Maintaining Mobile Home Roofing

a mobile home with attached pergola
  • 2-60 hours
  • Intermediate
  • 50-1,250
What You'll Need
Scrub brush
Soap and bleach mixture
Pressure sprayer (optional)
Roof coating
Roof cement
Sheet metal
Silicon caulk
Paint brush
Putty knife
Paint (optional)

Mobile home roofing, like any other type of roofing needs repairs and maintenance from time to time. Most mobile home roofs are made of metal, aluminum being the most common type of metal used. Making sure your roof isn’t rusting and covering any holes is the best way to maintain your roof and get the most out of it before investing in replacing it.

Step 1 - Clean the Roof

With mobile home roofing and other types of metal roofing, it’s important to keep the coat of paint on your roof fresh and to keep as much dust and debris off the roof as possible to ensure that it doesn’t begin to rust. Be careful when climbing a ladder to reach the mobile home roof. Using a scrub brush and a mixture of water and some bleach, scrub the roof before you begin the other maintenance procedures. You can also use a pressure sprayer to clean off any dust or dirt, but make sure you don’t have it turned too high; it can leave dents in the aluminum.

Step 2 - Fill Major Holes

man in protective gear removing moldy roofing

Identify any holes that are too large to be fixed with a protective coating or roofing cement. Carefully cut a piece of sheet metal that fits over the entire damaged area. Use gloves when cutting sheet metal and attaching it to the roof; the edges are sharp. Use silicone caulking to attach it to the rest of the roof. Make sure the surface is clean when you attach it and follow the directions that come with the caulk to get the best results.

Step 3 - Fill Smaller Mobile Home Roofing Holes

Use some roof cement and a putty knife to fill smaller holes in the roof. Follow the directions on the roofing cement for the best results.

Step 4 - Apply Roof Coating

white metal roof

Purchase roof coating made for aluminum roofs from your local hardware store. Following the directions, apply it to the entire roof with a paint brush. It’s important to use roof coating if you’ve patched a large hole with sheet metal and caulk, as this will provide extra protection. Roof coating can fix any small leaks or potential leaks caused by rust or other damage. It will also keep the roof from rusting further. Make sure the surface is completely clean before applying roof coating.

Step 5 - Paint the Roof

Painting your mobile home roofing after all the repairs are finished is a nice way to maintain your roof and keep it looking new. Find a paint that is specifically used for mobile home or aluminum roofing. Paint and a new roof coating will keep the rust from forming on your roof for a long time.