The roof covering is easily the most essential component of a manufactured home's structure. Single and double-wide home roofs endure snowfall, rain, heat, hailstorms, ice, trees, windstorms, hurricanes. twisters, and lets not overlook animals. Your roof doesn't only protect the structure below. It also provides a safe harbor for your loved ones, which is the roofs most essential function. Mobile homes could 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 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 homeowners 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 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 accelerate the need for roof repair. 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 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 bills. This begins 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 roofing is insulated with fiberglass or spray foam. Here are some things to think about when it comes to making decisions about your mobile home roof.
Before you opt for a total roof replacement, 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 manufactured 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 due to its versatility. It can accommodate roofs of high and low pitches. Aluminum is lightweight and very strong. Most standing seam roof structures are constructed out of aluminum. Aluminum roofs usually carry long manufacturer's 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 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 in the future, 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 avoid 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 properly in to your gutters.
With new modern technology advances, it is recommended to avoid using flat roofs on your manufactured home. Flat mobile home roofing systems are synonomous with roof leaks. They are more prone to having problems. Among the problems with flat roofs is bad water drainage. Water has the propensity to accumulate and pool on flat surface areas. On a roofing surface like shingles or metal, this can lead to a roofs early deterioration. Flat roofs also have a larger surface area that is exposed to the sun's heat. That is why you should go with a component like TPO that has strong reflective qualities. Rubber asphalt roofs also have a tendency to bubble as a result of the heat. This can lead to roof leaks and ripples in the roofs exterior lining requiring repair.
Most newer manufactured homes are constructed with pitched roof systems. The premier roof materials of choice today are metal or asphalt shingles. Shingles have become the roof replacement 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 require a whole new roof over. If you already have asphalt shingles. It is feasible to add another layer of shingles to your original roof. This is generally 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, budget friendly, 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 vary depending on 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 improperly installed can lead to a continual need for roof repair. That is why we do not suggest rolled rubber roofing for your mobile home.
Manufactured home rubber roof coatings are an easy means 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 conditioning expenses. It also helps keep your roofing system from experiencing roof leaks because this material will adhere to the existing roof surface to keep water out. Whenever this liquid rubber is applied around protrusions like mobile home roof vents and chimneys, it will function like flashing. It is customarily spread with a brush. This is a necessity for mobile homes with flat roofs. Most roof coatings are asphalt based. Another roof coating option 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 advised 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 manufactured home will need a regular repair and maintenance plan. You must check with your roofer and learn more about your roofing options. It is not advised to do a roof replacement yourself. If you should use asphalt shingles, rubber roofing, or metal roofing on your manufactured home will very likely depend on your surrounding climate conditions, the quality and expertise of your roofer, and how much you are looking to spend. This overview should be able to give you a helping hand.