The roof is one of the most essential component of a manufactured home's structure. Single and double-wide house roofs withstand snowfall, rainfall, hot weather, hailstorms, ice, tree branches, windstorms, hurricanes. tornados, and lets not over look animals. Your roof does not only protect the building 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 kinds of roofing material. Most mobile home roofs will be built 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 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. Water has the potential to pool up on a flat roof. This can result in roof leaks and also speed up the need for a roof over. 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 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 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 house 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 roof.
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 can 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 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 pitches. Aluminum is light-weight and very long lasting. 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 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 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 stop 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; because of the waters failure to drain correctly in to your gutters.
With new modern technology advances, it is encouraged to avoid using flat roofs on your manufactured home. Flat mobile home roof coverings are synonomous with roof leaks. They are more prone to having problems. Among the problems with flat roofs is inadequate drainage. Water has the propensity to gather and pool on flat surfaces. On a roofing surface like 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. That is why you should select a material like TPO that has strong reflective characteristics. Rubber asphalt roofs also tend to bubble from the heat. This can lead to roof leaks and tears 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 the majority of residential 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 just one layer. Your mobile home may not need a whole new roof over. If you currently 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 useful life. TPO is one more 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 roofer 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 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 poorly installed can lead to a constant need for roof repair. This is why we do not recommend rolled rubber roofing for your mobile home.
Mobile home rubber roof coatings are an easy way to keep your mobile home cool. This process requires adding a elastomeric coating to your roof to reflect the suns heat. This will help you with air conditioner costs. It also helps keep your roofing system from suffering from 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 customarily put on with a brush. Doing this is a necessity for mobile homes with flat roofs. Most roof coatings will be asphalt based. An additional roof coating possibility is latex. Latex has shown to become a more reflective coating roof material than asphalt. Latex will require the use of a primer before applying the actual coating. It is strongly recommended that you reapply a roof coating to your flat roof every few years to sustain its integrity.
Any roofing system that you pick for your manufactured home will need a regular repairs and maintenance plan. You should talk to your roofing specialist and learn about your roofing choices. It is not sensible to do a roof replacement yourself. If you should use asphalt shingles, rubber roofing, or metal roofing on your manufactured home will very likely depend on your surrounding weather conditions, the quality and expertise of your roofer, and how much you are planning to spend. This guide should be able to give you some assistance.