Many of the mobile or manufactured homeowners do not give much importance to roofing. Typically, many of the mobile homeowners do not heed the roofing of their mobile homes until there is a problem. By the time there is a visible issue on the roof of the home, a lot of damages might have occurred to the internal structures of the home. This is the reason the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) recommends manufactured homeowners to conduct an inspection of the roofs at least twice a year, preferably in the fall and spring seasons.
Roof Leak Signs
Usually, there will be some visual indication that a leak is happening. Whether your manufactured home has a flat or pitched roof, you need to look for the following signs inside and outside the home:
- Presence of dark spots on walls or ceilings;
- Bowing or sagging of walls, ceiling, gutters, sidings, etc.;
- Peeling wallpapers or paint; and
- Light coming in through cracks or holes.
If you find any of the above signs, you may be leading to a leak in the roof of the manufactured home.
Finding Leaks on Manufactured Home Roofs
If you find signs of leakage in your mobile home, you will have to find the exact cause of the leak to get it fixed before everything goes out of control. Finding the leak is among the most difficult parts in mobile home roof maintenance.
Spotting Leaks on Shingled Roofs
It will be helpful to understand that leaks follow the path of least resistance. This makes it difficult to locate the origin of the problem. A leak may reveal itself at a place, but the cause of the leak may be much above it. While trying to locate leaks on shingled manufactured home roofs, you should look for:
- Damaged, Missing, or Loose Shingles
If you find any damaged or missing shingles, you need to get them replaced immediately with the help of a licensed roofing contractor. You will also need to look for any popped nails, and hammer it back in place if you find one. In addition, you can check the gutter for pieces of shingles as this is a good sign that the shingles are damaged.
- Holes in Shingles
A nail or some other sharp objects can result in holes in the shingles leading to leaks. Look for the leftover mounting holes as well, as they can allow water into your home. When you find holes in the shingles, get them fixed by a good contractor.
- Check Rubber Boots
Rubber boots surrounding the plumbing ventilation pipes can be damaged and cracked. If there is a leak from gasket type plumbing vent, usually the culprit can be missing or loose nails or a cracked gasket. You need to replace them as soon as possible to avoid any further issues.