Mobile Home Skirting Guide: How to Choose
February 2nd, 2021
Your manufactured home has been delivered, set up, and connected to all the utilities. Now it's time to choose the skirting which hides the structural elements that remain visible after the house was set up.
Unfortunately, many homeowners are not aware of the important role of mobile home skirting and tend to base their decision on esthetics alone. The skirting you put on your home will not only increase its curb appeal but will also ensure that your home is properly ventilated and insulated – and it will help keep critters at bay.
Here’s what you should consider when choosing a skirting for your mobile home.
Vinyl skirting is a popular option since it is both cost-effective and easy to install. It's also resistant to mildew and mold and relatively easy to repair. However, while vinyl is affordable and comes in a wide variety of designs, its weather resistance isn't outstanding and it can become brittle over time, due to fluctuations in temperature.
Also known as stucco skirting, concrete skirting panels are an excellent option due to their resistance to rot, mold and pests. Concrete skirting also provides great ventilation, ensuring that you won't get moisture buildup under your mobile house. Although concrete skirting is a more expensive than vinyl and more difficult to install, its sturdiness, reliability and insulation protection are worth the investment.
If you opt for brick skirting, it doesn't mean that your mobile house has a permanent foundation now. However, this option can boost the curb appeal of your home and make it look more like a traditionally built house. Moreover, due to the durability of brick skirting materials, it's likely to last for many years without requiring changes or repairs.
Galvanized Metal Skirting
Galvanized metal panels used to be a popular mobile home skirting option. While not as common today, some homeowners are opting for this material. Galvanized metal skirting is durable, cost-efficient and can add an interesting look to your house. However, this material does not have outstanding weather resistance and may start to look worn in future years if not properly maintained.
Should I Install the Skirting Myself?
It may be tempting to try to install the skirting by yourself, since many manufacturers offer mobile home underpinning kits. However, keep in mind that this may be a difficult project that requires a lot of work and knowledge to look good and be properly installed.
Also, be aware of the legal requirements and regulations that may go with installation of mobile home skirting. If you don't get all the permits needed, you may lose your home warranty or insurance.
The livability of your home can also be affected by improper skirting installation. As mentioned earlier, skirting plays a crucial role in ensuring that your mobile house is properly insulated, ventilated and protected from animals and pests.
For all these reasons, it is highly recommend that you work with experts when choosing installing the appropriate skirting for your mobile home.
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