The roof is easily the most essential component of a mobile home's structure. Single and double-wide house roofs withstand snowfall, rainfall, hot weather, hailstorms, ice, tree branches, windstorms, hurricanes. twisters, and let us not over look animals. Your roof does not only defend the building below. It also provides a safe house for your family members, which is the roofs most essential function. Mobile homes can be equipped with a few different varieties of roofing material. Most mobile home roofs will be assembled with asphalt shingles or metal. Asphalt shingles are the best 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 opting to opt for roofs with a steeper incline 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 lead to roof leaks and also accelerate the need for a roof over. 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 house. Often times your roof is the culprit when it comes to your house not being energy efficient. A house that is not adequately 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 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 keep in mind when it comes to making decisions about your mobile home roof.
Before you opt for 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 can be repaired. Most mobile home roofs in The United States are built 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 preferred building material due to its flexibility. It can accommodate roofs of high and low inclines. Aluminum is lightweight 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 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 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; due to the waters failure to drain correctly into your gutters.
With new innovation advances, it is suggested to avoid using flat roofs on your mobile home. Flat mobile home roof coverings are synonomous with roof leaks. They are more susceptible to having issues. Among the problems with flat roofs is inadequate drainage. Rainwater has the propensity to gather 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 subjected to the sun's heat. That is why you should opt for a building material like TPO that has strong reflective properties. Rubber asphalt roofs also tend to blister due to the heat. This can cause roof leaks and tears in the roofs exterior lining requiring repair.
Most newer mobile homes are built with pitched roof systems. The best roof building 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 one layer. Your manufactured home may not need a whole new roof over. If you currently have asphalt shingles. It is feasible to add an additional layer of shingles to your existing roof. This is typically 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, affordable, 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 on 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 poorly installed can lead to a frequent demand for roof repair. That is why we do not suggest rolled rubber roofing for your mobile home.
Manufactured 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 roof from having roof leaks since this material will bind to the existing roof surface to keep water out. Once 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. That is a necessity for mobile homes with flat roofs. Most roof coatings are asphalt based. Another roof coating selection is latex. Latex has shown to become a more reflective coating roof material than asphalt. Latex will require the use of a primer prior to applying the actual coating. It is advised 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 pick for your manufactured home will need a regular repair and maintenance plan. You must consult with your roofer and learn about your roofing alternatives. It isn't recommended to do a roof replacement 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 expertise of your roofer, and how much money you are wanting to spend. This guide should be able to give you a helping hand.