Roofing Options

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What to Look for in a Roof

There are many factors to consider when selecting a roof for your tiny home. Think about how long the material will it last and if it is fire resistant. When your tiny house on wheels is towed, it experiences hurricane and tornado like forces. Your roofing choice needs to be able to withstand these forces. Remember, some popular roofing materials may be too heavy for a tiny house, such as tile or slate. Make sure your roof has enough slope for the material you’ve chosen, and consider whether or not the look complement the style of your tiny house. Also, are the materials eco-friendly and recyclable, and is that important to you? And finally, how much does it cost and will it fit into your budget?

Metal

Metal is a fantastic options for a tiny house on wheels because it’s light weight, durable, and can be recycled instead of disposed of at the end of its usefulness. In fact, metal was the most used material for roofs for decades and there are many famous buildings boasting metal roofs.
Standing-seam steel roofing is the most popular residential metal roofing today. But metal roofs can also be made to resemble wood shakes, clay tiles, shingles, and Victorian metal tiles. Aluminum or coated steel is formed into individual shingles or tiles, or into modular panels four feet long that mimic a row of shingles or tiles. You can use anything from pricey copper to budget friendly corrugated steel sheets for your tiny home roof.

Metal Roofs

    • Durable
    • Fire Retardant
    • Practically maintenance free
    • Energy efficient
    • Absorb less heat from the sun
    • Not super easy to DIY
    • Can be costly

Installing some metal roofing can be an intricate process best done by a professional, and the initial cost of a premium metal roof is higher than most other roofing materials. You need to compute the lifecycle cost to see if paying more to begin with for a metal roof will prove to be a better investment than some other form of roofing.

 Metal Standing Seam Roof

Metal Standing Seam Roof

Wood

Wood roofing is a popular choice for tiny houses and it comes in an almost endless variety of options. Wood offers a natural look with a lot of character. Because of variations like color, width, thickness, or cut of the wood, no two wood roofs will ever be the same. Wood offers some energy benefits since it helps to insulate and it allows the house to breathe.

Wood

  • Lightweight
  • Full of Character
  • Relatively Inexpensive
  • Good for DIY
  • Needs Extensive Maintenance
  • Can be a green option
 Aged Wood Shingle Roof

Aged Wood Shingle Roof

Asphalt Shingles

Asphalt Shingles are common on traditional houses and have lots of benefits. There’s two main drawbacks however. Asphalt is not the most attractive material and it’s not a very environmentally friendly material.

Asphalt

  • Easy to Maintain
  • Easy to installation
  • Somewhat Durable
  • Inexpensive
  • Can blow off in high winds
  • Not very recyclable
 Asphalt Shingles

Asphalt Shingles

Plastic Polymer

Plastic polymer shingles are a synthetic roof material made to resemble either wood shakes or slate. They’re molded from a high-tech plastic polymer and are purported to be very long- lasting.

Plastic Polymer

  • Light Weight
  • Moderately Priced
  • Nice Appearance
  • Durable
  • Fire and Wind resistant
  • Easy Maintenance
  • Somewhat Green