If you have a mobile home, you may need to decide if you should repair or replace the roofing of the home when you notice leaks from the roof. If unattended, these leaks will result in roofing material wear out and other damages. Some of the mobile homeowners assume that repairing the mobile home roof is the cheapest option, but that is not the case in all situations. Mobile home roofs are made from Aluminum, rubber or asphalt.
This is one of the most popular roofing materials used in small mobile homes, but experts say that aluminum roofs are very inefficient in keeping the home warm or cool. Damage to roofing will mean replacement of the complete sheet together with the underneath insulation. In addition, aluminum sheets can be very noisy if used in rainy and windy areas and as aluminum sheets are attached using a number of screws, the potential of failure and leaks are very high. Lastly, aluminum roofs will not offer effective reflection of the sun rays like the other roofing options and may lead to heat build up inside the mobile home.
Rubber roofing is a very affordable option to roof small mobile homes. It is very easy to replace rubber roofing so it can be used for years without the fear of any expensive damages. Thermoplastic olefin (TPO) is a roofing material that falls in the category of rubber roofing materials, but in reality, it is synthetic rubber.
TPO roofs can be fused together to offer virtually seamless installations. Hot air fused seams are popularly used and they have proven to be much reliable method. Mobile roofing experts say that these seams are six times stronger than the glued seams and three times stronger than the taped seams. The most vulnerable parts of rubber roofing are seams and when you use the TPO roof, these are eliminated. Another advantage of TPO roofing in mobile homes is that these are applied as white roofs and will offer good reflection, which is rare in mobile home roofing systems.
These are the most common roofing options available for small mobile homes. Some of the old mobile homes also use asphalt shingles for roofing, but these shingles can be heavy and expensive and is not an ideal roofing option for sloped mobile home roofs. In addition, as there are weight restrictions in mobile home roofing, only a single layer of asphalt shingles can be used. This means more roofing issues and leaks in the future.