The roofing system is easily the most essential component of a manufactured home's structure. Single and double-wide house roofs withstand snowfall, rainfall, heat, hail storms, ice, trees, wind storms, hurricanes. tornados, and let us not forget animals. Your roof doesn't only safeguard the structure below. It also provides a safe haven for your loved ones, 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 designed 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 homeowners are opting to go with 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 cosmetic 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. 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 costs. 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 think about 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 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 because of its flexibility. It can accommodate roofs of high and low slopes. Aluminum is light in weight and very strong. 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 repairs 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 roofing contractors to add insulation in between your original and new roof. This saves money in the long run, 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 leads to water accumulating on your roof; because of the waters inability to drain efficiently into your gutters.
With new technology advances, it is advised to avoid using flat roofs on your manufactured home. Flat mobile home roofs are synonomous with roof leaks. They are more prone to having issues. One of the problems with flat roofs is insufficient water drainage. Rain has the propensity to gather and pool on flat surface areas. On a roofing surface such as 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. That is why you should choose a component like TPO that has strong reflective qualities. Rubber asphalt roofs also have a tendency to blister from the heat. This can result in roof leaks and tears in the roofs exterior lining requiring repair.
Most newer manufactured homes are constructed with pitched roof systems. The leading roof components 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 home may not need a whole new roof over. If you already have asphalt shingles. It is possible to add an additional 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 one more option. TPO is a roofing membrane that is used on both high and low slope roofs. It is reflective, cost effective, 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 on materials used, the roofing contractor, and the type 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 need 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 adding a elastomeric coating to your roof to reflect the suns heat. This will help you with air conditioning costs. It also helps keep your roof from suffering from roof leaks because this material will bond to the existing roof surface to keep water out. When this liquid rubber is applied around protrusions like mobile home roof vents and chimneys, it will perform like flashing. It is usually applied with a brush. That is a necessity for mobile homes with flat roofs. Most roof coatings are asphalt based. One other roof coating possibility is latex. Latex has shown to be a more reflective coating material than asphalt. Latex will require the use of a primer prior to putting on the actual coating. It is encouraged that you reapply a roof coating to your flat roof every couple of years to maintain its integrity.
Any type of roofing system that you select for your mobile home will require a regular repairs and maintenance plan. You have to talk to your roofing contractor and find out about your roofing alternatives. It is not sensible to do a roof over yourself. Whether or not you should use asphalt shingles, rubber roofing, or metal roofing on your mobile home will very likely depend upon your surrounding weather conditions, the quality and expertise of your contractor, and how much money you are planning to spend. This guide should be able to give you a helping hand.