When looking at buying or selling a mobile home in the greater Sarasota Florida area it is important to fully realize what some of the most expensive items are to fix.
Not knowing how much something costs to fix or what to even look for when trying to assess if this item needs fixing can greatly throw off your budget when it comes to buying and settling in to your new mobile home purchase.
Mobile homes are notorious for leaky roofs, but, this does not have to be the case if you know what to look for, how to fix and how to prevent a leak in your mobile home roof from turning in to a HUGE issue!
When looking for a mobile home roof leak the first thing anyone wants to do is examine the ceiling for any type of structural imperfections. This can look like a very smooth area in an otherwise textured area of ceiling.
If you see this then this will usually tell you that there was, at one time, a roof leak in that area and either the current owner or a previous one patched the roof and then cleaned up the stain that the roof caused.
Another common way to notice a roof leak is what we refer to as a “coffee stain”. These stains are where water has leaked through the roof and have dried overtime leaving, what looks like, a coffee stain on a white t-shirt.
Once you find these roof leaks it is always a good idea to contact a licensed roofing company to see how bad the roof leak is and what needs to be done in order to fix it.
Generally, speaking, the roof that comes on your mobile home from the factory will usually last somewhere between 25-30 years without any issue.
After this time has come and gone a mobile home will need a new roof put on.
Unlike single family homes where shingles or tiles are pulled from the top of the roof and new ones are placed on, mobile homes have a roof over installed on the top of the roof.
A roof over is exactly what it sounds like, within a mobile home a new roof is built directly on top of the previous roof.
Roof overs can cost a few thousand dollars to several thousand pending on how large your mobile home is and what type of roof over you are looking at putting on to the home.
In order for your roof to last the longest make sure you look into and invest in sealing your mobile home roof every few years.
The process of sealing a mobile home roof is when a thin film of sealant is applied to the entire roof. This sealant is sticky in nature and can be applied with large rollers in order to coat the entire roof evenly throughout.
If the sealant is not done on a regular maintenance schedule then it would be reasonable to believe that the roof that you have had installed will not last nearly as long.
Roof leaks can be a huge problem or they can be taken care of quickly, the key is to act fast anytime you see warning sign of a possible roof leaks so that it does not lead to something much larger.
This is Mark Kaiser with The Mobile Home Dealer and we help mobile home Buyers and Sellers get to a better place in life.