The roofing system is easily the most essential component of a manufactured home's structure. Single and double wide house roofs withstand snowfall, rainfall, heat, hail storms, ice, tree branches, windstorms, hurricanes. tornados, and lets not overlook critters. Your roof does not only secure the structure below. It also provides a safe house for your loved ones, which is the roofs most important function. Mobile homes may be equipped with a few different varieties of roofing material. Most mobile home roofs will be built 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 deciding to go with roofs with a steeper slope for numerous reasons. Flat roofs do not drain water away from the house like high slope roofs. Flat roofs also have a 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 roof repair. There is also aesthetic 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 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 costs. This starts with the roof. Heat rises to the top. If your roof is not insulated, you will always find yourself raising the temperature in your house to keep it warm. Most mobile home roofs are insulated with fiberglass or spray foam. Here are some things to consider when it comes to making decisions about your mobile home roofing.
Before you go for 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 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 popular building material due to its versatility. It can accommodate roofs of high and low pitches. Aluminum is lightweight and very long lasting. Most standing seam roof coverings are constructed out of aluminum. Aluminum roofs usually carry long 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 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 over time, 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 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 accumulating on your roof; because of the waters inability to drain properly into 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 prone to having problems. One of the problems with flat roofs is inadequate drainage. Water has the tendency to gather and pool on flat surfaces. On a roofing surface such as shingles or metal, this can bring about a roofs early degeneration. Flat roofs also have a larger surface area that is exposed to the sun's heat energy. That is why you should choose a material like TPO that has strong reflective qualities. Rubber asphalt roofs also have a tendency to bubble as a result of the heat. This can result in roof leaks and ripples in the roofs exterior lining requiring repair.
Most newer mobile homes are constructed with pitched roof systems. The top roof building materials of choice today are metal or asphalt 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 one layer. Your manufactured home may not require a whole new roofing replacement. If you already have asphalt shingles. It is possible to add another layer of shingles to your original roof. This is commonly done to repair leaks when asphalt roofs near the end of their useful life. TPO is one more option. TPO is a roofing membrane that is used on both high and low slope roofs. It is reflective, reasonably priced, 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 costs of the roof will differ depending upon materials used, the roofer, 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 frequent need for roof repair. That is why we don't suggest rolled rubber roofing for your mobile home.
Manufactured home rubber roof coatings are an easy way 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 conditioner costs. This also helps keep your roof 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 manufactured home roof vents and chimneys, it will perform like flashing. It is usually spread with a brush. That 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 before applying the actual coating. It is suggested 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 need to check with your roofer and learn more about your roofing choices. It is not advisable to do a roof replacement yourself. Whether or not you should use asphalt shingles, rubber roofing, or metal roofing on your mobile home will most likely depend upon your surrounding weather conditions, the quality and experience of your roofer, and how much you are planning to spend. This resource should be able to give you some assistance.