The roofing system is one of the most essential component of a mobile home's structure. Double and single wide house roofs withstand snowfall, rainfall, heat, hail storms, ice, trees, wind storms, hurricanes. twisters, and let us not over look vermin. Your roof doesn't only shield the building below. It also provides a safe haven for your family members, 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 designed with asphalt shingles or metal. Asphalt shingles are the most effective 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 home owners are opting to go with roofs with a higher slope for a few good 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 result in roof leaks and also expedite 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 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 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 thermostat 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 over, you need to check to see its possible to repair your mobile home roof. Usually membrane roofs like TPO and EPDM can be repaired. Most mobile home roofs in The US are built 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 flexibility. It can accommodate roofs of high and low inclines. Aluminum is lightweight and very long lasting. Most standing seam roof structures 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 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 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 failure to drain correctly into your gutters.
With new technology advances, it is suggested to avoid using flat roofs on your manufactured home. Flat mobile home roofs are synonomous with roof leaks. They are more vulnerable to having issues. Among the problems with flat roofs is insufficient drainage. Rain has the tendency to accumulate and pool on flat surfaces. 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 opt for a material like TPO that has strong reflective characteristics. Rubber asphalt roofs also tend to blister from the heat. This can lead to roof leaks and ripples in the roofs exterior lining requiring repair.
Most newer manufactured homes are constructed with pitched roof systems. The best roof materials of choice today are metal or asphalt shingles. Shingles have become the roof replacement material of choice for most 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 just one layer. Your mobile 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 commonly 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, affordable, and easy for a roofer 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 prices of the roof will vary 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 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 solution to keep your mobile home cool. This process involves adding a elastomeric coating to your roof to reflect the suns heat. This will help you with air conditioning costs. This also helps keep your roofing system from experiencing roof leaks since this material will bond to the existing roof surface area to keep water out. When this liquid rubber is applied around protrusions like manufactured home roof vents and chimneys, it will perform like flashing. It is customarily put on with a brush. This is a necessity for mobile homes with flat roofs. Most roof coatings will be asphalt based. Another roof coating possibility is latex. Latex has shown to be a more reflective coating roof material than asphalt. Latex will require using 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 maintain its integrity.
Any type of roofing material that you choose for your manufactured home will require a regular repairs and maintenance plan. You should consult with your roofing specialist and learn about your roofing options. It isn't sensible to do a roof over yourself. If you should use asphalt shingles, rubber roofing, or metal roofing on your manufactured home will very likely depend upon your surrounding weather conditions, the quality and experience of your contractor, and how much you are looking to spend. This guide should be able to give you some assistance.