The roofing system is one of the most essential component of a manufactured home's structure. Single and double-wide house roofs endure snowfall, rain, hot weather, hailstorms, ice, trees, wind storms, hurricanes. twisters, and lets not forget pests. Your roof doesn't only offer protection to the structure below. It also provides a safe house for your loved ones, which is the roofs most essential 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 most ideal 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 deciding to opt for roofs with a higher incline for a few good 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. Rain has the potential to pool up on a flat roof. This can result in roof leaks and also speed up 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. 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 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 roofing.
Before you go for a total roof replacement, you need to check to see its possible to repair your mobile home roofing system. Usually membrane roofs such as TPO and EPDM may be repaired. Most mobile home roofs in The United States are constructed with a metal or rubber roof. We will begin by discussing metal roofs first. When contractors 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 pitches. Aluminum is light-weight and very strong. 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 repair 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 avoid 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 pooling on your roof; due to the waters failure to drain correctly in to your gutters.
With new modern technology advances, it is recommended 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 problems. One of the problems with flat roofs is bad water drainage. Rainwater has the propensity to accumulate and pool on flat surfaces. On a roofing surface like shingles or metal, this can result in a roofs early degeneration. Flat roofs also have a larger surface area that is subjected to the sun's heat. That is why you should opt for a building material like TPO that has strong reflective attributes. Rubber asphalt roofs also have a tendency to blister from the heat. This can lead to roof leaks and tears in the roofs exterior lining requiring repair.
Most newer manufactured homes are designed with pitched roof systems. The best roof building materials of choice today are metal or asphalt shingles. Shingles have become the roof replacement material of choice for most non commercial 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 need a whole new roof over. If you presently have asphalt shingles. It is feasible to add one more 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, 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 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 result in a continual demand for roof repair. That is why we don't suggest rolled rubber roofing for your mobile home.
Mobile home rubber roof coatings are an easy solution to keep your mobile home cool. This process involves adding 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 having roof leaks because this material will adhere to the existing roof surface to keep water out. Once this liquid rubber is applied around protrusions like double wide roof vents and chimneys, it will perform like flashing. It is usually spread with a brush. Doing this is a necessity for mobile homes with flat roofs. Most roof coatings will be asphalt based. Another roof coating option is latex. Latex has shown to become a more reflective coating material than asphalt. Latex will require using a primer before putting on the actual coating. It is encouraged that you reapply a roof coating to your flat roof every couple of years to sustain its integrity.
Any type of roofing material that you choose for your manufactured home will need a regular repairs and maintenance plan. You have to consult with your roofing specialist and find out about your roofing choices. 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 mobile home will very likely be dependent on your surrounding climate conditions, the quality and experience of your roofer, and how much money you are looking to spend. This overview should be able to give you some assistance.