Does a Roof Shedding Granules Need Repair?

Asphalt shingles are affordable, last long, offer a variety of attractive options and are easy to install. This and many other perks are what make shingle roofs the most popular to date. Manufacturers, in a bid to make this type of roofing even more sturdy and protective, have perfected shingles design in a number of ways. The asphalt shingle features a mat core that is coated with many layers of asphalt. The exterior layer is coated with pulverized minerals (granules) which are embedded in its surface. The granules, aside from protecting the asphalt from the sun’s ultraviolet rays, also protect the inner layers and the core of the shingles.

Exactly what are granules and how do they protect asphalt shingles?

Granules are made from crushed stones which are then filtered to achieve a uniform size. Thereafter, the granules are adhered to the asphalt layer using a sealant to make them stay put for years. To create a variety of different colors that can match various asphalt shingles, granules are coated with different colors. Granules can also be made from UV blocking materials to offer protection from the harsh sun rays. Additionally, manufacturers also treat granules to make them resistant to algae growth and this way, your roof can withstand the aftermath of humid weather. Without granules, your roof would be smooth with a black appearance from the naked asphalt.

Why do granules fall off? What’s normal?

To enhance durability, manufacturers often cover the shingles with excess granules. Naturally then, some granules are bound to fall off. Again, because granules are exposed to weather elements daily, there’s no way all of them will stay put on the shingles, it’s completely natural that some will come out. Heavy rains and windy weather can cause the roof to lose more granules than normal. You will for these reasons notice granules in your gutters or on the ground near the roof. While this can be concerning, it’s not always a reason for alarm, particularly is your roof is relatively new.

When should you call for repair or replacement?

Over time, as age catches up with our roof, the sealant used to adhesive granules weakens. This results in excessive loss of granules. As this happens, you will begin to notice bare spots of exposed asphalt or a very thin layer of granule covering. These signs warrant concern. This is because, granules are what protect your roof from UV rays and weather elements, without them, your shingles are no match to harsh weather. If you don’t do something at this point, your roof’s integrity will be compromised. The asphalt shingles will inevitably begin to crack after some time start causing leaks and overall roof damage.

When properly cared for, asphalt shingle roofs can go up to 20 years. If yours is older than this and you’ve already noticed an excessive loss of granules, have an experienced roofer Winnipeg go up there and inspect your roof. If the asphalts are intact despite the granule loss, roof repair can prolong your roofs life. However, if the granules are almost all knocked off, and the shingles are curling, it may be time for a roof upgrade, the roofer will advise you accordingly.

Preparations Before Installing a New Roof

You’ve gotten all the signs that it’s time to replace your roof and your house is now scheduled for a new roof. Roofing is a huge undertaking, one that requires preparation. Keep in mind, your house becomes a work zone the moment the roofing company shows up. You therefore need to take the necessary precautions to not only protect your family members and pets, but to also provide a smooth working atmosphere for the roofers.

The first thing should be to secure your kids and pets if you have any. Young kids may find it quite exciting to watch our qualified roofing contractors do all the ripping, nailing, tearing and hauling that comes with this intensive project. Their raw curiosity may send them sneaking out and about the work site, and this of course, is extremely dangerous.  For the older children, you can talk to them about the upcoming project and the need to steer clear from the construction site until the project is complete. For the younger children, however, since it’s unlikely they’ll heed to this set of instructions. Taking them to visit grandparents or family members until the project is complete will be a great idea. Just make sure they are not in the vicinity when construction is taking place.  Relocating your kids temporarily will also allow the roofers to work efficiently without the fear of injuring anyone.

Next, for smooth construction to take place, create enough space in your compound. Although our roofers will work as neatly as possible, removing an old roof and installing a new one is a huge undertaking. Our contractors will need ample space to place their work tools, trucks and debris. To provide the necessary space, you could clear one side of your driveway. Additionally, it’s important that the crew has access to all areas of your yard as this will ease the cleaning up process after installation.

The other thing you need to do is clear your attic. Although the roofers will try to keep the items in the attic space pristine, there’s no surefire way to keep the items dust free. Clear your attic before the old roof is extracted. And even after installation, there might be some dust and debris in the attic so you will need to open its entrance carefully. You should also prepare the inside of your house by removing any hanging décor, glass sconces and light fixtures attached to the walls of your upper floor. Installing a roof is a heavy construction that may cause the walls to vibrate so any loosely handing item may succumb to the law of gravity.

