The roof is the most essential component of a manufactured home's structure. Single and double wide home roofs endure snow, rain, hot weather, hail storms, ice, tree branches, wind storms, hurricanes. twisters, and lets not over look critters. Your roof doesn't only give protection to the structure below. It also provides a safe house for your household, which is the roofs most essential function. Mobile homes may be equipped with a few different varieties of roofing material. Most mobile home roofs will be built 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 installations in the past were made with flat roofs or low slope roofs. Today home owners are opting to go with roofs with a higher slope 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 lead to roof leaks and also accelerate the need for roof repair. 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 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 level in your home to keep it warm. Most mobile home roofs are 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 replacement, you should check to see its possible to repair your manufactured home roof. Usually membrane roofs such as TPO and EPDM could be repaired. Most mobile home roofs in The U.S. are manufactured 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 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 structures are constructed out of aluminum. Aluminum roofs usually carry long 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 roofing contractors to add insulation between your original and new roof. This saves money in the long run, 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; because of 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. Among the problems with flat roofs is poor water drainage. Rainwater has the propensity to collect and pool on flat surface areas. On a roofing surface such as shingles or metal, this can bring about 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 choose a material like TPO that has strong reflective attributes. Rubber asphalt roofs also have a tendency to bubble as a result of the heat. This can cause roof leaks and ripples in the roofs exterior lining requiring repair.
Most newer manufactured homes are designed with pitched roof systems. The best roof components of choice today are metal or asphalt roof 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 home may not require a whole new roofing replacement. If you currently have asphalt shingles. It is feasible to add another layer of shingles to your existing roof. This is typically 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 regarded 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 style 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 solution to keep your mobile home cool. This process involves 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 roof from suffering from roof leaks since this material will bond to the existing roof surface 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 customarily spread with a brush. Doing this is a necessity for mobile homes with flat roofs. Most roof coatings are asphalt based. Another roof coating selection is latex. Latex has shown to become a more reflective coating material than asphalt. Latex will require using a primer prior to applying the actual coating. It is advised 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 manufactured home will need a regular repairs and maintenance plan. You must consult with your roofing contractor and learn more about your roofing possibilities. It isn't a good option to do a roof over yourself. Whether you should use asphalt shingles, rubber roofing, or metal roofing on your manufactured home will most likely be dependent on your surrounding weather conditions, the quality and experience of your contractor, and how much money you are looking to spend. This guide should be able to give you some assistance.