The roof is the most essential component of a mobile home's structure. Double and single wide home roofs endure snowfall, rainfall, heat, hail storms, ice, tree branches, wind storms, hurricanes. tornados, and let us not over look vermin. Your roof doesn't only defend the structure below. It also provides a safe harbor for your family members, 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 assembled 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 choosing 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 much shorter life cycle for this reason. Water 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 style of roof will give your mobile home a more modern look while still providing superior protection for the rest of the home. 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 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 house 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 opt for a total roof over, you should check to see its possible to repair your mobile home roof. Usually membrane roofs such as TPO and EPDM can 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 very popular building material due to its flexibility. It can accommodate roofs of high and low slopes. Aluminum is light-weight and very resilient. Most standing seam roofs 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 roofing contractors 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 home. Adding insulation to your metal or asphalt roof is also important to prevent 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; because of the waters failure to drain properly in to your gutters.
With new innovation advances, it is advised 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 problems. One of the problems with flat roofs is poor drainage. Rainwater has the propensity to accumulate and pool on flat surfaces. 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 select a component like TPO that has strong reflective properties. Rubber asphalt roofs also have a tendency to bubble due to 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 materials of choice today are metal or asphalt shingles. Shingles have become the roof replacement 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 one layer. Your home may not require a whole new roof over. If you currently have asphalt shingles. It is possible to add one more 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 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 costs of the roof will vary depending on materials used, the roofing contractor, 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 constant demand for roof repair. This is why we do not recommend rolled rubber roofing for your mobile home.
Manufactured home rubber roof coatings are an easy method to keep your mobile home cool. This process entails adding a elastomeric coating to your roof to reflect the suns heat. This will help you with air conditioning expenses. It also helps keep your roof from having roof leaks because this material will bond to the existing roof surface to keep water out. Once this liquid rubber is applied around protrusions like mobile home roof vents and chimneys, it will function like flashing. It is customarily put on with a brush. Doing this is a necessity for mobile homes with flat roofs. Most roof coatings are asphalt based. An additional roof coating selection is latex. Latex has shown to be a more reflective coating roof material than asphalt. Latex will require using a primer before 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 type of roofing material that you select for your manufactured home will need a regular repairs and maintenance plan. You need to check with your roofing service provider and find out about your roofing options. It is not suggested to do a roof over yourself. Whether you should use asphalt shingles, rubber roofing, or metal roofing on your manufactured home will most likely depend on your surrounding climate conditions, the quality and experience of your roofer, and how much you are wanting to spend. This guide should be able to give you a helping hand.