The roofing system is one of the most essential component of a manufactured home's structure. Double and single-wide home roofs withstand snowfall, rain, heat, hailstorms, ice, trees, wind storms, hurricanes. twisters, and let us not over look vermin. Your roof does not only give protection to the structure below. It also provides a safe haven for your loved ones, which is the roofs most essential function. Mobile homes may be equipped with a few different types of roofing material. Most mobile home roofs will be manufactured 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 installations in the past were made with flat roofs or low slope roofs. Today homeowners 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 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 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 exceptional protection for the rest of the house. 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 expenses. This starts with the roof. Heat rises to the top. If your roof is not insulated, you will always find yourself raising the thermostat 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 opt for a total roof replacement, 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 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 very popular building material because of its versatility. It can accommodate roofs of high and low inclines. Aluminum is light-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 roofer to install and require little servicing. 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 future, 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 leads to water accumulating on your roof; due to the waters failure to drain correctly into your gutters.
With new modern technology advances, it is encouraged 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 poor water drainage. Rain has the tendency to gather and pool on flat surface areas. On a roofing surface such as shingles or metal, this can bring about a roofs early deterioration. Flat roofs also have a larger surface area that is subjected to the sun's heat energy. That is why you should choose a material like TPO that has strong reflective properties. Rubber asphalt roofs also have a tendency to bubble from the heat. This can cause roof leaks and ripples in the roofs exterior lining requiring repair.
Most newer manufactured homes are constructed with pitched roof systems. The best roof components of choice today are metal or asphalt shingles. Shingles have become the roof replacement material of choice for the majority of home 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 require a whole new roofing replacement. If you currently have asphalt shingles. It is feasible to add another 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 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 differ depending upon materials used, the roofing contractor, and the style and size of the roof. Although roof cost is important, it is not advisable to cut costs here. A roof improperly installed can lead to a constant need for roof repair. That is why we do not 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 applying a elastomeric coating to your roof to reflect the suns heat. This will help you with air conditioning expenses. This also helps keep your roof from suffering from roof leaks because this material will adhere to the existing roof surface area to keep water out. When this liquid rubber is applied around protrusions like double wide roof vents and chimneys, it will function like flashing. It is usually put on with a brush. That is a necessity for mobile homes with flat roofs. Most roof coatings will be asphalt based. One other roof coating selection is latex. Latex has shown to be 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 sustain its integrity.
Any kind of roofing material that you pick for your manufactured home will require a regular maintenance plan. You need to consult with your roofing company and learn about your roofing alternatives. It isn't advisable to do a roof over yourself. Whether you should use asphalt shingles, rubber roofing, or metal roofing on your mobile home will quite likely be dependent on your surrounding weather conditions, the quality and experience of your roofer, and how much money you are wanting to spend. This overview should be able to give you some assistance.