The roofing system is easily the most essential component of a manufactured home's structure. Single and double wide home roofs endure snowfall, rain, heat, hail storms, ice, tree branches, windstorms, hurricanes. twisters, and let us not over look pests. Your roof does not only shield the building below. It also provides a safe harbor for your family members, which is the roofs most important function. Mobile homes could be equipped with a few different kinds of roofing material. Most mobile home roofs will be assembled 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 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 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 expedite 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 superior 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 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 go for a total roof replacement, you should check to see its possible to repair your mobile home roof. Usually membrane roofs like TPO and EPDM could 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 very 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 manufacturer's warranties. They are easy for a contractor to install and require little servicing. 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 roofers to add insulation in 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 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; because of the waters failure to drain efficiently into your gutters.
With new 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 vulnerable to having issues. Among the problems with flat roofs is inadequate drainage. Rain has the propensity to accumulate and pool on flat surface areas. On a roofing surface such as shingles or metal, this can lead to 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 building material like TPO that has strong reflective attributes. Rubber asphalt roofs also tend to blister due to 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 premier roof materials 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 roofing replacement. If you presently have asphalt shingles. It is possible to add another 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 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 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 design 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 continual demand 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 applying 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 having roof leaks since this material will bond 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 usually put on with a brush. Doing this 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 the use of a primer before putting on the actual coating. It is strongly recommended that you reapply a roof coating to your flat roof every few years to preserve its integrity.
Any kind of roofing system that you select for your mobile home will require a regular repair and maintenance plan. You have to consult with your roofing service provider and find out about your roofing choices. It is not recommended to do a roof replacement yourself. Whether or not you should use asphalt shingles, rubber roofing, or metal roofing on your manufactured home will most likely depend on your surrounding climate conditions, the quality and years of experience of your contractor, and how much you are wanting to spend. This guide should be able to give you a helping hand.