The roof is the most essential component of a mobile home's structure. Double and single-wide home roofs endure snowfall, rain, heat, hail storms, ice, trees, wind storms, hurricanes. tornados, and let us not overlook vermin. Your roof does not only defend the building below. It also provides a safe house for your family members, which is the roofs most essential function. Mobile homes could be equipped with a few different varieties of roofing material. Most mobile home roofs will be constructed 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 choosing to go with roofs with a steeper slope 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. Rain has the potential to pool up on a flat roof. This can result in roof leaks and also accelerate the need for roof repair. 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 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 adequately insulated will cost you a lot more in heating oil, electricity, and energy costs. This begins 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 house to keep it warm. Most mobile home roofing is insulated with fiberglass or spray foam. Here are some things to think about 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 may be repaired. Most mobile home roofs in The U.S. are designed 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 very popular building material because of its flexibility. It can accommodate roofs of high and low slopes. Aluminum is light-weight 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 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 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 prevent 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 accumulating on your roof; because of the waters inability to drain properly into your gutters.
With new modern technology advances, it is encouraged to avoid using flat roofs on your mobile home. Flat mobile home roofing systems are synonomous with roof leaks. They are more susceptible to having problems. Among the problems with flat roofs is insufficient drainage. Rain has the tendency to accumulate 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 exposed to the sun's heat energy. That is why you should opt for a material like TPO that has strong reflective attributes. Rubber asphalt roofs also tend to bubble due to the heat. This can result in roof leaks and ripples in the roofs exterior lining requiring repair.
Most newer manufactured homes are manufactured with pitched roof systems. The leading roof building 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 mobile home may not require a whole new roofing replacement. If you presently have asphalt shingles. It is feasible to add an additional layer of shingles to your original roof. This is commonly 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 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 prices of the roof will differ depending upon materials used, the roofer, 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 result in a continual demand for roof repair. That is why we do not recommend rolled rubber roofing for your mobile home.
Mobile home rubber roof coatings are an easy method to keep your mobile home air-conditioned. This process requires 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 roof from experiencing roof leaks since this material will adhere to the existing roof surface area to keep water out. When this liquid rubber is applied around protrusions like manufactured home roof vents and chimneys, it will function like flashing. It is customarily applied with a brush. Doing 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 recommended that you reapply a roof coating to your flat roof every couple of years to preserve its integrity.
Any type of roofing system that you choose for your manufactured home will require a regular maintenance plan. You should check with your roofing contractor and learn more about your roofing choices. It isn't recommended to do a roof replacement yourself. If you should use asphalt shingles, rubber roofing, or metal roofing on your mobile home will very likely depend upon your surrounding weather conditions, the quality and years of experience of your roofer, and how much you are wanting to spend. This overview should be able to give you some assistance.