The roof covering is easily the most essential component of a mobile home's structure. Double and single-wide home roofs endure snow, rain, hot weather, hailstorms, ice, trees, windstorms, hurricanes. twisters, and lets not overlook vermin. Your roof does not only provide protection to the structure below. It also provides a safe harbor for your family, which is the roofs most important function. Mobile homes could be equipped with a few different kinds of roofing material. Most mobile home roofs will be built with asphalt shingles or metal. Asphalt shingles are the most recommended 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 choosing 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 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 speed up 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. 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 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 roofing is insulated with fiberglass or spray foam. Here are some things to consider when it comes to making decisions about your mobile home roofing.
Before you go for a total roof replacement, you should check to see its possible to repair your mobile 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 roofers refer to metal roofs, they usually are referring to using aluminum. Aluminum is a very popular building material due to its versatility. It can accommodate roofs of high and low inclines. Aluminum is lightweight and very resilient. 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 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 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 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 accumulating on your roof; because of the waters inability to drain correctly into your gutters.
With new technology advances, it is recommended to avoid using flat roofs on your manufactured home. Flat mobile home roofs are synonomous with roof leaks. They are more susceptible to having problems. One of the problems with flat roofs is insufficient drainage. Water has the tendency to gather and pool on flat surfaces. 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 subjected to the sun's heat energy. That is why you should opt for a component like TPO that has strong reflective characteristics. Rubber asphalt roofs also have a tendency to bubble as a result of the heat. This can result in roof leaks and ripples in the roofs exterior lining requiring repair.
Most newer manufactured homes are manufactured with pitched roof systems. The leading roof materials of choice today are metal or asphalt shingles. Shingles have become the roof over 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 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 commonly 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, cost effective, and easy for a contractor 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 prices of the roof will vary depending on 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 improperly installed can result in a constant need for roof repair. This is why we do not suggest rolled rubber roofing for your mobile home.
Manufactured home rubber roof coatings are an easy way to keep your mobile home cool. This process requires adding a elastomeric coating to your roof to reflect the suns heat. This will help you with air conditioner expenses. It also helps keep your roofing system from suffering from roof leaks because this material will bond to the existing roof surface area to keep water out. When this liquid rubber is applied around protrusions like manufactured home roof vents and chimneys, it will function like flashing. It is usually applied with a brush. Doing 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 before applying the actual coating. It is advised 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 need a regular maintenance plan. You need to talk to your roofing contractor and find out about your roofing possibilities. It isn't a good idea to do a roof over yourself. If you should use asphalt shingles, rubber roofing, or metal roofing on your mobile home will quite likely depend on your surrounding weather conditions, the quality and years of experience of your contractor, and how much money you are planning to spend. This guide should be able to give you some assistance.