The roof is one of the most essential component of a mobile home's structure. Single and double wide house roofs withstand snowfall, rainfall, hot weather, hailstorms, ice, trees, wind storms, hurricanes. twisters, and let us not over look critters. Your roof doesn't only provide protection to the structure below. It also provides a safe haven for your loved ones, which is the roofs most important function. Mobile homes can 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 ideal type of roof material to use when the home has a high pitch. 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 opting to go with roofs with a higher slope for a few good 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. Water 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 type 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 thoroughly 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 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 roof.
Before you opt for a total roof over, 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 US are constructed 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 preferred building material because of its versatility. It can accommodate roofs of high and low pitches. Aluminum is light-weight and very durable. 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 places that need it. If you are installing a metal roof over your existing roof, it is common practice for roofers 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 home. Adding insulation to your metal or asphalt roof is also important to reduce 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 inability to drain efficiently in to your gutters.
With new technology advances, it is suggested to avoid using flat roofs on your mobile 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 drainage. Rainwater has the tendency to accumulate and pool on flat surface areas. On a roofing surface such as shingles or metal, this can result in 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 component 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 mobile homes are built with pitched roof systems. The premier roof building materials of choice today are metal or asphalt shingles. Shingles have become the roof over 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 just one layer. Your mobile home may not require a whole new roof over. If you presently have asphalt shingles. It is possible to add one more layer of shingles to your existing roof. This is commonly 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, affordable, 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 upon 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 improperly installed can result in a continual 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 means to keep your mobile home cool. This process involves adding a elastomeric coating to your roof to reflect the suns heat. This will help you with air conditioning costs. It also helps keep your roofing system from having roof leaks since this material will bind to the existing roof surface to keep water out. Whenever this liquid rubber is applied around protrusions like mobile home roof vents and chimneys, it will function like flashing. It is usually applied with a brush. Doing this is a necessity for mobile homes with flat roofs. Most roof coatings will be asphalt based. Another roof coating choice 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 advised that you reapply a roof coating to your flat roof every few years to maintain its integrity.
Any type of roofing material that you select for your manufactured home will need a regular repair and maintenance plan. You have to check with your roofing company and find out about your roofing options. It is not sensible to do a roof over yourself. Whether or not you should use asphalt shingles, rubber roofing, or metal roofing on your mobile home will likely depend upon your surrounding climate conditions, the quality and expertise of your contractor, and how much money you are planning to spend. This overview should be able to give you a helping hand.