The roofing system is the most essential component of a manufactured home's structure. Double and single-wide home roofs withstand snowfall, rainfall, hot weather, hailstorms, ice, trees, wind storms, hurricanes. twisters, and let us not over look critters. Your roof does not only safeguard the structure below. It also provides a safe house for your household, which is the roofs most essential function. Mobile homes may be equipped with a few different kinds 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 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 homeowners are choosing to opt for roofs with a higher slope 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 lead to roof leaks and also speed up 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 exceptional 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 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 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 decide on a total roof over, you need to check to see its possible to repair your mobile 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 contractors refer to metal roofs, they usually are referring to using aluminum. Aluminum is a popular building material because of its versatility. It can accommodate roofs of high and low pitches. Aluminum is lightweight and very strong. Most standing seam roofs 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 between your original and new roof. This saves money down the road, 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 leads to water accumulating on your roof; because of the waters inability to drain efficiently into your gutters.
With new technology advances, it is suggested to avoid using flat roofs on your mobile home. Flat mobile home roofing systems are synonomous with roof leaks. They are more susceptible to having issues. One of the problems with flat roofs is poor drainage. Rain has the propensity to accumulate and pool on flat surfaces. 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 select a component like TPO that has strong reflective qualities. Rubber asphalt roofs also tend to bubble due to the heat. This can produce roof leaks and ripples in the roofs exterior lining requiring repair.
Most newer mobile homes are constructed with pitched roof systems. The premier roof components 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 just one layer. Your manufactured home may not need a whole new roof over. If you currently have asphalt shingles. It is possible 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 an additional 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 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 on materials used, the roofer, 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 constant need for roof repair. That is why we do not recommend 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. This also helps keep your roofing system from suffering from roof leaks since 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 perform like flashing. It is usually put on with a brush. Doing this is a necessity for mobile homes with flat roofs. Most roof coatings will be asphalt based. One other roof coating solution is latex. Latex has shown to become a more reflective coating 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 few years to sustain its integrity.
Any kind of roofing material that you choose for your manufactured home will need a regular maintenance plan. You should consult with your roofing contractor and find out about your roofing alternatives. It is not smart to do a roof replacement yourself. Whether or not you should use asphalt shingles, rubber roofing, or metal roofing on your manufactured home will very likely be dependent on your surrounding weather conditions, the quality and experience of your contractor, and how much you are looking to spend. This overview should be able to give you some assistance.