requiring repair.
Most newer manufactured homes are designed 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 most 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 roof over. If you presently 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 one more option. TPO is a roofing membrane that is used on both high and low slope roofs. It is reflective, cost effective, 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 vary depending on materials used, the roofing contractor, and the type 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 frequent 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 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 conditioning expenses. This also helps keep your roofing system from experiencing roof leaks because 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 usually put on with a brush. Doing this is a necessity for mobile homes with flat roofs. Most roof coatings are asphalt based. One other roof coating possibility 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 recommended that you reapply a roof coating to your flat roof every few years to maintain its integrity.
Any type of roofing material that you pick for your manufactured home will require a regular repair and maintenance plan. You need to consult with your roofing company and learn about your roofing possibilities. It isn't advised to do a roof over yourself. Whether you should use asphalt shingles, rubber roofing, or metal roofing on your manufactured home will likely depend on your surrounding climate conditions, the quality and expertise of your roofer, and how much you are wanting to spend. This resource should be able to give you some assistance.