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Eaves, Roof Pitches, and Rafters in Mobile Homes

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The eaves and the roof pitches are additions that make mobile homes look similar to conventional stick-built homes. They are also design features that tend to determine mobile home prices in most cases. Eaves are a portion of the roof that overhangs beyond the sidewalls, and such types of overhangs are also known as the soffit sometimes.

By measuring the width of the underside of the soffits, you could tell the width of an overhang in some mobile home styles. The soffits protect the sidewalls and window frames from deterioration and prevent moisture from entering inside. The following are some general facts about eaves, roof pitches, and roof load in a manufactured home.

Wide Eaves can Also be Colorful and Stylish

On a mobile home that is below 1500 square feet, a single foot eave is minimal in style. In the case of larger structures, the 16-inch eaves are overhangs than mere stylish additions. Eaves can be decoupled, be transported and assembled on the site itself depending on the width. The eaves also come in multiples of color, so there would not be any shortage of style either.

Roof Pitches Comes in Different Sizes

The roof pitches are slopes and are measured inch-wise. The 3/12 pitches give a 3-inch vertical slope per 12 feet. To maintain the looks and prevent interiors, you would have to employ at least 4/12 roof pitches in a mobile home. The steeper the roof pitches, the closer it would look to a conventional stick-built home. The 3/12 is a standard size, although upgraded sizes range up to 5/12, especially in hinged roofs.

The Rafters Provide Roof Load

The standard sized rafters of 9 to 13 kilos provide the roof load to a manufactured home. Depending on the weather conditions, you would have to extend the load to up to 40 kilos or less than that. Snowfall is something which homeowners pay heed to during winter season in particular. Some areas get 5 feet snowfall, for instance, whereas other areas are likely to get only 2 feet. Consequently, we can say that it is the weather that determines the roof load.

The rain gutters provide safety in conventional stick-built homes, whereas the eaves, roof pitches, and rafters support manufactured homes. Except for the pueblo-style manufactured home, the eaves are mainly used by contemporary builders.