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  • Writer's pictureAlleine Solmirano

Mobile Home Roofing Options

Updated: May 1

It may be time for your mobile or manufactured home’s roof to be replaced or repaired if it is getting old. When replacing or repairing a roof, the first thing that pops into your mind is how much it will cost. What’s the cost to repair or replace a roof yourself? Let’s take a look at different Mobile Home Roofing Options.

Although cost should always be considered when deciding on a mobile home roof, it is important to take a look at your entire roofing project from all angles. Below are some of the Mobile Home Roofing options

What mobile home roofing materials are right for you?

There are many roofing options available for mobile homes. However, four main materials are popular with manufactured homeowners: asphalt roofing, metal roofing and TPO rubber roofing. Although no one material is better than another, there are advantages and disadvantages to each material that can make them better for certain types of mobile homes and manufactured homes.


It is a tried and true method to layer your roof with asphalt shingles. Asphalt shingles are among the most affordable roofing materials. They offer durability and require little maintenance.

Shingles are a very popular roofing material in the United States. However, there is one major drawback. Shingles last for an average of 15 to 20 year, which is significantly shorter than other roofing materials that are used in manufactured homes. Shingles are not all created equal. Shingles of lower quality may need to be replaced within 10 years.

Heat absorption is a key reason for asphalt shingles’ shorter life expectancy. Asphalt shingles absorb high heat and crack faster than other materials. Shingles are more vulnerable to wind damage than metal or TPO.

If your roof is shingle-based, and you want to add a layer or shingles to it through a roofover, make sure that a roofover is first possible. A roof over with only shingles is possible depending on the thickness of your shingle roof. Additional shingles might not be enough to cover all damage or cause further cracking.

Because of their affordability, shingle roofing is still a popular choice among manufactured homeowners. A shingled roof’s cost will vary depending on its quality and labor costs.

Metal roofing

A roof replacement or roof over with metal paneling is also possible. This option is becoming increasingly popular among mobile home owners. They are usually made of steel but can also be made from aluminium, zinc or copper. Corrugated metal sheets can be installed over any roof, provided that there are no leaks or other damage.

Aluminium and metal roofing offer a greater durability than other roofing materials. Metal roofs can last between 30-60 years if properly installed with the proper insulation. This is in contrast to the average 15-year lifespan of shingles. It all depends on the quality and local weather conditions.

Although metal roofing materials are more energy efficient than asphalt shingles, they can get very hot in the summer.

However, the extra durability comes at a higher upfront cost. An asphalt shingle roof can cost twice as much for a metal roof with insulation, especially if it is done by a contractor. The increased lifespan of some manufactured homeowners may be worth it.

Metal roofing materials can be damaged. Metal roofing materials can be damaged by physical impact, heavy rain/hail or other factors. While minor dents can usually be repaired by you, large dents will require the replacement of entire metal sheets. This can increase your long-term roofing cost.

Another factor that can turn off homeowners is noise. A metal roof can make more noise than asphalt if there is heavy rainfall, such as Hawaii.

 Thermoplastic polyolefin

A TPO roof is another popular option for mobile homeowners due to its durability and easy installation.

Thermoplastic polyolefin roofs are more durable than metal roofs and can withstand all weather conditions better than shingles. They are among the most efficient roofing materials. However, the most common TPO roof color is white. This has the additional advantage of being the most energy-efficient.

TPO roofs with a black finish are less common. This only absorbs heat and increases the cost of your mobile home’s air conditioning. TPO roofs are the best option for manufactured homes because of all these factors.

This type of roofs work best on flat roofs or bowed roofs. The TPO membrane can be installed over an existing roof in a matter of minutes. However, you won’t be able to install a TPO roofing over a pitched roof. The installation is more precise and may result in higher costs.

Thermoplastic polyolefin is also lighter and more durable than other roofing options, making it a more cost-effective choice. The cost of TPO will vary depending on whether you hire a professional contractor or go DIY. However, pricing should be similar to an asphalt shingle roof’s, if any, and not significantly less.

TPO roofs can be found in a wider range of membrane-based roofing materials that also include EPDM roofs. TPO membranes should be installed by professionals. Improper installation can cause rippling or tearing of the materials which can lead to leaks in your manufactured house.

Rubber Roofing

A liquid roofing or rubber roofing method is a good option for mobile homeowners who need a quick roof repair. To seal in damage and protect the roof, apply a layer of rubber roofing material.

This is a great option for homeowners who are mobile and have a tight budget. This roof over can be done for as low as $600 and lasts for 10 years, almost as long as an asphalt roof.

It is important to install the rubber seal roof on a dry day, without rain. The solution will need to dry over several hours. Rubber roofs require more maintenance than asphalt and metal roofs. You may have to reseal your roof on a regular basis. Mobile homeowners may find maintenance more difficult than with other roofing materials.

It all comes down to what you need. Do you want a roof that lasts a long time and is durable? A metal roof might be the right choice for you. A TPO roof can be a good option if you are on a tight budget and need a roof to replace your existing roof. A roofing calculator will help you determine the cost of a mobile home roof replacement or roof repair.

The Best Roof for Your Mobile Home

The final decision on how to repair or replace your roof is up to you. It should also be within your budget. Also, consider the structure and condition of your roof, as well as any damage.

Think about your long-term roof needs and what you value most. A metal or TPO roof is the best option for mobile home owners who value durability, especially in harsher areas. A shingle roof will work in other locations if you are looking for durability and cost-effectiveness.

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