How Can I Vent a Mobile Home Roof?


Vents play an important role in the circulation of air in mobile homes. Mobile homes are designed with sufficient ventilation for a given amount of space in mind. Roof vents help in cross ventilation and air circulation inside these homes.

Things You'll Need

  • Metal clips/snips
  • Hammer and nails
  • Staple gun
  • Ladder
  • Tar paper
  • Glue
  • Hoe or shovel
  • Vent (turbines or hood vent)
  • Take a ladder and climb on the roof of the mobile home to remove some of the roof top shingles. Remove the material carefully with the help of a hoe or a shovel. Take care not to scratch or damage the roof.

  • Remove all the loose nails and materials so there is ample place for a vent. Vents can be either turbine or hood vents. Mark the size of the vent from 1 inch to 8 inches in diameter for a size best suited for your mobile home. Cut out the marked area to make a hole for a hood vent. Also cut shingles of the size of the hood vent. For a turbine, the vent base should be used as a pattern.

  • Attach tar paper. Tar paper is durable and, because of its water resistance, is commonly used in construction. Spread the paper on the roof top to prevent water leakage through the top. Use a staple gun to fix and attach the tar paper on the roof. Staple the corners and edges of the tar paper so there is no danger of leakage.

  • Nail the vent base over the hole. Look for the correct hole and twist the base ring. Slide the turbine into the base. Fasten the slots of the turbine. Place a nail strip over the tar paper and nail the roof shingles on it.

  • Nail the vent with the roof shingles. Stuff and glue foam around the vent to fill out the vacuum space around it. This will help enhance insulation and prevent air leaks.

Tips & Warnings

  • Put old and loose roofing material and shingles in a waste collection unit so they can be recycled or reused when required.
  • Use high-quality tar paper.
  • Make sure the ladder you use is secure.
  • Beware of loose material.
  • Work on the roof in dry weather.

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