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Time to do something about your Roof ? You have a lot of choices today
Fri 08/31/07 11:08:17 am
Modern Manufactured Housing Renovation

You've got a lot of new choices today for manufactured home roof replacement. New engineered shingles are made to look like cedar or tile. Even metal roofs, the old standby for barns, have made a comeback with new colors, styles, and 50 year maintenance-free life expectancy.

If your thinking about putting a second layer of shingles over an existing shingle roof, most of the newer homes can take the weight of a second layer of shingles but it is not a great idea.

Some contractors will recommend a double layer of shingles routinely because of the major cost savings. BUT, there are many drawbacks to this method. More and more contractors are not even mentioning the double layered. They have discovered that they come back more often to make repairs on double layered shingles. Remember, the day will come when you will have to replace the shingles again. The work involved and cost for the removal of a double layer of shingles is staggering compared to a single layer. Some local building codes prohibit two shingle layers and almost all forbid adding a third layer.

While they may not look as good, older manufactured home metal roofs can last longer than shingle roofs with regular maintenance. Just paint the roof surface with a reflective roof coating product specially formulated for mobile home metal roofs. These paint on products protect against moisture and also reflect sunlight to keep your home's interior cooler. They are sold in 5 gallon buckets and generally cover up to 100 sq. ft. per gallon. There are many manufactured homes that are 30 years old that still have their original metal roofs. When these roofs have been treated on a three year cycle they, not only work as well as when new, they look great, freshly painted.

There are also inexpensive peel & seal self-stick Aluminum Roll Roofing. This is a self-adhering waterproofing material with a reflective aluminum surface. The sheet has multiple laminations of aluminum foil, high density polymer films and a thick layer of rubberized asphalt waterproofing compound. The aluminum foil reflects the sun to lower rooftop temperature and reduce energy costs. The films stabilize and reinforce the sheet and act as the first line of defense against leaks. The rubberized asphalt seals tightly at the overlaps and around most punctures, and forms a long-lasting waterproof barrier. This fast application, roofing and waterproofing is available at the Manufactured Housing Parts Store

There are several excellent roof over systems designed originally to lay over older MH metal roofs. These usually come in 12 inch wide aluminum pans that lock together and are screwed down to the original roof. These work well over metal or shingle roof systems.

The high end systems available today are the same metal roof overs used on conventional homes. They come in a variety of colors and you can install a layer of foam below them to increase the roof insulation. While the materials for these are more expensive they can offer considerable savings in heating and/or cooling your home, and will last as much three times longer than shingles

The choice is yours. Look at the options before you jump. Consider ALL the factors, including the type of roof you currently have, location, climate, desired look, maintenance and cost.

Replacing materials on your roof can be a difficult task; however, with the right information any motivated do-it-yourself can repair their roof. You can find many good sources online if your interested in attempting this job yourself. Take a look at

Roofing Revisited on ExtremeHowTo.com

Roof Replacement on DoItYourself.com


Manufactured Housing Repair On-Line

The MH Parts Store On-Line   MH Parts may not be very pretty... but when you need them you just can't do with out them. Don't run all over town to assemble the things you need for that home renovation or repair. Order from our on-line parts store. Everything you need is here from doors, windows, screens, plumbing and electric parts, bath and kitchen fixtures, roof and ceiling components, and more.... even set-up materials, The Part Store's Owner/Managers, keep it simple, they just provide you with the best possible products available.

The Manual for Manufactured Home Repair & Upgrade   If your looking for a book that covers all facets of manufactured home repair, you've found it! This is the only book of its type, available to the public, that we have been able to find. As you would expect from the title, The repair and upgrade techniques described in this manual are specific to manufactured homes. This book will answer almost every question on manufactured home repair that we have ever heard. Not only does this book show you how to repair and maintain your home, but also great methods for upgrading it.

The Manufactured Home Repair & Renovation Forum   An open discussion group where all are welcome to participate. No registration necessary! Discussion threads covering a wide range of questions, answers, and relating of personal experiences involving MH Repairs. Moderated by Tracy L. Mason of MB-Quality Contractors, from Greeley, CO. Ask our experienced manufactured home repair and renovation contractor about your home repair needs! Basic home fix-it techniques to trade secrets.

Advanced Foundation Systems   Designed and engineered for manufactued homes, These foundation systems add a high level of strutural stability and have proven most cost-effective for the manufactured home, buyer. Advanced Foundation Systems meet or exceed industry standards, and have been proven safer under adverse conditions. Advanced Foundation Systems offer you the best foundation technology available for your manufactured home...plus added safety and stability...at a lower cost.

Finance Your MH Renovation/Repair   There are many loan programs available to MH Owners. Secure the money you need to renovate, upgrade, or even expand your MH. One stop shopping. select your loan preferences and we will forward your request for loan information to as many as a dozen participating manufactured housing finance offices.

Skirting For The 21 Century Manufactured Home   System-1 is what skirting should be- 100% solid concrete. System-1 is not an imitation or a look alike – it is the original concrete skirting system that resists the elements from the summer heat of Texas to the harsh winters of Minnesota. System-1 is built to last and is designed to stay put for years of dependable service. Stop chasing your skirting down the street and look at just some of the benefits System-1 concrete skirting provides you.

5 Part Site Preparation & Home Installation Video Series   We are proud to offer the most effective way ever to learn about the step by step process involved in properly installing a manufactured home; A new five-part video series with George Porter, the industry's most respected installation specialist. After viewing all five videos you will have what it takes to tackle your site preparation with confidence and peace of mind. Even if you're not planning on doing the work yourself, this information will help you understand the entire process. This will give you an edge when choosing sub-contractors and help you make sure the site preparation is done properly.

Manufactured Housing Yellow Pages / SERVICE COMPANIES   The Yellow Pages is an ever expanding data base that is growing into one of the richest resources in the world for locating and contacting companies that participate in, or offer services to, the manufactured housing industry.

The Mobile Home Expert   The business of installing and servicing manufactured homes is rapidly moving away from the world of the one pick-up, one jack, local set up and repair guys and into the world of certified tradesmen, and licensed contractors. The modern manufactured home is greeted with stiff compliance codes regulating construction, warranty and installation. As more and more local agencies get involved in the inspection of installations it gets more and more difficult to know what the rules of the game are, especially if your operating in more than one jurisdiction. Consult with R.T. Bonney, who has participated in all phases of the industry over the past 30 Years He can provide solutions for the modern problems of operating most types of manufactured housing business.

Floor Repair Info Kit   includes a 25 minute VHS video about repairing the floor underneath your toilet, and a booklet on floor repair. Price:$25.95 - Shipping & Handling:$3.90

Painting and Texturing Paneled Walls   By following the steps in this 20 minute video, your paneled walls will look darn near like textured sheetrock. Works on both wood paneling and vinyl-covered paneling or sheetrock. Price:$19.95 Shipping & Handling:$3.90  


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