Are Metal Roofs Good for Mobile Homes?
With the prices for house and lot for sale and for rent going up, it is no wonder why more and more people choose to go for mobile homes. Mobile homes, also known as ‘manufactured homes’ are an inexpensive yet reliable way to get a house of your own. To make the most out of it, you need to ensure that the materials the mobile home has been made of are durable.
As the name suggests, manufactured homes are pre-built and moved to a site. As a purchaser you have fewer options for materials than you do when building a more traditional home. While you won’t get to decide on the roof material, there are a few options for you to choose from that can add protection to your roof. Common ones include a Single-ply TPO, shingles, and metal roofs.
Materials used for mobile home roofs
Single ply Thermoplastic Polyolefin (TPO) is a popular roofing material for mobile homes with flatter roofs. It is a lightweight material known for being the cheapest. A natural insulator, TPO can help regulate the temperature for the house, making it an energy-efficient choice. Thermoplastics can be easily moulded into its shape, which allows a fast and easy production and installation.
Shingles are also a popular choice for their aesthetic quality. They give a mobile home a homier look. They are also somewhat durable and have a lifespan of 20-50 years. Should you need to repair or replace them, shingles are easy to remove and install. They are also on the cheaper side of the roofing market.
Now that we have a better understanding of other roofing materials, we get to compare them better with metal roofs. This way, you’ll know if metal roofs are the best option for mobile homes.
Benefits of metal roofs
Among all of the materials, metal roofs are perhaps the most popular choice, whether installing a new roof or adding a metal roof over an existing one. This is because metal has many incredible properties that outweigh its disadvantages.
Metal roofs have the most extended lifespan and can last for up to 40-60 years. This makes them the most durable option. Metal is also heavier and sturdier than plastics, yet lighter than shingles. It is in that sweet spot where it shares the good traits of a number of other materials.
Metal roofs often come with insulation that can increase your roof’s resistance to heat, making it more energy efficient choice. Not only will you feel a lot more comfortable, but it will also reduce your electricity bills, saving you money in the long run.
Among the materials used for roofing, metal roofs require the least amount of maintenance over time. They are not like plastics which can become brittle after only a few years, or shingles which, despite being easy to repair, require frequent replacements.
Disadvantages of metal roofs
With all these benefits, it should be noted that metals are not the perfect materials. For one, metal roofs can be prone to rust over time. Corrosion often forms in areas where water and moisture can accumulate, on the roof and the gutters and downpipes. Over time, the metal itself becomes less durable and can even cause cracks and leaks in your roof.
Another disadvantage of metal roofs is that they add weight on your roof. If the structural integrity of your mobile home is not strong enough to withstand the added weight, it may collapse. This is especially true if you plan to just add a metal roof over instead for a total roof replacement. It is best to consult with a roofing expert to help assess how much weight your home can carry.
Lastly, metal roofs are more expensive than others. You can’t enjoy the benefits of a metal roof if you cannot afford it in the first place. However, once you have a metal roof, it will surely not let you down.
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