The roofing system is one of the most essential component of a mobile home's structure. Double and single wide home roofs endure snow, rainfall, hot weather, hail storms, ice, tree branches, windstorms, hurricanes. tornados, and lets not forget vermin. Your roof does not only give protection to the building below. It also provides a safe house for your loved ones, which is the roofs most essential function. Mobile homes may be equipped with a few different kinds of roofing material. Most mobile home roofs will be designed 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 installations in the past were made with flat roofs or low slope roofs. Today homeowners are opting 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. Rainwater has the potential to pool up on a flat roof. This can result in 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 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 roof.
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 manufactured 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 flexibility. It can accommodate roofs of high and low slopes. Aluminum is lightweight and very durable. Most standing seam roof coverings are constructed out of aluminum. Aluminum roofs usually carry long warranties. They are easy for a roofer to install and require little upkeep. 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 roofing contractors to add insulation between your original and new roof. This saves money down the road, 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 reduce 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; due to the waters failure to drain efficiently in to your gutters.
With new modern technology advances, it is suggested 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 poor drainage. Water has the propensity to gather and pool on flat surfaces. On a roofing surface such as 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 energy. That is why you should opt for a material like TPO that has strong reflective qualities. Rubber asphalt roofs also have a tendency to bubble from the heat. This can produce roof leaks and ripples in the roofs exterior lining requiring repair.
Most newer mobile homes are built with pitched roof systems. The top roof building materials of choice today are metal or asphalt roof shingles. Shingles have become the roof over 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 mobile home may not need a whole new roofing replacement. If you already have asphalt shingles. It is feasible to add one more layer of shingles to your existing roof. This is typically done to repair leaks when asphalt roofs near the end of their functional life. TPO is another option. TPO is a roofing membrane that is used on both high and low slope roofs. It is reflective, reasonably priced, 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 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 lead to a continual 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 method to keep your mobile home air-conditioned. This process entails applying a elastomeric coating to your roof to reflect the suns heat. This will help you with air conditioning costs. It also helps keep your roofing system from suffering from roof leaks because this material will bond to the existing roof surface area to keep water out. Once this liquid rubber is applied around protrusions like manufactured home roof vents and chimneys, it will function like flashing. It is usually spread with a brush. Doing this is a necessity for mobile homes with flat roofs. Most roof coatings are asphalt based. Another roof coating possibility is latex. Latex has shown to become a more reflective coating material than asphalt. Latex will require the use of a primer prior to 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 type of roofing material that you select for your mobile home will need a regular maintenance plan. You must consult with your roofing specialist and find out about your roofing options. It isn't suggested to do a roof over yourself. Whether or not 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 expertise of your contractor, and how much money you are looking to spend. This overview should be able to give you some assistance.