The roofing system is the most essential component of a mobile home's structure. Double and single wide home roofs endure snow, rain, heat, hail storms, ice, trees, wind storms, hurricanes. twisters, and let us not forget animals. Your roof does not only give protection to the structure below. It also provides a safe harbor for your family, which is the roofs most important function. Mobile homes can be equipped with a few different varieties of roofing material. Most mobile home roofs will be constructed with asphalt shingles or metal. Asphalt shingles are the most effective 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 choosing to opt for 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 result in roof leaks and also accelerate the need for roof repair. There is also cosmetic 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 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 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 roofing.
Before you go for a total roof over, you need to check to see its possible to repair your manufactured home roofing system. Usually membrane roofs like TPO and EPDM could be repaired. Most mobile home roofs in The U.S. are built with a metal or rubber roof. We will begin by discussing metal roofs first. When roofing contractors refer to metal roofs, they usually are referring to using aluminum. Aluminum is a preferred building material due to its versatility. It can accommodate roofs of high and low slopes. Aluminum is lightweight 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 roofer 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 between your original and new roof. This saves money in the future, 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 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 properly in to your gutters.
With new modern technology advances, it is advised to avoid using flat roofs on your manufactured home. Flat mobile home roofing systems are synonomous with roof leaks. They are more prone to having issues. One of the problems with flat roofs is bad drainage. Rainwater has the propensity to gather 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 subjected to the sun's heat energy. That is why you should choose a component like TPO that has strong reflective properties. Rubber asphalt roofs also tend to blister due to the heat. This can result in roof leaks and ripples in the roofs exterior lining requiring repair.
Most newer mobile homes are manufactured with pitched roof systems. The leading roof components of choice today are metal or asphalt shingles. Shingles have become the roof over material of choice for most 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 manufactured home may not need a whole new roof over. If you currently have asphalt shingles. It is feasible to add an additional layer of shingles to your original roof. This is typically done to repair leaks when asphalt roofs near the end of their functional life. TPO is an additional 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 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 constant demand for roof repair. This is why we do not suggest rolled rubber roofing for your mobile home.
Mobile home rubber roof coatings are an easy method to keep your mobile home cool. This process entails applying a elastomeric coating to your roof to reflect the suns heat. This will help you with air conditioner expenses. This also helps keep your roof from experiencing 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 double wide roof vents and chimneys, it will function like flashing. It is usually put on with a brush. Doing this is a necessity for mobile homes with flat roofs. Most roof coatings will be asphalt based. One other roof coating alternative is latex. Latex has shown to be a more reflective coating roof material than asphalt. Latex will require using a primer prior to applying the actual coating. It is suggested that you reapply a roof coating to your flat roof every couple of years to sustain its integrity.
Any kind of roofing system that you pick for your manufactured home will require a regular maintenance plan. You have to talk to your roofing company and learn more about your roofing options. It isn't a good idea to do a roof replacement yourself. If 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 years of experience of your contractor, and how much money you are planning to spend. This resource should be able to give you a helping hand.