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What Makes a Clayton Built® Roof?

Learn how manufactured home roofs in Clayton Built® homes are constructed, most often using quality and durable shingles.

In the past, manufactured homes have been known to have metal roofing. However, metal roofing takes specialized training to install and maintain, and it can be more expensive than other roofing systems.

Manufactured home metal roofs are long-lasting, but many homeowners do not prefer the style of metal roofing systems. While available in select home building facilities, many homeowners do not choose metal roofing for their manufactured homes.

We design and construct each home with strength and durability, so let's take a look at what the roof of a Clayton Built® manufactured home consists of and how it's built.

How Manufactured Home Roof Construction Begins

Roof construction of a Clayton Built® manufactured home starts inside a climate controlled home building facility with trained home builders assembling a complex truss system that has been specifically engineered to provide a secure foundation for the rest of the roof. The size of each roof truss depends on the design, roof load and pitch.

Bringing the Roof and Home Together

Once the roof truss system is completed, the manufactured home roof structure is moved over the rest of the home. If the home is a double section or triple section home, this is where structural lumber headers and a laminated ridge beam are used over the openings to join the two sections of the home together.


The truss system is joined to the exterior walls per stringent building requirements and fastened to the interior walls with screws or nails. How the sections are secured together will vary slightly depending on the construction package. Finally, strapping with metal bands is used to connect other components together.

Each of these materials help to maintain the structural integrity of your roof so your home lasts a lifetime.

Finishing the Manufactured Home Roof

After the roof is in place, the truss system and roof cavity are filled with high quality insulation to help you save money on energy costs. Then it's covered with OSB roof decking, a waterproof barrier and your roof covering, which is most commonly fiberglass shingles.

The OSB roof decking is 7/16 of an inch thick unless you live in a heavy snow load area. If so, the decking will vary in thickness to ensure it meets your regional load zone requirements. A few of the quality brand names we use for shingles include CertainTeed and IKO shingles.

As far as your roof ventilation system and how your roof will perform after it has been installed, each of our roofs are designed to meet stringent federal building codes. Each ventilation system is built for a specific amount of intake and exhaust determined by the square footage of the home.

Don't forget to take care of your roof and proactively check it for leaks and other potential damages. This will help you maintain your manufactured or modular home roof so you can enjoy it for a lifetime!

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