Another important thing you need to do is to inform your neighbors about your upcoming project. If your neighbor’s property is at close proximity, they might also need to take some precautionary measures such as covering their plants and also talking to their children so they stay clear from your compound. Informing your neighbors in advance also gives them ample time to move their cars, especially if you share the driveway. If a shingle or nail accidentally flies off into their yard, your neighbors will be more forgiving if you had informed them ahead of time. Again, it’s only fair that you warn them about the noise they might have to endure temporarily

Installing a new roof may cost you more than just finances, you may have to endure some little inconveniences but once it’s all done, a new roof is one of the best investments you can make in your property.

The Roof and the Temperatures in Your Home: Where’s the Link?

According to Global news reports, in the summer months of 2018, Manitoba experienced record-breaking temperatures of as high as 102.38°F. Now that is what we call really hot!  With temperatures predicted to reach well over 86.0 °F in the coming summer seasons, it’s important to understand how the roof affects a home’s indoor temperatures. While your roof may seem like an expanse inanimate structure, it’s more like a living organism. Its materials, color, and structure significantly influence the temperatures in your house. A reputable Winnipeg roofing company walks you through how your roof influences indoor temperatures.

The Color

Let’s start with the most obvious component of the roof ― the color.  Generally, a dark-colored roof is like a heat sponge, soaking up the sun’s rays and transferring all that heat to the attic and the rooms below. Light colors do the opposite; they reflect the sun’s rays away from the roof which helps keep the rooms below cooler in hot weather. There have been several studies that have documented the essence of lightening roofs to save on cooling bills. They call it the ‟albedo effect.” But where does this leave homeowners whose roofing colors are dark. Yet they live in areas with extreme weathers wherein one season, mother nature blesses the roofs with ice and in another, wrecks it with heat?  

You see, much as reflecting light in hot weather is important, dark roofs have a reputation of helping snow melt in winter weather. This is made possible by the fact that dark roofs retain heat as aforementioned. Ultimately, so long as you choose the best materials available and get proper installation, the best roof color is the color you like most. Regardless of the choice of roof color, proper insulation and ventilation helps keep indoor temperatures comfortable both in summer and winter.

Roofing Material

Your choice of roofing material will also have an effect on the temperature in your house. The roofing material affects how much light a house absorbs which in turn affects indoor temperatures. For example, asphalt shingles, regardless of whether they are dark or light colored only reflect an estimated 30% of the light that hits your home. Metal roofs, on the other hand, are very reflective regardless of their color. Tiles and concrete roofing also have different cooling and heat absorption properties. If you’re concerned about the energy efficiency of your favorite roofing materials, opt for cool roof version of that material.

The Attic

Regardless of your choice of roofing color and material, the attic is part of your roofing system. It also plays a major role in keeping your home at comfortable temperatures. An improperly vented attic can cause a tremendous increase in the house’s temperatures. Your attic needs the right amount of insulation and ventilation to allow excess heat to escape. Any well-experienced roofer will tell you that where proper insulation keeps excess heating from reaching past the attic, proper attic ventilation provides cooling properties to the roof materials. This means that although insulating the ceiling can and does help reduce transfer of heat to the house, eliminating excess heat from the attic is even more beneficial and cost-effective.

In conclusion, although the roof color, materials used and the state of the attic do have an effect on your home’s temperatures, don’t hesitate to choose a roof of your preference. A skilled roofing contractor can always find ways to work around your selection to ensure your home’s temperature is comfortable whether in summer or winter.

All About Roof Solar Panels

For both industrial and domestic power consumption, solar energy is becoming more popular as an alternative energy solution. Since the introduction of solar panels, there has been a reduction in over-dependence on fossil fuels (which are skyrocketing in cost by day). Solar energy is renewable and requires little or no major maintenance. Additionally, zero greenhouse gas emission makes solar energy an Eco-friendly choice of energy. If you are a homeowner and wish to profit from the many benefits of solar energy, this article helps you learn more about solar panels. From installation to having a solar power system that works for years to come.

Purchase

There are different types of solar panels in the market, each with unique features, pros, and cons. For instance, monocrystalline solar panels have a high-efficiency rate, high lifetime value, and are optimized for commercial spaces. Polycrystalline panels, on the other hand, are also sensitive to high temperatures and take up less space which makes them ideal for residential use. The latter is lower in price but also have a lower lifespan compared to monocrystalline panels. Basically, your choice of solar panels will ultimately depend on the availability of space, your preference on type and how much you’re willing to spend.  Monocrystalline, polycrystalline and amorphous silicon solar panels is the respective order from the most expensive to the least expensive solar panels. Before purchasing solar panels consulting an experienced roofer can go a long way to getting you started.

