The roof covering is one of the most essential component of a manufactured home's structure. Single and double wide home roofs withstand snow, rainfall, hot weather, hailstorms, ice, tree branches, wind storms, hurricanes. tornados, and lets not forget critters. Your roof does not only secure the structure below. It also provides a safe harbor for your family, which is the roofs most important function. Mobile homes could be equipped with a few different varieties of roofing material. Most mobile home roofs will be manufactured with asphalt shingles or metal. Asphalt shingles are the most recommended 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 homeowners are opting to go with roofs with a steeper 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 much 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 accelerate the need for a roof over. There is also cosmetic 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 home. Many times your roof is the culprit when it comes to your house not being energy efficient. A house that is not properly insulated will cost you a lot more in heating oil, electricity, and energy expenses. 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 home 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 opt for a total roof replacement, you should check to see its possible to repair your mobile home roofing system. Usually membrane roofs such as TPO and EPDM could be repaired. Most mobile home roofs in The U.S. are assembled 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 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 warranties. They are easy for a roofer to install and require little repairs 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 down the road, 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 prevent 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 correctly in to your gutters.
With new innovation advances, it is encouraged to avoid using flat roofs on your manufactured home. Flat mobile home roof coverings are synonomous with roof leaks. They are more susceptible to having problems. One of the problems with flat roofs is insufficient water drainage. Rain has the propensity to accumulate and pool on flat surfaces. On a roofing surface such as shingles or metal, this can result in 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 go with a building material like TPO that has strong reflective qualities. 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 designed with pitched roof systems. The best roof materials of choice today are metal or asphalt shingles. Shingles have become the roof over material of choice for most 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 feasible to add an additional 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 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 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 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 result in a frequent need for roof repair. This is why we do not recommend rolled rubber roofing for your mobile home.
Manufactured home rubber roof coatings are an easy way to keep your mobile home cool. This process involves applying a elastomeric coating to your roof to reflect the suns heat. This will help you with air conditioner expenses. It also helps keep your roofing system from suffering from roof leaks because this material will bond to the existing roof surface to keep water out. Once this liquid rubber is applied around protrusions like manufactured home roof vents and chimneys, it will perform like flashing. It is customarily spread with a brush. Doing this is a necessity for mobile homes with flat roofs. Most roof coatings will be asphalt based. One other 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 prior to putting on the actual coating. It is recommended that you reapply a roof coating to your flat roof every few years to sustain its integrity.
Any roofing material that you select for your mobile home will require a regular repair and maintenance plan. You should consult with your contractor and find out about your roofing choices. It isn't advised to do a roof over yourself. Whether or not you should use asphalt shingles, rubber roofing, or metal roofing on your manufactured home will very likely depend on your surrounding weather conditions, the quality and experience of your contractor, and how much money you are planning to spend. This overview should be able to give you some assistance.