The roof covering is one of the most essential component of a manufactured home's structure. Single and double-wide house roofs withstand snow, rain, hot weather, hail storms, ice, trees, wind storms, hurricanes. twisters, and lets not forget vermin. Your roof doesn't only defend the structure below. It also provides a safe harbor for your family members, which is the roofs most important function. Mobile homes may be equipped with a few different types 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 pitch. 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 home owners are choosing to opt for roofs with a steeper incline 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 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 superior 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 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 roofing.
Before you go for a total roof over, you need to check to see its possible to repair your manufactured home roof. Usually membrane roofs like 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 popular building material due to its versatility. It can accommodate roofs of high and low inclines. Aluminum is light in weight and very strong. 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 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 between your original and new roof. This saves money down the road, 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 reduce 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; because of the waters inability to drain efficiently in to your gutters.
With new innovation advances, it is suggested to avoid using flat roofs on your manufactured 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 inadequate water drainage. Rainwater has the tendency to accumulate and pool on flat surface areas. 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 energy. That is why you should opt for a building material like TPO that has strong reflective attributes. Rubber asphalt roofs also have a tendency to blister as a result of 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 top roof components of choice today are metal or asphalt shingles. Shingles have become the roof over material of choice for most 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 just one layer. Your manufactured home may not need a whole new roof over. If you currently have asphalt shingles. It is possible to add one more layer of shingles to your existing roof. This is commonly 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, budget friendly, and easy for a contractor 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 style and size of the roof. Although roof cost is important, it is not advisable to cut costs here. A roof improperly installed can result in a frequent demand for roof repair. That is why we do not suggest rolled rubber roofing for your mobile home.
Mobile home rubber roof coatings are an easy solution to keep your mobile home cool. This process entails applying a elastomeric coating to your roof to reflect the suns heat. This will help you with air conditioner costs. It also helps keep your roof from suffering from roof leaks since this material will bind 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 perform like flashing. It is usually put on with a brush. Doing this is a necessity for mobile homes with flat roofs. Most roof coatings will be asphalt based. One other roof coating alternative is latex. Latex has shown to be a more reflective coating roof material than asphalt. Latex will require the use of a primer before applying the actual coating. It is suggested that you reapply a roof coating to your flat roof every few years to preserve its integrity.
Any roofing material that you pick for your mobile home will require a regular maintenance plan. You should talk to your contractor and find out about your roofing options. It is not a good option to do a roof replacement yourself. Whether or not you should use asphalt shingles, rubber roofing, or metal roofing on your mobile home will likely be dependent on your surrounding climate conditions, the quality and expertise of your contractor, and how much you are planning to spend. This overview should be able to give you a helping hand.