Installation

These are the basic qualities of a great roof ideal for a solar panel installation:

Asphalt shingles, clay tiles, and standing metal roofs are easier to work with hence make the best roofing materials for solar panels installation.

The roof should be in good condition and not scheduled for repairs.

Pitched or sloping roofs are the best for solar panels installation. A power generation angle of 30-40 degrees is ideal in most places. When working with flat or awkward-angled roofs, roofing contractors will install brackets or special racking at an extra cost.

During the actual installation, a roofer will visit the site to assess the roof type, shading, roof angle, and the available space. Later, preparation of the roof will involve roof adjusting loose tiles or shingles and removing any debris. The process also involves linking electrical wiring connection and solar panels to the power system. Next is fixing racking systems to help anchor solar panels. The last step in the process is installing an inverter whose work is to convert direct current (DC) to alternating current (AC). Depending on the complexity and size of solar panels, this whole process can take about three days.

Post-Installation

After installation, you will need to keep inspecting the panels for pilings and accumulated dirt. You see, solar panels have an upward angle which makes them prone to a buildup of dust and bird droppings. When dirt accumulates on the panels, it slows power generation. Light films of dirt may benefit from moderate rain but a thicker film of accumulated dirt will not wash off easily.  To remove accumulated dirt, it’s important to give your solar panels a thorough cleaning the right way.

The initial cost of installing solar panels may be high, but in the long-term, it all begins to make sense once you notice the significant reduction on your electricity bills.

What’s Roof Sheathing and How is it Important?

If you’re not a roofing professional, it’s possible you haven’t come across the name roof sheathing. But all the more reason you should always hire a roofing repair company to take care of your roof’s installation and repairs. By the time you’re done reading this article, you’ll understand what roofing sheathing is and why it matters.

The role of roof sheathing in the roofing system

You see, your roof is made up of more than just shingles and gutters. The roof sheathing is a strong layer of skeleton formed with rafters and trusses to support and provide sturdy support to the rest of the roofing system. The roof sheathing achieves this by dispersing extra weight across the rafters. This is what prevents the roof from sagging and collapsing. In addition, it’s the trusses and beams that give the roof its initial pitch.

Plywood and oriented strand board (OSB) are the two most common materials used to construct a roof sheathing. Although both materials are made of wood, plywood is more heavyweight hence more durable but also more costly. OSB, on the other hand, is lightweight and cheaper. Unless your roof will be made of heavier materials such as slate or concrete roofing tiles, OSB sheathing should do just fine.

Apart from supporting external roofing materials, roof sheathing decreases roof leakage.  Back in the day, when constructing roofs, building contractors only used shingles and planks. As a result, there were many attic and garret inundations. Fortunately, roofers discovered that underlayment of boards helped prevent leaks. Roof sheathing made shingles lay flat so water wouldn’t get underneath curling shingles. Although there are a number of weatherproof shingles in the market, roof decking gives the roof additional protection against weather elements. Today, weatherproofed sheathing boards are also available which means better roof protection against water damage.

If you apply a radiant barrier on the sheathing, draft it over the rafters, or staple to the bottom of the rafters, your home will become more energy efficient. A radiant barrier reflects up to 97% of solar radiation which translates to up to 30% of attic heat reduction. And the great thing is that you can DIY install a radiant barrier making the whole process cheap yet rewarding.

A damaged roof sheathing

Now that you understand the essence of a roof sheathing to your overalls roofing system, it’s important you also know how to identify a damaged roof sheathing so you know when it needs replacement or repair. A sagging roof is one sign there’s a major problem with the roof sheathing. A sagging roof most in most instances begins with a neglected leak. If left undetected, roof leaks eventually lead to rotting of the deck’s plywood. A rotting roof decking can neither support the weight of a roof nor safely grip the nails put into the roof. Left unaddressed, your roof will inevitably begin to sag and eventually come down.

Given its critical role in the entire roofing system, it’s of importance to maintain the roof sheathing. Part of protecting your roof sheathing includes protecting all the other roofing elements. Because, when damage occurs to the shingles, for instance, it exposes the sheathing to weather elements which eventually leads to rotting. The other key to a long and healthy roofing system is to make sure that an experienced roofing repair company handles your roof’s installation, repair and maintenance.

