The roof provides the largest percentage of a mobile home’s structural integrity, especially if the home is not on a foundation. Many of these roofs have a negligible slope and hold buildups of snow, ice, and debris. Mobile home owners should diligently maintain and repair their roofs; however, sometimes the only remedy is a roof-over.
According to the National Roofing Contractors Association, mobile home owners should inspect their roofs each spring and fall. Owners living in areas with high winds, icy conditions, and overhanging branches may need to inspect more often. The most critical issue a homeowner should look for is leaks as water causes significant damage quickly. If you are renting your manufactured home from a place like Riverbrook Rental Properties, your landlord should repair any issues in a timely manner.
Common causes of leaks are melting snow, flying debris, and material breakdown from condensation or age. Clearing debris and installing proper ventilation and insulation are proactive measures the homeowner can take. Finding and repairing leaks promptly will protect the home when all else fails.
Obvious damage is sometimes the first indication of a roof leak. Clues such as sagging ceiling panels, darkening spots, bowing wall paneling, and beams of light point to water seepage or holes In the roof. Water flows in a path of least resistance, therefore dripping or pooling can occur several feet from the origin of the leak. The homeowner may need to trace upward or along ridges to find the source.
Taking preventive measures to stop leaks before they occur is the wisest course. Sometimes this means installing a roof-over. Homeowners have a few mobile home roofing solutions to choose from. The three primary types are insulated metal, thermoplastic polyolefin (TPO) membrane, and asphalt shingles. Insulated metal is typically the best choice; an asphalt shingle overlay is the least recommended.
Insulated metal roofs have two major advantages. First, this type of roof last from 40 to 60 years, longer than any other. Second, the homeowner can leave existing asphalt shingles as this improves the insulating factor while reducing waste and expense. The homeowner should choose aluminum panels with raised, overlapping seams installed over a layer of insulation. This installation will not only last for years and require little maintenance but also deaden sound.
The reflective TPO membrane roofing material is a popular choice for flatter roofs. This covering is a polyester-reinforced solid sheet of rubber and plastic polymer. Because of TPO’s reflective properties, it is an excellent choice for mobile homes in hot climates as it reflects heat away from the interior. TPO membranes are available in varying thicknesses and are quick and easy to install. This roofing option is typically the least expensive.
An asphalt shingle roof is considered the most attractive. However, should a shingled roof fail, the wisest choice is to remove and replace the shingles. The weight of a second layer is easily more than a mobile home’s structure can support. Additionally, shingle overlays often run afoul of local code compliance ordinances and insurance policies.
Owners can easily retain or improve the integrity of their home’s construction with routine roof inspection, maintenance, and repair.