The roofing system is the most essential component of a manufactured home's structure. Double and single wide house roofs withstand snow, rain, heat, hail storms, ice, tree branches, wind storms, hurricanes. twisters, and lets not forget critters. Your roof does not only give protection to the structure below. It also provides a safe harbor for your loved ones, 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 most effective 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 home owners are choosing to go with 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 much shorter life cycle for this reason. Water has the potential to pool up on a flat roof. This can result in roof leaks and also expedite 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 house. Many times your roof is the culprit when it comes to your house not being energy efficient. A house that is not thoroughly 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 temperature level in your house to keep it warm. Most mobile home roofing is 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 decide on a total roof replacement, you should check to see its possible to repair your mobile home roof. 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 because of its versatility. It can accommodate roofs of high and low slopes. Aluminum is light in weight and very resilient. Most standing seam roof coverings are constructed out of aluminum. Aluminum roofs usually carry long manufacturer's warranties. They are easy for a roofer to install and require little upkeep. 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 in the future, 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 leads to water pooling 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 mobile home. Flat mobile home roof coverings are synonomous with roof leaks. They are more prone to having issues. Among the problems with flat roofs is poor water drainage. Rain has the tendency to collect and pool on flat surface areas. On a roofing surface such as shingles or metal, this can bring about 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 opt for a 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 mobile homes are constructed with pitched roof systems. The premier roof building materials of choice today are metal or asphalt roof shingles. Shingles have become the roof replacement material of choice for most 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 one layer. Your mobile home may not need a whole new roofing replacement. If you presently have asphalt shingles. It is possible to add an additional layer of shingles to your original roof. This is commonly 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 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 roofer, and the design 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 constant need for roof repair. That 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 cool. This process involves adding a elastomeric coating to your roof to reflect the suns heat. This will help you with air conditioner costs. This also helps keep your roof from suffering from 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 mobile home roof vents and chimneys, it will perform like flashing. It is usually applied with a brush. This is a necessity for mobile homes with flat roofs. Most roof coatings will be asphalt based. An additional roof coating option is latex. Latex has shown to be a more reflective coating roof material than asphalt. Latex will require the use of a primer prior to applying the actual coating. It is encouraged that you reapply a roof coating to your flat roof every couple of years to sustain its integrity.
Any roofing system that you choose for your manufactured home will need a regular maintenance plan. You need to check with your roofer and learn more about your roofing alternatives. It is not suggested to do a roof replacement yourself. Whether you should use asphalt shingles, rubber roofing, or metal roofing on your manufactured home will quite likely depend on your surrounding weather conditions, the quality and years of experience of your roofer, and how much money you are looking to spend. This overview should be able to give you a helping hand.