For more Information on roof repair services, don’t hesitate to contact us on (204) 487-7663!

Wet Roofing Insulation: Risks Involved

Roofs are designed to keep rainwater and moisture from penetrating into the house. To enhance proper functioning, qualified roofing contractors incorporate insulation to the roofing structure of your home. Roofing professionals install roofs in such a way that the insulation has absolutely no contact with moisture. However, a burst in a water pipe, an improperly welded seam or a puncture on your roofing system could lead to the insulation getting wet. Fixing the source of the leak is unfortunately not enough. Once insulation is wet, it needs to be completely removed. Otherwise, it could lead to certain ramifications. Left unaddressed, the issue will easily become catastrophic.

Wet insulation poses risk to the attic and ceiling. The two are usually the first casualties as they are part and parcel of the roofing structure. Early signs of wet insulation include darkening of the paint along the attic or ceiling which also leads to expansion of the ceiling plaster. In advanced cases, wet insulation could eventually lead to rot, which in turn damages home appliances such as fans and lights that are mounted on the ceiling.

Additionally, wet insulation creates a conducive environment for the growth of mold and mildew. As it is, mold notoriously spreads fast and could find its way across the entire structure of your house and further into your furniture, carpet, and clothes. Signs of mold and mildew are dark green, almost black spotting along the walls and ceiling of your home. Black mold is a health hazard in itself. It causes various respiratory issues such as nasal congestion, inflammations, asthma, and rhinitis. The invasive nature of mold makes remediation quite complicated and if not addressed promptly, the structural integrity of your house stands compromised.

Aside from mold growth, wet insulation increases moisture content in the house. Wooden surfaces may rot and wither away at a faster rate than concrete surfaces. In adverse cases, the rot could lead to the complete collapse of the structure of the house. Moisture intrusion in the insulation compromises the warranty of having a new roof installed. As a homeowner, you may find yourself leaning more towards retrofitting a new roofing system in order to minimize the cost of an entirely new roof. However, the moisture present in the existing roof can get into the new roof and compromise its stability.

The thermal residence capabilities in insulation are responsible for maintaining room temperatures. When it gets wet, it loses up to about 40% of its thermal residence. In ripple effect, your home HVAC system will have to work overtime to maintain warm temperatures in your home during winter and cool temperatures during summer, which in turn leads to high electricity bills.

It’s clear that the repercussions of wet insulation are dire. In most cases, wet insulation is only discovered after signs of paint discoloration and wood rot. Since prevention is always better, infrared roof surveys at least twice annually will help identify any wet insulation before it causes wreck to the house. Also, because wet insulation also has a lot to do the initial roof installation, having your roof installed by competent roofing professionals will save you a whole lot of roofing problems. Well-trained roofing professionals have the technical know-how of designing a roofing structure that is more resistant to moisture.

Blue Roofs: All You Need to Know

As modern buildings embrace elegant architectural designs, more building owners are now hiring contractors from Winnipeg roofing company to add blue roofs for more reasons than aesthetics. Blue roofs, besides complying with sustainable urban drainage systems (SuDS) regulations, are designed to hold rainwater and regulate drainage from the roof. In general, they attenuate water and control the effects of rainwater runoff.

Benefits of Blue Roofs

In modern cities and towns, storm water could cause sewage overflow. With less water attenuation, rainwater runoff can easily cause flooding, especially in flood-prone locations. Blue roofs installation helps release the accumulated rainwater slowly long after a storm. This attenuation efficiency helps mitigate flooding. These roofs can be used to sustain green roofs (a roof covered by vegetation planted on a waterproof membrane). Studies have shown that blue roofs do not adversely affect the existence of green roofs. Roofing contractors can fit both roofs on a building. This way, the blue roof-underneath can sustain the green roof.

If you want to harvest rainwater, blue roofs help you do exactly that. Not only is it Eco-friendly to harvest rainwater, but it also helps reduce water bills. You can use rainwater in landscape irrigation, toilet flushing, water fountains, among other household uses. Water from blue roofs can also be used for cooling systems and as a result, reduce cooling costs. On a hot day, cold water on the roof can single-handedly cool the roof. This goes a long way to the reduction of the cooling burden placed on the Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) system.

