When you start talking about Mobile Home repair and maintenance, what better place to start than the top?
This post was originally the first blog posted on the Basic Components blog when it first launched in 2003. Without any past posts, and with so many options, we weren’t sure where to start. As mobile home parts suppliers, our list of products and companies we represent from our main distribution center in Mansfield, Texas – and our satellite representative warehouses all over the country – is long and full of the most exceptional mobile home parts and supplies around. We could cover just about anything related to mobile home supply and service. So, we decided to just start at the top. Your mobile home roof.
Now in the mobile home industry, there are a wide variety of roofing styles, and as a result, a wide variety of mobile home replacement parts. We’ll try to keep our advice generic, so it applies to the broadest possible range of circumstances.
Mobile Home Roof Repairs for Winter
Winter just officially kicked off, and some of our roofs may take a beating. Snowfall, temperature change, sheets of ice that melt and freeze and melt again, and the coming rain and hail showers of spring will likely do a number on our usually metal but sometimes shingled, roofs. Let’s talk about ways you can keep up the quality of the roof over your head when the weather clears up.
What Do You Need To Start Your Repairs?
First, you’ll need to gather your tools. You don’t want to spend valuable work time going back to get something you forgot. Your mobile home roof repair kit should include: broom, brush, screws, screwdriver, roof patch, roof coating, ladder, paint, paintbrushes and rollers, gloves, knee pads, and elbow pads
Before You Begin Working On Your Mobile Homes Roof
Now you’re almost ready to start working. But it would be good to take a few precautionary steps.
- when doing work where you could be seriously injured, it’s always a good idea to have help. In most cases, you can keep each other safe. But in those rare instances where one of you gets hurt, the other can call for help.
- do your best to minimize trips up and down the ladder. Carry what you need to carry, and have your friend hand you the rest. This will reduce the chances of you falling off the roof, or slipping off the ladder.
- try to avoid working on the roof when the sun is out, or at least not while it’s high in the sky.
- if you have to work in the sun, at least wear protection. Sunblock, long sleeves and pants, and a hat.
- finally, just pay attention to your surroundings. Many injuries can be prevented by avoiding careless mistakes.
It’s Time To Get Started On The Roof
Ok, you can get to work now!
- get up on your roof and sweep off all of the debris.
- replace any loose or old screws
- use your roof patch, or any other sealer you prefer, to close up any possible leaks or openings in the roof
- use a roller with a long stick handle to apply your roof coating all over the roof. this should usually be done at least every other year, if not every year. allow this to dry for about 24 hours
- return to paint the roof if you like, or use a paint that is also a good coating
Again, please be safe when you do this work. It’s good to do, and we hope you take the time to do it. It will drastically improve the quality of your roof, and save you time, effort and money in the long run.Place an Order
Originally posted on January, 28th 2003, this blog has been updated to reflect the most current information.