The roofing system is one of the most essential component of a manufactured home's structure. Double and single wide house roofs withstand snowfall, rainfall, hot weather, hailstorms, ice, trees, windstorms, hurricanes. twisters, and lets not overlook critters. Your roof doesn't only defend the building below. It also provides a safe harbor for your family, 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 designed 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 installations in the past were made with flat roofs or low slope roofs. Today home owners are choosing to go with roofs with a higher incline 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. Rainwater has the potential to pool up on a flat roof. This can result in roof leaks and also expedite the need for roof repair. 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 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 thoroughly insulated will cost you a lot more in heating oil, electricity, and energy bills. This starts 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 home to keep it warm. Most mobile home roofs are 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 go for a total roof over, you should check to see its possible to repair your mobile home roof. Usually membrane roofs such as TPO and EPDM may be repaired. Most mobile home roofs in The United States are constructed with a metal or rubber roof. We will begin by discussing metal roofs first. When roofing contractors refer to metal roofs, they usually are referring to using aluminum. Aluminum is a preferred building material because of its flexibility. It can accommodate roofs of high and low slopes. Aluminum is light-weight and very resilient. Most standing seam roofs are constructed out of aluminum. Aluminum roofs usually carry long manufacturer's 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 roofers to add insulation 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; 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 roof coverings are synonomous with roof leaks. They are more vulnerable to having problems. One of the problems with flat roofs is inadequate water drainage. Rainwater has the propensity to collect and pool on flat surface areas. On a roofing surface such as shingles or metal, this can lead to a roofs early degeneration. Flat roofs also have a larger surface area that is subjected to the sun's heat. That is why you should go with a building material like TPO that has strong reflective characteristics. Rubber asphalt roofs also tend to blister from the heat. This can lead to roof leaks and tears in the roofs exterior lining requiring repair.
Most newer manufactured homes are manufactured with pitched roof systems. The top roof components of choice today are metal or asphalt roof shingles. Shingles have become the roof over material of choice for the majority of 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 roof over. If you already have asphalt shingles. It is feasible to add an additional layer of shingles to your original roof. This is typically done to repair leaks when asphalt roofs near the end of their functional life. TPO is another 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 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 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 result in a continual need for roof repair. That is why we don't 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 involves adding a elastomeric coating to your roof to reflect the suns heat. This will help you with air conditioning costs. This also helps keep your roofing system from suffering from roof leaks since this material will bind to the existing roof surface area to keep water out. Once this liquid rubber is applied around protrusions like manufactured home roof vents and chimneys, it will function like flashing. It is customarily spread with a brush. That is a necessity for mobile homes with flat roofs. Most roof coatings are asphalt based. An additional roof coating choice is latex. Latex has shown to become a more reflective coating material than asphalt. Latex will require using a primer prior to applying the actual coating. It is recommended that you reapply a roof coating to your flat roof every few years to preserve its integrity.
Any kind of roofing material that you choose for your mobile home will require a regular repairs and maintenance plan. You must check with your roofer and learn about your roofing options. It is not advised to do a roof over yourself. Whether or not you should use asphalt shingles, rubber roofing, or metal roofing on your mobile home will quite likely depend on your surrounding climate conditions, the quality and experience of your contractor, and how much you are wanting to spend. This guide should be able to give you some assistance.