Blue Roof Concerns

In spite of the numerous merits, blue roofs raise a few concerns. Because of the water stagnation, they can be a breeding site for mosquitoes including the West Nile virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis virus. Your roofing contractor can resolve this problem by incorporating new structural geometrics to the blue roof that helps deal with standing water. The other concern about blue roofs is that their drainage systems may also clog from time to time. This is usually due to poor or improper installation and poor system inspection. A qualified roofing personnel will not only install the roof properly but also make recommended routine system checks.

Installation costs for this type of roofing could discourage building owners. First, the price of a blue roof is usually calculated per square foot. Before installation, roofs must first be fortified and this further increases total costs. While the whole process may seem costly at first, in the long run, the merits will surpass the initial costs. Some warranties state that any alterations or additions to a roof void the warranty. Checking the warranty and consulting widely could clear any concern.

Installing Blue Roofs

Due to the complex nature of blue roofs, Architect Today recommends that clients seek a one-stop shop approach in the whole process where possible. From designing to installation. This eliminates products incompatibility. During installation, the blue roof is laid directly on a waterproof layer. The waterproof layer should have certification for blue roofs and zero falls. So long as your roofing contractor installs the roof correctly, property owners stand to benefit from the many perks blue roofs provide.

Compared to green roofs, which also hold water, blue roofs have higher performance water-attenuation properties.

 

Did You Accidentally buy a Sauna? Attic Ventilation and Insulation

‟My house is a tiny one-story house that sits in the great suburb. Although it looks more like a square ranch with a basement, am tempted to call it a bungalow every time I look at it.  Much as I love my little bungalow, it’s a heat box. During winter, my heating bills are minimal and when summer comes, my AC works overtime. Recently, my central air conditioning suddenly stopped working. There is very little airflow through the house and my square ranch seems to hold onto heat never letting go.” Now I can’t help but wonder: ‟Did I accidentally buy a sauna?”

This is a typical example of an attic that has poor ventilation or no ventilation altogether.  The attic is the most misunderstood feature in a home. Some people decide to turn it into a home office, while others decide to make it a storehouse for antique things like the old maps that demonstrate to you how to get Willie’s treasure, and just maybe that’s how the movie ‘’Goonies’’ came about. Nothing wrong with any of these uses but this article is about a standard house with an uncomplicated plain old attic. The attic is the hat of your house, keeping all the heat inside-or out- depending on the season.

Your roof and attic happens to be the hottest parts of a house and for this reason, they transfer heat to the rest of the building. In the sweltering months of summer, the sun beats directly on the roof as it crosses the sky at very high arcs. The results are heated up roof shingles and the attic below. Of course, shingles of lighter shades reflect more heat than darker ones but this does not eliminate the need for proper ventilation. Lack or poor attic ventilation can cause temperatures to rise in about 150F.

Cooling the attic calls for either passive or active ventilation. With passive ventilation cooler air is drawn in through grilles or soffit vents beneath the eaves. To have sufficient air flow during the heat out of the roof ridge cap vents or roof vents, it’s crucial to have enough openings. In instances where the amount of airflow is insufficient, bents can be added. These contain electric fans that can be operated by a thermostat or a switch. The downside of electric fans is that they can be quite costly and may also suck too much air-conditioned air from the building into the attic.

But even with proper attic ventilation, you may still experience uncomfortable heat or cold depending on the season. This is where insulation comes in.  Attic insulation is not just reserved for cold climates. Insulation is a thermal barrier so it also helps keep homes cool in the summer. Think of this; wearing a coat prevents your body heat from dissipating, therefore keeping you warm. Heat always moves towards cold and not the other way round. So, as your air conditioner keeps your home cool during the hot months, insulation helps stop hot air from making its way inside. Insulation slows convection and conduction and this is how it performs the double duty of keeping your house cooler during summer and warmer in winter.

Ventilating and insulation your attic requires careful planning and execution. If you resonate with the story up there, only an experienced roofer can end your suffering.

Winnipeg Roofing Company Roofco Receives Positive Testimonial From Delighted Customer

Winnipeg Canada – Roofco, a locally owned and operated roofing company based in Winnipeg Canada, is today delighted to announce that they recently received a positive testimonial from a customer delighted with the work they had completed.

Charles and Bebi wrote “Attention Roofco, our names are Charles and Bebi James of Brigatine Bay in Winnipeg. Recently we had our roof re-shingled, and we wanted to let you know we were extremely satisfied with Dave and his employees, the timelines he promised were perfect, and the workmanship was unmatched. The qualified workers at our home were both friendly and very conscientious of all our requests – well done! We strongly & highly recommend Roofco’s staff to others who would be thinking of having their roof and eavestroughs replaced. Dave the owner has been upfront with pricing and scheduling, never once did he miss a beat, once again thank you to his staff and we are happy to recommend them to any, and all that ask.”

