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April 14, 2023

What Kind of Roof Is Best for a Mobile Home?

Are you torn between the options, and wondering what kind of roof is best for a mobile home?

Maybe your roof has seen better days, and its life has come to an end. Or perhaps you are getting ready to sell and want your home to be a step above the rest. Whatever the case, you have options! We’re about to go into more detail about the various types of roofs, and by the time we’re done, hopefully, you’ll have enough knowledge to point you in the right direction and help you to decide with confidence what roof is best for your mobile home. Let’s get started! 

Shingles: The Most Common Mobile Home Roof Material

Asphalt shingles, also referred to as composition shingles, have gained popularity as a roofing material for mobile homeowners. This type of roof can last anywhere from 15 to 30 years. But this all depends on the quality of the shingle used, and of course, the weather conditions your mobile home experiences in its location. 

Asphalt shingles are also much less expensive than other roofing materials for mobile homes because they have a smaller roof area than permanent structures. Due to their affordability, this roofing material is a very popular choice among homeowners.

TPO (Thermoplastic Polyolefin)

Wow! That’s a mouthful, so we will just stick with “TPO,” which is a flexible material and is generally simple to install. The fact that this material can withstand bad weather for a lot longer provides even more durability. It is both reasonably priced and white, which is the best color for energy efficiency.

Pro Tip: Light and heat are reflected away from the home in hot climates, reducing your energy costs!

Since there are various seam widths available, the installation is also more affordable. TPO is incredibly strong and lightweight, even in adverse weather conditions.


For homeowners across the country, installing a new metal roof is the most common option. A metal roof has many benefits, but the 40–60 year lifespan is probably the most preferred. In addition, metal is lighter than shingles.

The majority of metal roof overs for mobile homes can be installed in one to two days. This roofing material enhances the appearance and performance of your roof exponentially. The energy efficiency of your roof can be improved as well by adding new insulation. This will also help to dilute sound and make maintaining the climate control in your mobile home year-round easier.

Roof Over vs Roof Replacement

Regardless of whether you’ve already decided on the best material for your mobile home, it’s crucial to think about whether you want to do a roof over. Do you want to completely replace your roof, or just install the new roof on top of the old material? Depending on your materials, a roof over will suffice in several situations.

In some cases, the damage to your mobile home roof may be so severe that it prevents a roof over from adequately protecting your manufactured home. This is when a full roof replacement may be needed. This would require the removal of the old roofing material before the installation of your new roof. Although this significantly raises the cost of installing your roof, it also gives you extra peace of mind knowing that your new roof is completely protected from the elements.

What Roof is Best for You?

The final decision regarding your roof’s repair or replacement should take into account both your budget and the roof’s shape and condition. Consider your long-term roofing needs and your top priorities. 

Durability is important to many mobile homeowners, especially in regions with more extreme weather, so a metal or TPO roof could be selected as the best choice. A shingle roof is usually the preferred option when affordability is at the forefront. Whatever the case, you know your situation better than anyone, so it’s a decision that is personal to you! 

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