Mobile home manufacturers try to save money. They find areas to use less expensive materials. Low-end materials are typically used for essential infrastructure items. These are areas that keep you warm during the winter and cool in the summer. Our top three upgrade ideas address these critical mobile home deficiencies.
The windows that mobile home manufacturers use are rarely quality windows. They are poorly insulated and pass thru the cold and heat.
Decorating with drapes is the least expensive way to stop the heat from getting into your houses. Drapes with a proper lining reduce heat gain by over 33%. You can reduce and block heat from your house by having the right window coverings. Reversible shades is the best option to prevent heat from entering your home. The shades are dark on one side and light-colored on the flip side. It means that you can switch them; depending on the prevailing weather condition. The best way to insulate your house with shades is to have it fitted with cellular shades. These shades increase the insulation of the room and help to trap unwanted heat. The cells have a honeycomb fabric. This fabric makes them efficient and reduces the solar heat that gets into your house by up to 80 %.
For a better solution to bad mobile home windows, we recommend casement and double-hung windows. These windows are designed to stop most all water and air leakage. Our casement windows are made of vinyl and can be hinged on either side of the frame. This allows you to open the windows when you want to have an unobstructed view. We are aware that some of our clients have indoor plants which require more light to grow. We install windows with a U value of less than 0.27. They are energy efficient and ideal in both summer and winter. We also offer both double and triple pane windows to give our clients a wide range of choice.
Mobile home manufacturers also cheap out on roof material. The roofing materials used on your home determine whether they are energy efficient. Whether they can stay cool during the summer season, and warm during the winter.
Radiant Barriers and Overlays
Applying overlays on existing roofs helps to deflect the heat away from the building. Our experts also use built-up roof membranes. These membranes have the acronym BUR. They improve the insulation of mobile home roofs. They also use radiant barriers to help the roof cool when it is too hot. They install reflective materials to deflect the heat away and keep the house cool. Materials such as reflective spray treatment and aluminum are installed in the space between the roof and the home’s interior. These act as barriers and keep the heat out of the home.
White Flat Tile
Roof tiles come in a variety of colors, but white is the best to keep temperatures down. These tiles are made of elastomeric materials, ceramic, fiber, and cement. They reflect heat and will serve you for an extended period.
White Metal Roofing
When white metal roofing is installed, they can reflect 66 % of solar radiant heat. The roofing is a great way to keep your house cool. White metal roofing holds less heat. It is durable and has the lowest maintenance cost.
Mobile home manufacturers install the lowest rated thermal resistance. It is the lowest R-value insulation allowed by the government. These government guidelines allow manufacturers to skip adding insulation in many areas of your home. This is problematic. Insulation is critical to minimize heat transfer. When the manufacturer cheap out on windows, roofing, and insulation, you have a trifecta working against your comfort. So how can you address the insulation issue?
Integrity Leveling can install insulation in your walls, ceiling, and floor. The first place to address is your ceiling. Roof insulation is essential for both keeping heat out in the summer and keeping heat in the winter. Cheap insulation allows heat to escape. For mobile homes, the rood is very hard to insulate as it is very tight — too tight for traditional insulation. That is why we typically use blown-in insulation for the ceiling. The ceiling insulation should have an R-value of at least R30. We regularly install R70 to protect our clients from the summer heat.
Insulation for your walls and floor and also necessary. We look forward to talking to you about all your home remodeling needs.