Mobile Home Words You Want To Know: Kool Seal

Mobile Home Words You Want To Know: Kool Seal

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The summer weather is hot! From Miami to Seattle here is a word you should memorize, Kool-Seal. Kool-Seal brand products have been around for the past 90 plus years. Their main product is used for protecting and sealing tin and metal mobile home roofs. The product is called White Elastomeric Roof Coating. This rubber-based white roof coating comes in 5-gallon buckets you can pick up from Lowes Hardware or order directly from the Kool Seal website.  

In fact I so rarely use any other products from the Kool-Seal brand that I refer to process of painting the white elastomeric roof coating a roof top of a mobile home as “kool-sealing a roof”.

A few of the Kool-Seal roof coating benefits:

  1. Lower costs on your buyer’s electric bill: Reflects heat from the sun.
  2. Protect roof from small falling debris: Rubber seals minor dents and pin holes in the roof. 
  3. Reduce the home’s interior heat: Small amount of insulation to keep in hot or cool air of mobile home interior.
  4. Reduce stress on the air conditioning unit by working less: Lower electric bills
  5. Adding curb appeal to the home: The clean white look is noticeable right away. 

Whether you are planning on renting your investment mobile home or selling the home for all cash I highly recommend picking up a 5 gallon bucket of this roof coating and having it applied during the warm months.

  • If the mobile home is vacant instruct your handyman to safely paint and roll the roof coating evenly throughout the entire roof.
  • If the home is already in the process of being sold for monthly payments I would advise you to surprise your tenant-buyers with a free gift. This will help to maintain your investment should you receive the mobile home back in the future. I have given this “free gift” to my tenant-buyers and instruct them to apply the roof coating within 2 weeks or the gift is not free.

Some hints that may be helpful:   

  1. Pressure wash and dry the roof prior to applying the rubber coating.
  2. You may typically only need 1 5-gallon bucket for a single wide mobile home.
  3. You may typically need 2 5-gallon buckets for a double-wide mobile home.  
  4. Apply roof coat every 12 months in areas with heavy sun exposure.  

Love what you do daily,

John Fedro

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Leave A Reply (14 comments so far)

  1. Kim Rhodes
    2 years ago

    Hey J, Kool seal is the shit!! I use it often to help with cooling help and it makes the home look bad ass too. Good idea about the free gift.


    • John Fedro
      2 years ago

      Lol! Thanks for the shoot-out Kim.


  2. Shawna Walters
    10 months ago

    Used this on my mobile home roof to help with the heat during the summer. Applied 2 coats. Did not make any difference in keeping it cooler. Brand new 3 ton a/c unit still running all day. Did stop the leaks but disapointed that it did not help with inside temperature.

    • John Fedro
      10 months ago

      Hi Shawna,

      Mobile homes can get hot during the summertime for sure. I as surprised that you had less than cooling results. When I go into a new investment mobile home cool-sealing the roof is one of the first things I do. Not only does it help with the inside temp (in many cases), it fills minor holes and gaps, and it makes the exterior look more visually appealing to buyers. I hope you like the nice white color.


  3. Rich
    7 months ago

    Several Questions:

    Can you tint Kool Seal to a GREY color ?

    What do you use to tint it ?

    Where can I get Kool Seal in San Antonio Texas ?

    I want to pressure spray and bleach the roof of my doublewide …. is the bleach OK to use ?

    how long will 1 application last for in South Texas ?


    • John Fedro
      7 months ago

      Hi Rich,

      Happy to help! Please see my comments below to your questions.

      Q: Can you tint Kool Seal to a GREY color ?
      A: Yes, they will mix it to match any color simply like paint. Good question.

      Q: What do you use to tint it?
      A: They professionals at Home Depot or Lowes will do it for you.

      Q: Where can I get Kool Seal in San Antonio Texas ?
      A: A little place you may have heard of called Home Depot or Lowes. :)

      Q: I want to pressure spray and bleach the roof of my doublewide …. is the bleach OK to use ?
      A: Bleach is a very good idea. You can add a small amount of bleach to your pressure sprayer. Pressure wash before applying the Kool Seal obviously.

      Q: how long will 1 application last for in South Texas ?
      A: Do this yearly. Or have your new Tenant-buyers (if selling) do this yearly.

      All the best,
      John Fedro

  4. Barry Feeney
    6 months ago

    I was told I could only cover about 450 sq. ft. per 5 gal. drum. I have to cover some 900
    sq. ft. of my single wide mobile home (60 ft. X 15 ft.) You say I can, indeed, spread a 5 gal.
    drum to cover my trailer. (900 sq. ft.). Is this true? I would sure like to hear a “yes”, her, as
    I have been putting it off because of cost. Please reply. Thank You

    Barry Feeney

    • John Fedro
      6 months ago

      Hi Barry,

      Thanks for reaching out to me on this matter. Kool seal or any paint-like material will spread like your are painting an interior wall. Indeed you can paint an entire 60x15ft mobile home roof with a 5 gallon bucket of kool-seal however it will not be as effective as 2 or more buckets. When painting the interior of a home the more paint you use and the more coats the better the look, up to a certain point. Likewise, if there are many pin holes in the roof and/or the roof has not been kool-sealed in a few years then I would use 2 drums for sure.

      Hope this helps. The cost will pay for itself over the year with heat insulation and protection.

      Talk soon,
      John Fedro

  5. Roma Xanual
    4 months ago

    Love the site and great content John! Keep it up. I am now looking into this Mobile home investing business with serious consideration.

    All the best,

    • John Fedro
      4 months ago

      Thank you Roma.

      Do not hesitate to comment on anything further or ask questions along the way.

      Here to help,
      John Fedro

  6. Monique Striffer
    3 months ago

    Heya John,

    Great guide and product. I started using this 2 years ago on my mobile home and it cut my power bill like you said, stops little leaks, and looks good to boot.

    Love the site and what you do for us,

    • John Fedro
      3 months ago

      Hi Monique,

      Thank you for commenting and for your kind words. Right on! I am glad to hear you’re using this and it is working for you. I consider it very very inexpensive preventative maintenance for your roof and your investment. The Cool Seal brand has other products to fill in bigger holes in your roof should you ever need it.

      Talk soon,

  7. carrie
    3 weeks ago

    I live in a triple wide which is 1908 sq ft. I currently have shingles and live in a high wind area which blows the shingles off weekly. My question is how many buckets will I need to complete the whole roof and can I just roll it on top of the shingles? Thank you

    • John Fedro
      3 weeks ago

      Hi Carrie,

      Your home sounds huge. I regret to hear about the singles blowing off so much. You may want to have them nailed down again. You could use 2, possibly 3 5 gallons buckets of cool seal to cover the roof however I would advise against this. Shingles covered by cool seal don’t look good. They look painted and odd. That is my advice though, if you paint some on a small test area of your roof you can tell. Also, this will not solve as a roof covering in place of the missing shingles.

      Hope this helps.

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