The trendiness of tiny houses has many people attempting to build them with little to no experience in choosing materials. Even if you've built a cabin or house before, you may not know which shingles are best for a roof that is subjected to vibrating forces from travel or extreme seasonal weather changes. Find out why composite roofing is a good choice for both mobile and stationary tiny houses of all types.
Because composite shingles are an advancement of asphalt shingle technology, they are a lightweight option. Maintaining a specific weight profile is essential for tiny homes built in areas with requirements for registering towing equipment. Genuine slate or wood shingles may look nice, but they're heavy and require you to build a stronger roof deck before attaching them. Composite roofing is also easier to carry or haul up to the top of the roof if you're doing the work yourself, especially if you don't have a few years of roofing experience under your belt to build up your hammering muscles.
Despite being one of the lightest permanent roofing materials, composite shingles also last upwards of 50 years. Many products are warrantied to last this long or longer, although some companies may stipulate the need for professional and approved installation or use only on a stationary structure. Check out the wording of the roofing warranty before using it when choosing a roofing product.
Despite the terms of the warranty, the fact that a manufacturer guarantees their products for that many decades is a sign that you shouldn't experience any problems with it as long as you keep it maintained over the years. Since most people choosing tiny homes are looking for green or eco-friendly materials, the long lifespan of these shingles keeps them out of the landfill while reducing the amount of work you must do on your home.
Speaking of green considerations, many composite roofing materials are also quite eco-friendly because they're made with recycled materials. Some shingles only include partially recycled substrates or binders, while others are up to 95% composed of recycled materials and reclaimed waste. Choose the roof shingle that best fits both your budget limits and your environmental impact goals. Roofing materials made from recycled materials can greatly cut down on the carbon footprint of your tiny home, but they will cost a little more than their conventional counterparts.
Taking your tiny house on the road exposes it to some high winds, even if you never travel to a windy area. Models designed to move should be covered with shingles rated to withstand 130 mile per hour winds, which can be generated due to the wind tunnel effect when traveling down an interstate with larger vehicles and high speeds. Some three-tab composite shingles are capable of this kind of wind resistance, but they'll need specific installation to really withstand that kind of wind. Make sure you follow the manufacturer's instructions and consult with a roofing professional for an inspection before taking your tiny house on the road.
Finally, staying in RV parks or on wilderness properties can expose you to wildfire or man-made fire hazards. A fire-resistant roof allows you to travel through areas with hot sparks or other combustion risks with less worry about damage to your home. Synthetic composite tiles that mimic wood shake and stone slab tiles can offer the highest fire-resistance rating, which is essential if you're traveling to parts of the country like California that have seasonal fire risks.
For additional information or for professional assistance with roofing your tiny home, contact a roofing company in your area.