The roof is one of the most essential component of a mobile home's structure. Single and double-wide home roofs endure snowfall, rainfall, heat, hailstorms, ice, trees, windstorms, hurricanes. twisters, and let us not overlook animals. Your roof does not only protect the building below. It also provides a safe haven for your household, which is the roofs most essential function. Mobile homes can be equipped with a few different kinds 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 homeowners 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. Water has the potential to pool up on a flat roof. This can lead to roof leaks and also speed up the need for roof repair. There is also cosmetic 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 house. Many 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 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 house 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 roof.
Before you decide on a total roof replacement, you should check to see its possible to repair your manufactured home roofing system. Usually membrane roofs such as TPO and EPDM can be repaired. Most mobile home roofs in North America 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 popular building material due to its flexibility. It can accommodate roofs of high and low pitches. Aluminum is light-weight and very long lasting. 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 repair and maintenance. 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 roofing contractors 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 home. 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 leads to water pooling on your roof; because of the waters inability to drain efficiently into your gutters.
With new modern technology advances, it is encouraged to avoid using flat roofs on your manufactured home. Flat mobile home roofing systems are synonomous with roof leaks. They are more susceptible to having problems. One of the problems with flat roofs is poor drainage. Rainwater has the tendency to collect 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. That is why you should go with a component like TPO that has strong reflective properties. Rubber asphalt roofs also have a tendency 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 built with pitched roof systems. The leading roof 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 need a whole new roofing replacement. If you currently have asphalt shingles. It is feasible to add another layer of shingles to your original roof. This is generally done to repair leaks when asphalt roofs near the end of their useful life. TPO is another 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 vary depending upon materials used, the roofing contractor, 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 lead to 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 requires adding a elastomeric coating to your roof to reflect the suns heat. This will help you with air conditioning expenses. It also helps keep your roof from experiencing roof leaks because this material will bond to the existing roof surface 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 usually applied with a brush. Doing this is a necessity for mobile homes with flat roofs. Most roof coatings are asphalt based. Another roof coating selection is latex. Latex has shown to become a more reflective coating roof material than asphalt. Latex will require the use of a primer before putting on the actual coating. It is 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 need a regular repairs and maintenance plan. You should consult with your roofing contractor and learn about your roofing choices. It isn't advised to do a roof over yourself. If you should use asphalt shingles, rubber roofing, or metal roofing on your manufactured home will very likely be dependent on your surrounding climate conditions, the quality and expertise of your roofer, and how much money you are looking to spend. This guide should be able to give you some assistance.