The roof is easily the most essential component of a mobile home's structure. Single and double-wide home roofs withstand snow, rainfall, hot weather, hail storms, ice, tree branches, wind storms, hurricanes. tornados, and lets not overlook pests. Your roof does not only protect the building below. It also provides a safe haven for your household, which is the roofs most important function. Mobile homes can be equipped with a few different kinds 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 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 go with 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 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 accelerate the need for a roof over. 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 exceptional 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 costs. 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 home to keep it warm. Most mobile home roofing is insulated with fiberglass or spray foam. Here are some things to keep in mind when it comes to making decisions about your mobile home roofing.
Before you decide on a total roof over, you need to check to see its possible to repair your mobile home roof. Usually membrane roofs such as TPO and EPDM could be repaired. Most mobile home roofs in The US 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 preferred building material because of its versatility. It can accommodate roofs of high and low slopes. Aluminum is light-weight and very strong. Most standing seam roof coverings are constructed out of aluminum. Aluminum roofs usually carry long warranties. They are easy for a contractor to install and require little repairs and 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 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; because of the waters failure to drain properly in to your gutters.
With new innovation advances, it is encouraged to avoid using flat roofs on your mobile home. Flat mobile home roof coverings are synonomous with roof leaks. They are more prone to having problems. One of the problems with flat roofs is insufficient drainage. Rain has the propensity to accumulate and pool on flat surfaces. On a roofing surface like shingles or metal, this can bring about a roofs early deterioration. Flat roofs also have a larger surface area that is exposed to the sun's heat. That is why you should opt for a component like TPO that has strong reflective properties. Rubber asphalt roofs also tend to bubble due to the heat. This can cause roof leaks and tears in the roofs exterior lining requiring repair.
Most newer mobile homes are built with pitched roof systems. The best roof 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 require a whole new roof over. If you currently have asphalt shingles. It is possible to add an additional layer of shingles to your existing roof. This is generally 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, budget-friendly, 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 differ 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 improperly installed can result in a frequent demand for roof repair. This is why we don't recommend rolled rubber roofing for your mobile home.
Manufactured home rubber roof coatings are an easy way 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 conditioning expenses. This also helps keep your roof from suffering from 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 mobile 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 possibility is latex. Latex has shown to be a more reflective coating material than asphalt. Latex will require using a primer before applying the actual coating. It is encouraged that you reapply a roof coating to your flat roof every couple of years to preserve its integrity.
Any kind of roofing material that you choose for your manufactured home will require a regular repair and maintenance plan. You need to check with your roofing contractor and find out about your roofing choices. It isn't a good option to do a roof replacement yourself. If you should use asphalt shingles, rubber roofing, or metal roofing on your manufactured home will most likely be dependent 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 a helping hand.