If you have a mobile home and you would like to replace the roof for any reason, you need to consider your options so that you can ensure you get the most roof for your money. With a few different choices available, you need to take some time and go over each of them so that you can determine what offers the most quality, the best features, and the best price. It is most important to not just choose a roofing material based on its low cost alone, but to understand if the roofing material will provide energy efficiency and if it will pass the test of time, even when dealing with the weather. Otherwise, an effort to save money in the beginning could be very costly in the long run.
Overview of Your Options
When you begin looking into your different mobile home roofing types, you will be able to choose from three main options: aluminum, asphalt shingles, and TPO. Let’s look at a few more details of each so that you can determine which of these would work well on your own mobile home.
Asphalt shingles are sometimes used as the roofing material on mobile homes. There are a few things that you should consider about asphalt shingles: on site-built homes, two or three layers of shingles are acceptable but on a mobile home, only one layer is permissible. If you have an asphalt shingle roof that needs to be replaced, you will need to remove all of them and replace them. You can’t cover them over with a second layer of shingles as you would do in a traditional shingle roof. The primary reason is the weight. A typical mobile home might use nine or more squares of shingles, adding a hefty 2,160 pounds or more to an existing roof. Mobile home roof trusses just aren’t built to handle the additional weight of an additional layer of shingles.
With just a single layer available, the shingles will be especially prone to leaking with very little standing between your home and the elements.
Aluminum cannot be used alone, but instead works with another material that works as an insulating layer. Aluminum is lightweight, which may seem ideal for a mobile home, but it doesn’t offer the insulation and energy efficiency many people would prefer in their home.
Additionally, even a small amount of damage will require replacing whole aluminum sheets, which can become costly.
TPO is a material that is flexible and easy to install. It is white, which is optimal for energy efficiency, and it is relatively cheap. Additionally, the installation is even lower in cost since different seam widths are available. TPO is lightweight and extremely durable even in all types of weather situations.
Why TPO Is the Best Option
When it comes to energy efficiency, aluminum doesn’t have much to offer unless it is used with a very strong insulating material which can add to the replacement costs. Asphalt is a good insulator but it can leak very easily on a mobile home can lead to leaks too easily on mobile homes. TPO Membrane roof overs are energy efficient in all weather and when it comes to cost, TPO wins out. It is low in cost to install, cheap to repair, and long-lasting. Additionally, the material works well in hot and cold environments as well as in all types of weather.
Explore Your Mobile Home Roofing Options
If you would like to learn more about your mobile home roofing options, then fill out our online inquiry form or give us a call at 800-297-3758. We will be happy to help you make the right decision.