The roof covering is easily the most essential component of a manufactured home's structure. Double and single wide house roofs withstand snowfall, rain, hot weather, hail storms, ice, tree branches, windstorms, hurricanes. tornados, and let us not overlook pests. Your roof doesn't only offer protection to the building below. It also provides a safe house for your family members, which is the roofs most important function. Mobile homes could be equipped with a few different types of roofing material. Most mobile home roofs will be assembled with asphalt shingles or metal. Asphalt shingles are the most recommended 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 installations in the past were made with flat roofs or low slope roofs. Today homeowners 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 lead to roof leaks and also speed up the need for roof repair. 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 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 adequately 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 consider when it comes to making decisions about your mobile home roofing.
Before you go for a total roof over, you should check to see its possible to repair your manufactured home roof. Usually membrane roofs like TPO and EPDM could be repaired. Most mobile home roofs in The U.S. are constructed with a metal or rubber roof. We will begin by discussing metal roofs first. When contractors refer to metal roofs, they usually are referring to using aluminum. Aluminum is a preferred building material because of its versatility. It can accommodate roofs of high and low pitches. 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 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 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 avoid 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 properly in to your gutters.
With new technology advances, it is advised 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 problems. Among the problems with flat roofs is inadequate water drainage. Rain has the propensity to gather and pool on flat surfaces. On a roofing surface like 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 choose a component like TPO that has strong reflective qualities. 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 manufactured homes are designed with pitched roof systems. The premier roof components of choice today are metal or asphalt roof shingles. Shingles have become the roof replacement material of choice for most residential 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 already have asphalt shingles. It is possible to add an additional layer of shingles to your existing 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 prices of the roof will differ depending upon materials used, the roofing contractor, 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 lead to a frequent demand for roof repair. This is why we don't recommend rolled rubber roofing for your mobile home.
Mobile home rubber roof coatings are an easy means to keep your mobile home air-conditioned. This process requires applying 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 experiencing roof leaks since 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 function like flashing. It is usually applied with a brush. Doing this is a necessity for mobile homes with flat roofs. Most roof coatings are asphalt based. One other roof coating selection is latex. Latex has shown to be a more reflective coating roof material than asphalt. Latex will require using a primer before putting on the actual coating. It is suggested that you reapply a roof coating to your flat roof every few years to maintain its integrity.
Any type of roofing material that you choose for your manufactured home will require a regular maintenance plan. You should consult with your roofing contractor and find out 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 manufactured home will quite likely depend on your surrounding climate conditions, the quality and experience of your contractor, and how much you are wanting to spend. This guide should be able to give you some assistance.