Putting a new roof on an older mobile home

Q: I have an old mobile home that I would like to put a new roof on. I don’t want it to hold the weight of the roof, but am thinking more along the lines of a carport type roof over it.

A: What a great idea!  Putting a new roof on an older mobile home is a great way to prevent or stop any leaks, enhance the look of the unit and make it easier to cool and heat.  We have done many such projects and each one has presented its own little challenges.  It all depends on how tall you want to go with the new roof and what is allowed in your area but pre-engineered trusses are a very cost effective way to achieve this.

Depending on the age of the “mobile home” (accent on the mobile part), it was made to be light and mobile so everything is just adequate to support its own weight and that’s it.  The roof joists are tiny and smaller yet are the wall studs.  They will normally not be able to support any additional roof loads.  What we usually do is run some posts about every 10 feet and some beams on top of those, placed just outside your existing walls.  This way the roof is free standing and does not add any load to the mobile home walls.

With the new trusses in place, you may wish to install some form of insulation in the newly created attic space.  It doesn’t take much to get rid of the roof noise, keep things cool in the summer and toasty warm in the winter.  Put a nice shingle roof on with some gutters and suddenly you have a carefree roof system.

You can contact one of our sales representatives at 1-800-667-3511 and they would be happy to provide you with a competitive quotation.  They will discuss your current needs and possibly offer some great ideas too!


  1. Hello,

    My husband and I just bought some land with an old mobile home that is 7 feet high inside. We want to gut it out, but first put a metal roof, but most importantly, add another foot or 2 to the inside of the house as my husband is a tall man. How can we do this smart?

    • The Wizard says:

      There are several ways to go about doing this, your best resource will be contacting your local building department to discuss your options and which route is the right solution for you. Thanks!

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