The roof covering is easily the most essential component of a mobile home's structure. Single and double-wide house roofs withstand snow, rain, hot weather, hail storms, ice, trees, windstorms, hurricanes. tornados, and lets not forget critters. Your roof doesn't only give protection to the structure below. It also provides a safe house for your loved ones, 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 designed with asphalt shingles or metal. Asphalt shingles are the most effective 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 systems in the past were made with flat roofs or low slope roofs. Today home owners are choosing to opt for roofs with a steeper incline 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. Water 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 superior 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 thoroughly insulated will cost you a lot more in heating oil, electricity, and energy expenses. This begins 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 decide on a total roof over, you should check to see its possible to repair your mobile home roofing system. Usually membrane roofs like TPO and EPDM could be repaired. Most mobile home roofs in The U.S. are designed 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 flexibility. It can accommodate roofs of high and low inclines. Aluminum is light in weight 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 upkeep. 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 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 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 pooling on your roof; because of the waters inability 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 vulnerable to having problems. One of the problems with flat roofs is inadequate water drainage. Rainwater has the tendency to collect and pool on flat surfaces. On a roofing surface like shingles or metal, this can result in a roofs early degeneration. Flat roofs also have a larger surface area that is subjected to the sun's heat energy. That is why you should choose a component like TPO that has strong reflective properties. Rubber asphalt roofs also have a tendency to bubble due to the heat. This can cause roof leaks and tears in the roofs exterior lining requiring repair.
Most newer manufactured homes are constructed with pitched roof systems. The leading roof building materials of choice today are metal or asphalt shingles. Shingles have become the roof over material of choice for the majority of residential 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 need a whole new roofing replacement. If you currently have asphalt shingles. It is possible to add one more 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 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 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 costs of the roof will vary 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 continual demand for roof repair. This is why we don't suggest rolled rubber roofing for your mobile home.
Manufactured home rubber roof coatings are an easy solution to keep your mobile home air-conditioned. This process entails 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 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 function like flashing. It is usually applied with a brush. This is a necessity for mobile homes with flat roofs. Most roof coatings are asphalt based. An additional roof coating alternative is latex. Latex has shown to be a more reflective coating roof material than asphalt. Latex will require using a primer prior to applying the actual coating. It is encouraged that you reapply a roof coating to your flat roof every few years to maintain its integrity.
Any type of roofing system that you pick for your manufactured home will require a regular repair and maintenance plan. You need to check with your roofing specialist and learn more about your roofing possibilities. It isn't suggested to do a roof over yourself. Whether you should use asphalt shingles, rubber roofing, or metal roofing on your manufactured home will very likely be dependent on your surrounding climate conditions, the quality and expertise of your roofer, and how much you are planning to spend. This guide should be able to give you a helping hand.