The roofing system is the most essential component of a manufactured home's structure. Single and double-wide house roofs withstand snowfall, rain, heat, hailstorms, ice, trees, windstorms, hurricanes. twisters, and lets not over look vermin. Your roof does not only offer protection to the structure below. It also provides a safe haven for your family, which is the roofs most important function. Mobile homes could 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 best 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 choosing to go with roofs with a steeper 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. Rain 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 aesthetic reasons to go with a high slope roof. This style of roof will give your mobile home a more modern look while still providing exceptional protection for the rest of the house. 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 thermostat in your home 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 decide on a total roof replacement, you should check to see its possible to repair your mobile home roofing system. Usually membrane roofs like TPO and EPDM could be repaired. Most mobile home roofs in The US are built 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 popular building material due to its versatility. It can accommodate roofs of high and low pitches. Aluminum is light in weight and very strong. Most standing seam roofs are constructed out of aluminum. Aluminum roofs usually carry long manufacturer's 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 roofers to add insulation 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 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 results in water pooling on your roof; due to the waters inability to drain correctly in to your gutters.
With new technology advances, it is advised 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. Rain has the tendency to collect 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 subjected to the sun's heat energy. That is why you should choose a material like TPO that has strong reflective properties. Rubber asphalt roofs also have a tendency to bubble as a result of the heat. This can lead to roof leaks and tears in the roofs exterior lining requiring repair.
Most newer manufactured homes are designed with pitched roof systems. The leading roof materials of choice today are metal or asphalt shingles. Shingles have become the roof replacement material of choice for most domestic 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 manufactured home may not require a whole new roofing replacement. If you currently have asphalt shingles. It is feasible to add one more 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 one more option. TPO is a roofing membrane that is used on both high and low slope roofs. It is reflective, affordable, and easy for a roofer 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 upon materials used, the roofer, and the design and size of the roof. Although roof cost is important, it is not advisable to cut costs here. A roof poorly installed can result in a frequent demand for roof repair. This is why we do not recommend rolled rubber roofing for your mobile home.
Manufactured home rubber roof coatings are an easy way 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 roof from having 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 double wide roof vents and chimneys, it will perform like flashing. It is usually applied with a brush. This is a necessity for mobile homes with flat roofs. Most roof coatings will be asphalt based. One other 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 prior to putting on the actual coating. It is strongly recommended that you reapply a roof coating to your flat roof every couple of years to sustain its integrity.
Any type of roofing material that you choose for your mobile home will require a regular maintenance plan. You should consult with your roofing company and learn more about your roofing options. It is not a good idea to do a roof over yourself. Whether you should use asphalt shingles, rubber roofing, or metal roofing on your mobile home will very likely depend upon your surrounding climate conditions, the quality and expertise of your contractor, and how much money you are wanting to spend. This resource should be able to give you a helping hand.