The roof covering is the most essential component of a manufactured home's structure. Single and double-wide home roofs withstand snowfall, rainfall, heat, hail storms, ice, tree branches, windstorms, hurricanes. tornados, and let us not forget pests. Your roof does not only secure the structure below. It also provides a safe haven for your loved ones, which is the roofs most important function. Mobile homes can be equipped with a few different kinds of roofing material. Most mobile home roofs will be manufactured with asphalt shingles or metal. Asphalt shingles are the most ideal 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 home owners are opting to opt for roofs with a higher 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 much shorter life cycle for this reason. Water has the potential to pool up on a flat roof. This can lead to roof leaks and also speed up the need for a roof over. There is also aesthetic 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 home. Often 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 temperature in your house 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 should check to see its possible to repair your mobile home roofing system. Usually membrane roofs such as TPO and EPDM can 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 roofers refer to metal roofs, they usually are referring to using aluminum. Aluminum is a popular building material because of its flexibility. It can accommodate roofs of high and low slopes. Aluminum is light in weight 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 servicing. 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 roofers 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 stop 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 accumulating on your roof; due to the waters inability to drain efficiently in to 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 vulnerable to having problems. One of the problems with flat roofs is inadequate 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 energy. That is why you should select a material like TPO that has strong reflective characteristics. Rubber asphalt roofs also have a tendency to blister from the heat. This can lead to roof leaks and tears in the roofs exterior lining requiring repair.
Most newer manufactured homes are built with pitched roof systems. The premier roof components of choice today are metal or asphalt shingles. Shingles have become the roof replacement material of choice for the majority of 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 mobile home may not need a whole new roof over. If you presently have asphalt shingles. It is possible 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 another 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 regarded 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 differ depending upon 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 poorly installed can lead to a continual need for roof repair. This is why we don't suggest 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. It also helps keep your roofing system from having roof leaks because this material will bond to the existing roof surface area to keep water out. Whenever this liquid rubber is applied around protrusions like manufactured home roof vents and chimneys, it will perform like flashing. It is customarily applied with a brush. This is a necessity for mobile homes with flat roofs. Most roof coatings will be asphalt based. One other roof coating choice 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 putting on the actual coating. It is encouraged that you reapply a roof coating to your flat roof every few years to sustain its integrity.
Any roofing material that you pick for your mobile home will require a regular repair and maintenance plan. You have to check with your contractor and learn about your roofing alternatives. It isn't advised to do a roof over yourself. Whether you should use asphalt shingles, rubber roofing, or metal roofing on your mobile home will very likely depend upon your surrounding climate conditions, the quality and years of experience of your roofer, and how much you are wanting to spend. This guide should be able to give you a helping hand.