The roof covering is the most essential component of a manufactured home's structure. Double and single-wide home roofs withstand snowfall, rainfall, heat, hailstorms, ice, tree branches, wind storms, hurricanes. twisters, and let us not overlook vermin. Your roof does not only defend the building below. It also provides a safe haven for your family, which is the roofs most important function. Mobile homes could be equipped with a few different varieties of roofing material. Most mobile home roofs will be manufactured with asphalt shingles or metal. Asphalt shingles are the best type of roof material to use when the home has a high slope. 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 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. Water has the potential to pool up on a flat roof. This can result in roof leaks and also expedite the need for a roof over. 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 properly 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 level in your house to keep it warm. Most mobile home roofing is 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 should check to see its possible to repair your manufactured home roof. Usually membrane roofs like TPO and EPDM could 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 popular building material due to its versatility. It can accommodate roofs of high and low slopes. Aluminum is light-weight and very long lasting. Most standing seam roof structures are constructed out of aluminum. Aluminum roofs usually carry long manufacturer's warranties. They are easy for a roofer to install and require little repairs and maintenance. 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 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 stop ice damming. Ice damming is when layers of ice form in the gap between your gutter system and your roofing shingles. Ice damming leads to water accumulating on your roof; due to the waters failure to drain properly into your gutters.
With new innovation advances, it is recommended to avoid using flat roofs on your manufactured home. Flat mobile home roof coverings are synonomous with roof leaks. They are more susceptible to having problems. Among the problems with flat roofs is insufficient water drainage. Water has the propensity to collect and pool on flat surfaces. On a roofing surface like shingles or metal, this can lead to a roofs early deterioration. Flat roofs also have a larger surface area that is subjected to the sun's heat. That is why you should select a material like TPO that has strong reflective characteristics. Rubber asphalt roofs also tend to blister as a result of the heat. This can lead to roof leaks and tears in the roofs exterior lining requiring repair.
Most newer mobile homes are constructed with pitched roof systems. The top roof materials of choice today are metal or asphalt shingles. Shingles have become the roof over material of choice for most domestic 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 mobile home may not need a whole new roof over. If you presently have asphalt shingles. It is feasible to add an additional layer of shingles to your existing roof. This is normally done to repair leaks when asphalt roofs near the end of their useful life. TPO is an additional option. TPO is a roofing membrane that is used on both high and low slope roofs. It is reflective, affordable, 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 prices of the roof will differ depending upon 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 poorly installed can lead to a constant demand for roof repair. This is why we do not suggest rolled rubber roofing for your mobile home.
Manufactured home rubber roof coatings are an easy way 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. It also helps keep your roof from experiencing roof leaks because this material will adhere to the existing roof surface to keep water out. Whenever this liquid rubber is applied around protrusions like manufactured home roof vents and chimneys, it will function like flashing. It is customarily spread with a brush. That is a necessity for mobile homes with flat roofs. Most roof coatings will be asphalt based. Another roof coating alternative is latex. Latex has shown to be a more reflective coating 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 maintain its integrity.
Any roofing system that you choose for your manufactured home will need a regular maintenance plan. You need to consult with your roofing specialist and find out about your roofing choices. It isn't smart to do a roof replacement yourself. Whether or not you should use asphalt shingles, rubber roofing, or metal roofing on your mobile home will likely depend upon your surrounding weather conditions, the quality and experience of your contractor, and how much you are planning to spend. This guide should be able to give you some assistance.