The Importance of Proper Manufactured Home Insulation

When it comes to picking the right home, the options available are endless. You can find any look, style, and price point, from traditional homes to high-end upscale manufactured homes. But when people start looking for homes, they often focus on the curb appeal and what’s on the inside. While that’s important, paying attention to the insulation and roofing options must also be high on that priority list.

Selecting the right roofing and insulation for your new manufactured home from ECM Homes is important. After all, the temps in Washington do fluctuate. So, you want to make sure that your home is properly insulated to keep you warm and has the highest-quality roof to protect you from the weather outside.

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What You Need to Know About Manufactured Home Insulation

When choosing a home, insulation really does matter. It’s all about keeping the right temperature inside, no matter the exterior temperature. This is where “R-values” come into play. This value measures the insulation’s resistance to heat flow. Think of it like a blanket. Higher R-values mean the blanket is thicker. As such, a higher value keeps your home more comfortable and uses less energy to heat or cool.

Most homes have standard insulation, but at ECM Homes, we go beyond the standard. We offer R40 and even a thicker option, R51 ILO R40, for those who want the best for their ceiling insulation. We also offer R38 ILO Standard for flooring.

Here’s what better insulation means for you:

  • Energy Efficiency and Cost Savings: With better insulation, your home stays at the temperature you like. This means your heater or air conditioner doesn’t have to work excessively to maintain the temp. The result means added savings for your energy bill, too.
  • Improved Comfort and Climate Control: Regardless of the weather outside, you want to stay comfortable. You don’t want to be sweating on hot and muggy days. And you don’t want to be donning multiple sweaters and extra socks on colder days.
  • Better Noise Reduction: External noise can really add up. With the right insulation, it helps to muffle if not eliminate outdoor noise.

What You Need to Know About Roofing for Manufactured Homes

A good roof is a non-negotiable for your home. After all, without one, you are left with no protection from rain, snow, and sun. And quality really does matter. At ECM Homes, we offer two different options for our manufactured home customers.

  • Metal Roofing: Standing seam metal roofing provides a strong, watertight barrier for homes. It is known to last a long time (typically 40 years or more) and has a sleek, modern appearance.
  • Shingles: Roof shingles offer that traditional look that most people are familiar with and are available in various colors. They are designed to overlap, ensuring effective protection from rain and snow.

You may notice that we refer to rakes and ridges on our options sheet. A roof’s “rake and ridge” are the edges and peaks where two sides meet. They’re important because they help rain and snow slide off your roof. Good roofing pays extra attention to these areas, especially on gable ends (the triangle parts of the wall) and dormers (the windows that stick out).

Choosing the right roofing is key for a few reasons:

  • It keeps your home safe and dry. A strong roof means less worry about leaks and damage.
  • It saves you money. Good roofs last longer and need fewer repairs.
  • It makes your home look good. The right roof adds beauty and style.

So, picking the right roof is about more than just covering your home. It’s about protecting your space, saving money, and keeping it looking great.

Choosing the Right Roofing Option for Your Manufactured Home

So, the logical question now is, how do you decide on the right roof option for your home? Both metal roofing and traditional shingles are great choices, and both are designed to last. However, you may have a preference for one style over the other. Conversely, depending on the home floor plan and design you select, one type may make more sense.

At ECM Homes, we’re here to help you choose the right roofing option for your new manufactured home. Here are the considerations we will discuss with you:

  • Weather Resistance: How well the roof stands up to rain, snow, wind, and sun.
  • Strength: The lifespan of the roofing material.
  • Maintenance Needs: How much work it takes to keep the roof in good shape.
  • Energy Efficiency: How the roof helps keep heating and cooling costs down.
  • Appearance and Curb Appeal: How the roof looks and if it matches your home’s style.
  • Weight: The heaviness of the material and if your home can support it.
  • Cost: Initial price of the roof and long-term savings.
  • Installation: How quickly and easily the roof can be put on your home.

Are You Ready to Build a Manufactured Home with ECM Homes?

From selecting the right roofing and insulation to the foundation upon which your home will rest, we work with you throughout the entire process. At ECM Homes, we’re proud to be a licensed dealer of Palm Harbor Homes. Why does this matter? Because we believe in nothing but the highest quality and best experience when selecting and building your manufactured home.

Whether you decide to build in one of our established communities, such as Lavender Meadows or Crystal Mountain MHC, we’re committed to ensuring you love your home for decades to come. Contact us today so that we can answer any questions you might have and get you on the path to all the benefits our homes offer. We look forward to partnering with you on your roofing, insulation, foundation, and everything in between.