If you're the owner of a mobile home that has served you and your family well for many years, you may find that signs of wear and tear are becoming more evident -- particularly when it comes to your roof. If you're dealing with leaks or other roof issues, you may be considering replacement. However, not all roofing materials are ideal for a mobile home roof's low pitch. Read on to learn more about your mobile home roofing options, as well as some price ranges and estimated roof lifespans to determine the best option for your budget and future housing plans.
What types of roofing materials are appropriate for mobile homes?
Because mobile homes are designed to be easily moved from place to place, they're constructed of lighter-weight and thinner materials than site-built homes. They also generally have lower-pitched (or flatter) roofs than site-built homes so that there are no issues towing them under a bridge or overpass. As a result, you'll need to focus on lightweight roofing materials that will help repel water to avoid creating stagnant puddles in summer or ice dams in winter.
Some mobile home owners choose to apply a "liquid roof" made of petroleum and plastics. This rubbery material goes on as a liquid but dries to a solid barrier to moisture. Others utilize asphalt shingles or corrugated metal -- two common roofing materials for site-built homes -- but often in a thinner, lighter form.
What are your most cost-effective roofing options over the long term?
When choosing materials for your new roof, you'll want to choose the option that provides you with the longest useful life for the lowest cost per year. One exception to this may be a situation in which you plan to move within the next few years -- however, having a new and long-lasting roof should still increase your mobile home's resale value.
For the longest-lasting roof available, metal is unbeatable -- most metal roofs offer a lifetime guarantee against major non-environmental damage or defects. Because you can have a single-wide home re-roofed with metal for under $2,000 (and up to $3,000 for a double-wide mobile home), this investment in a roof that lasts for decades can be a wise one.
Another cost-effective option on the lower end of the financial spectrum is liquid roofing. Although this roof application only lasts about 10 years, paying less than $900 for a single-wide and less than $1,800 for a double-wide can be a very palatable cost.
For more information, talk with professional roofers, such as those at Pasco Roofing.