The roofing system is easily the most essential component of a mobile home's structure. Single and double wide home roofs withstand snowfall, rain, hot weather, hail storms, ice, trees, windstorms, hurricanes. tornados, and lets not overlook vermin. Your roof does not only shield the building below. It also provides a safe haven for your family, 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 designed with asphalt shingles or metal. Asphalt shingles are the most recommended 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 choosing 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. Rainwater has the potential to pool up on a flat roof. This can result in roof leaks and also expedite 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 superior protection for the rest of the home. Many times your roof is the culprit when it comes to your house not being energy efficient. A house that is not properly 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 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 go for a total roof over, you need to check to see its possible to repair your manufactured home roof. Usually membrane roofs like 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 roofers refer to metal roofs, they usually are referring to using aluminum. Aluminum is a very popular building material due to its versatility. It can accommodate roofs of high and low inclines. Aluminum is light in weight and very resilient. Most standing seam roof structures are constructed out of aluminum. Aluminum roofs usually carry long warranties. They are easy for a contractor 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 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 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 failure to drain efficiently into your gutters.
With new modern technology advances, it is suggested to avoid using flat roofs on your manufactured home. Flat mobile home roofs are synonomous with roof leaks. They are more susceptible to having issues. One of the problems with flat roofs is insufficient water drainage. Rainwater has the tendency to gather and pool on flat surface areas. On a roofing surface such as shingles or metal, this can result in a roofs early degeneration. Flat roofs also have a larger surface area that is exposed to the sun's heat. That is why you should choose a component like TPO that has strong reflective attributes. Rubber asphalt roofs also tend to blister from the heat. This can result in roof leaks and ripples in the roofs exterior lining requiring repair.
Most newer mobile homes are designed with pitched roof systems. The top roof materials of choice today are metal or asphalt roof shingles. Shingles have become the roof replacement 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 home may not need a whole new roof over. If you presently have asphalt shingles. It is feasible to add an additional layer of shingles to your existing roof. This is generally done to repair leaks when asphalt roofs near the end of their functional 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 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 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 poorly installed can lead to a frequent demand for roof repair. That is why we don't suggest rolled rubber roofing for your mobile home.
Mobile home rubber roof coatings are an easy means 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 costs. It also helps keep your roof from suffering from roof leaks because this material will adhere to the existing roof surface to keep water out. When this liquid rubber is applied around protrusions like manufactured home roof vents and chimneys, it will perform like flashing. It is usually spread with a brush. Doing this is a necessity for mobile homes with flat roofs. Most roof coatings will be asphalt based. Another roof coating possibility is latex. Latex has shown to be a more reflective coating roof material than asphalt. Latex will require the use of a primer before 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 roofing material that you choose for your mobile home will require a regular repairs and maintenance plan. You need to consult with your contractor and learn about your roofing options. It is not recommended to do a roof over yourself. Whether or not you should use asphalt shingles, rubber roofing, or metal roofing on your mobile home will most likely depend upon your surrounding climate conditions, the quality and years of experience of your contractor, and how much you are planning to spend. This resource should be able to give you some assistance.