The roofing system is the most essential component of a manufactured home's structure. Single and double-wide house roofs withstand snowfall, rain, heat, hail storms, ice, trees, windstorms, hurricanes. twisters, and let us not forget pests. Your roof doesn't only shield the building below. It also provides a safe house for your family members, which is the roofs most important function. Mobile homes can be equipped with a few different varieties of roofing material. Most mobile home roofs will be constructed with asphalt shingles or metal. Asphalt shingles are the best 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 higher 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. 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 exceptional protection for the rest of the house. 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 bills. This begins 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 roof.
Before you go for a total roof replacement, you should check to see its possible to repair your manufactured home roof. Usually membrane roofs such as TPO and EPDM can be repaired. Most mobile home roofs in The United States are designed 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 preferred building material because of its versatility. It can accommodate roofs of high and low pitches. Aluminum is light in weight and very durable. Most standing seam roof structures are constructed out of aluminum. Aluminum roofs usually carry long warranties. They are easy for a contractor to install and require little servicing. 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 house. Adding insulation to your metal or asphalt roof is also important to reduce 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 failure to drain properly in to your gutters.
With new technology advances, it is advised to avoid using flat roofs on your mobile home. Flat mobile home roofing systems are synonomous with roof leaks. They are more vulnerable to having issues. Among the problems with flat roofs is insufficient drainage. Rain has the tendency to accumulate and pool on flat surface areas. 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 subjected to the sun's heat. That is why you should select a building material like TPO that has strong reflective attributes. Rubber asphalt roofs also have a tendency to blister 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 premier roof components of choice today are metal or asphalt roof 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 just one layer. Your home may not need a whole new roof over. If you currently have asphalt shingles. It is possible to add an additional layer of shingles to your original roof. This is normally done to repair leaks when asphalt roofs near the end of their functional life. TPO is an additional option. TPO is a roofing membrane that is used on both high and low slope roofs. It is reflective, reasonably priced, 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 roofer, and the type 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 need for roof repair. That is why we don't recommend rolled rubber roofing for your mobile home.
Mobile home rubber roof coatings are an easy way 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. This also helps keep your roof from having roof leaks since this material will adhere 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 function like flashing. It is usually spread with a brush. This is a necessity for mobile homes with flat roofs. Most roof coatings will be asphalt based. One other roof coating solution is latex. Latex has shown to become a more reflective coating material than asphalt. Latex will require using a primer before applying the actual coating. It is encouraged that you reapply a roof coating to your flat roof every few years to sustain its integrity.
Any type of roofing system that you choose for your mobile home will need a regular maintenance plan. You should check with your roofing company and learn more about your roofing choices. It is not a good option to do a roof over yourself. If you should use asphalt shingles, rubber roofing, or metal roofing on your manufactured home will quite likely depend upon your surrounding climate conditions, the quality and expertise of your roofer, and how much you are planning to spend. This overview should be able to give you some assistance.