The roof covering is easily the most essential component of a manufactured home's structure. Single and double-wide house roofs endure snowfall, rainfall, hot weather, hailstorms, ice, trees, windstorms, hurricanes. tornados, and lets not forget pests. Your roof doesn't only provide protection to the building below. It also provides a safe haven for your household, 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 homeowners are choosing to opt for 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. Rain has the potential to pool up on a flat roof. This can result in roof leaks and also accelerate 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. 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 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 level in your home 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 roofing.
Before you decide on a total roof replacement, you need to check to see its possible to repair your mobile home roof. Usually membrane roofs such as TPO and EPDM may 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 roofing 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 long lasting. Most standing seam roofs are constructed out of aluminum. Aluminum roofs usually carry long manufacturer's warranties. They are easy for a roofer to install and require little 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 roofing contractors to add insulation in 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 avoid ice damming. Ice damming is when layers of ice form in the gap between your gutter system and your roofing shingles. Ice damming results in water pooling on your roof; because of the waters failure 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 roofing systems are synonomous with roof leaks. They are more vulnerable to having problems. One of the problems with flat roofs is bad drainage. Rainwater has the propensity to gather and pool on flat surfaces. On a roofing surface like shingles or metal, this can lead to 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 opt for a building material like TPO that has strong reflective attributes. Rubber asphalt roofs also tend to bubble due to the heat. This can result in roof leaks and ripples in the roofs exterior lining requiring repair.
Most newer manufactured homes are designed with pitched roof systems. The premier roof materials of choice today are metal or asphalt shingles. Shingles have become the roof over material of choice for the majority of 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 require a whole new roof over. If you already have asphalt shingles. It is feasible to add one more layer of shingles to your existing roof. This is normally 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, budget-friendly, 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 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 poorly installed can lead to a frequent demand 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 method to keep your mobile home air-conditioned. This process involves adding a elastomeric coating to your roof to reflect the suns heat. This will help you with air conditioner expenses. It also helps keep your roof from having roof leaks because this material will bond to the existing roof surface to keep water out. Whenever 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 are asphalt based. An additional roof coating alternative 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 type of roofing system that you choose for your mobile home will require a regular maintenance plan. You must check with your roofing company and learn about your roofing possibilities. It isn't sensible to do a roof replacement yourself. If you should use asphalt shingles, rubber roofing, or metal roofing on your mobile home will likely be dependent on your surrounding climate conditions, the quality and years of experience of your roofer, and how much you are wanting to spend. This overview should be able to give you some assistance.