The topic of mobile home roofing raises many questions and considerations. Many times, one of the biggest dilemmas for a homeowner is deciding whether or not to repair the existing roof or to replace the roof altogether. To make the best possible decision, There are a variety of factors that should be evaluated.
We will cover some of the different roofing options for different roof systems across the various types of manufactured homes. The major distinction will be between mobile and manufactured homes, those built prior to June 1976 and after, respectively.
There is a very simple reason for this distinction.
Mobile homes, constructed prior to the 1976 implementation of HUD code, mostly have flat or bowed roofs. Manufactured homes, the coded homes built after ’76, tend to have more pitched or peaked roofs.
Most homeowners who have a flat or bowed roof are in need of a roof repair or replacement. This is because the original roofing system is aged to the degree that it has water leaks or wind damage. Flat roof systems hold water, which is detrimental to the home if not quickly repaired. A flat roof also takes more direct sun than a peaked or pitched roof.
(The approach to mobile home roof repair depends on the type of roof you have, what you want and how much existing damage there is)
What to Do With a Damaged Mobile Home Roof?
Let’s start with the older, flat, or bowed roofs. These, again, are highly susceptible to water, ice, snow, sun, wind, and debris
People who know manufactured or mobile home roofing will talk of “a roof over”, which can be a bit misleading. Roof overs are a very popular solution to mobile home roofing problems. In general, this means you simply build a new roof on top of your old roof.
But, as ever, there are caveats.
What Is a Mobile Home Roof Over?
A roof over is the process of adding a new roof or layer of roofing material over your existing roof system. This can be anything from a vapor barrier spread evenly across an existing roof to the independent carpentry of a new roof. So what is the right solution for you? Chances are, a variety of roof overs will meet your needs. This is particularly true if you’re looking for something that’s easy to install, cost-efficient and will provide the protection you want.
What To Do With the Existing Mobile Home Roof?
Any time a roof over is done, the problem areas for the existing roof need to be solved first. Areas in need of attention will be inaccessible once the roof over is complete. So look for and fix holes in the roof, cracks in seam seal or rips in the chimney putty. And remember, interior water damage isn’t necessarily immediately associated with an adjacent problem. Often moisture gets into the roof and travels through the system before being revealed inside. All problem areas on an existing roof should be ground, sanded or wire brushed to a bare surface, then re-sealed and allowed to cure. If the amount of repair work for the existing roof is overwhelming, either due to time or money considerations, removal of the existing roof should be a consideration.
What Can I Expect for Energy Savings?
Reduce your energy usage with a mobile home roof repair project.