The roof is one of the most essential component of a manufactured home's structure. Double and single-wide home roofs withstand snowfall, rain, heat, hailstorms, ice, tree branches, windstorms, hurricanes. tornados, and let us not forget critters. Your roof doesn't only offer protection to the structure below. It also provides a safe harbor for your household, which is the roofs most essential function. Mobile homes can be equipped with a few different kinds of roofing material. Most mobile home roofs will be assembled 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 home owners are deciding to opt for roofs with a steeper slope 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. Rain 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 aesthetic reasons to go with a high slope roof. This type of roof will give your mobile home a more modern look while still providing superior protection for the rest of the home. 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 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 consider when it comes to making decisions about your mobile home roof.
Before you opt for 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 can 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 roofing contractors refer to metal roofs, they usually are referring to using aluminum. Aluminum is a popular building material because of its versatility. It can accommodate roofs of high and low slopes. Aluminum is light in weight and very long lasting. Most standing seam roofs are constructed out of aluminum. Aluminum roofs usually carry long 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 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 in the future, 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 reduce 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 inability to drain efficiently into your gutters.
With new modern technology advances, it is advised to avoid using flat roofs on your manufactured home. Flat mobile home roofs are synonomous with roof leaks. They are more vulnerable to having problems. One of the problems with flat roofs is inadequate drainage. Rain has the tendency to collect and pool on flat surface areas. 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 energy. That is why you should choose a building material like TPO that has strong reflective properties. Rubber asphalt roofs also have a tendency to blister from 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 premier roof building materials of choice today are metal or asphalt shingles. Shingles have become the roof replacement 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 one layer. Your manufactured home may not require a whole new roof over. If you presently 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 another 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 prices 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 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.
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 conditioner expenses. It also helps keep your roofing system from having 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 usually applied with a brush. Doing this is a necessity for mobile homes with flat roofs. Most roof coatings are asphalt based. One other roof coating selection is latex. Latex has shown to become a more reflective coating roof material than asphalt. Latex will require using a primer before applying the actual coating. It is advised that you reapply a roof coating to your flat roof every couple of years to maintain its integrity.
Any type of roofing material that you choose for your mobile home will require a regular repairs and maintenance plan. You must consult with your roofing specialist and learn about your roofing options. It is not advisable 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 on your surrounding climate conditions, the quality and expertise of your roofer, and how much you are looking to spend. This guide should be able to give you a helping hand.