The company has been built on first-class workmanship, matched with outstanding levels of customer service, which is why they are always delighted to receive testimonials of this type. The company invests time and money into the customer service aspect of their business, and this includes all members of the team from the owner all the way down.

“Having any work done on your home, can be a very stressful experience, especially when it is something as significant as your roof,” said David Zerkee. “From the launch of our company our philosophy has always been to stand out from the crowd and ensure that the level of customer service we provide is equal to the high standards of the work we consistently deliver. We regularly receive recommendations about both the standard of our work and the customer experience, and we feel that testimonials such as this validate the extra effort we go to when training our team. We aim to become the number one roofing company in Winnipeg and testimonials such as this one, will help us achieve that goal soon rather than later.”

Roofco is a locally owned and operated company with more than a decade of trusted service. Roofco is the leading expert in residential and commercial roofing in Winnipeg with an A+ customer satisfaction rating from the Better Business Bureau. Roofco offers beautiful, durable roof replacement, roof repair and new roof construction in the local area. They are a family owned and operated business, and their work is backed by the best warranties in the business. For more information about the con pant and the services they offer, visit their website at https://www.roofcoonline.com

 

Roofco Roofing

27 Surfside Crescent, Winnipeg, MB R3X 1P2

(204) 487-7663

From the Roof Down: Mobile Homes Care and Maintenance

For people who find stick-built houses rather expensive, mobile homes are making their homeownership dream come true. This type of homes are prefabricated structures and just like conventional houses, they can be any size; from large- multi-section units to small single section units. Mobile homes can also have cathedral ceilings, fireplaces and even basements. You could even have a 2-story fabricated home if you like! Because of their flexibility, energy efficiency, and affordability, many people are completely satisfied living in their manufactured homes. But like any other home, mobile homes require care and maintenance. Here are the best maintenance practices from top to bottom.

The roof is the most crucial part

The roof is the most crucial part of your manufactured home. Regular maintenance from a reputable roofing repair company is critical for the home’s longevity. As a matter of fact, for both mobile homes and conventional ones, roof maintenance prevents hefty expenses down-the-road. While many older manufactured homes have galvanized sheets of steel or metal roofs, newer mobile homes are made of shingles. So obviously, care and maintenance differ. For both types, cleaning is mandatory. You need to remove any debris; that includes twigs, branches, acorns, and leaves. Debris build-up will trap water in the roof and also block the gutters, eventually causing roof damage. Metal roofs can’t sustain much weight so don’t make the mistake of standing on the roof. Instead, use a ladder and use a broom to sweep the debris. Also, any seams or holes in the roof needs immediate repair; otherwise you’ll end up dealing with roof leaks.

Making the walls eye candy

If you’ve lived in a mobile home, you’re familiar with those darn strips used to hide the cracks in the drywall. Usually, manufactured homes are constructed using pre-wallpapered drywall, and on the surface matching strips are applied. For aesthetics sake and additional protection of the walls, you can have beadboard walls installed. Ply bead adds tons of character on your wall aside providing better sound insulation. To clean beadboard walls, use a duster or soft brush to remove debris or loose dust.  Then wipe dry with a second cloth. If your interior walls have vinyl coverings, use a soft cloth dipped in mild detergent and wipe the surface.

You don’t want to turn your floor into a bobby trap

The sub-flooring of most mobile homes consists of particle board. While this material is the most durable material used for fabricated homes flooring, it’s unfortunately also extremely absorbent. When exposed to moisture, over time, particle board sucks up moisture like a sponge. Eventually, the floor gets soggy and begins to rot. If when stepping on the floor you notice one spot lower than the rest of the floor, your floor needs replacement. Soft spots can damage other parts of the manufactured home. It is therefore important to keep inspecting your floor. Neglecting a soft spot will turn it into a booby trap and one too many steps and your foot falls right through. As a preventative measure, avoid pouring fluids on the floor. Additionally, inspect your floor regularly and in case identify some soft spots, don’t postpone getting a new subfloor installation.

As with any investment, a good deal of care and maintenance is mandatory for optimal conditions, and a mobile home is no different. Taking care of the roof and ceiling; the walls; and the flooring will help you keep your manufactured home in tip-top condition for a long time