Why Skirting Your Mobile Home Is Important
In a nutshell, skirting is the installation of siding around the area beneath the floor. Not only it provides structural support, but it also prevents children and critters safely away from the mobile home’s “underbelly.”
Additionally, skirting prevents pipes from freezing and bursting and helps your mobile home retain heat in the winter.
And lastly, skirting your mobile home gives it a finished look by hiding the structural elements, pipes, ductwork, and other parts of its underbelly.
Take note that the cost of skirting varies depending on the size of your home and the materials used for the sidings. But on average, a standard single-wide skirting starts at $500.
Different Types of Skirting
The ideal materials used for skirting depend on several factors, such as the weather in your region and the local general zoning laws. Skirting requirements also vary depending on your mobile home community and even the type of loan you used to finance your property.
Read on the different types of skirting often used in mobile homes.
This is the most common material used for mobile home skirting for two main reasons: it is affordable and easy to install, making this the favorite of DIYers and homeowners who are on a tight budget. However, the caveat is that it has a shorter lifespan and is not as durable compared to other materials.
Vinyl skirting becomes brittle and warps in extreme temperatures. Furthermore, they are easily damaged by sharp garden/lawn tools and wildlife animals determined to find shelter.
While metal is a less common skirting material, it is more durable than vinyl because it is more resistant to contact damage by lawn care activity and extreme weather conditions. However, this is only true if it comes with special paint that protects it from corrosion and water damage.
Meanwhile, some homeowners paint their metal skirting to give it a brick or stone look to match their facade.
Hardie Board Skirting
Just like vinyl, hardie board is also a popular material for mobile home skirting. Plus, it provides more benefits such as better insulation, more resistance to extreme temperatures (it does not easily warp), longer lifespan, and less maintenance.
Additionally, this material is more aesthetically pleasing than vinyl, although it has a higher upfront cost.
Simulated Rock Skirting
This type of skirting is made of a resilient plastic panel that simulates the appearance of stones like sandstone and granite. Meanwhile, one of its main selling points is the easy installation, which leads to lower labor costs.
Compared to vinyl, simulated rock skirting costs more, although the advantage is that it can last longer.
Concrete and Block Skirting
While it is one of the most expensive materials used for skirting, at least it provides better insulation, security, and resilience to elements.
Concrete and block skirting provides superior strength, almost the same as a poured foundation. But the caveat is that it requires labor-intensive installation, which can further drive up its cost.
In general, builders that specialize in a specific skirting material charge lower than most general carpenters. A good rule of thumb is to compare at least two contractors and see which one offers the best deal (and not a “cheap” deal that often comes with subpar services).
Another tip to lower the skirting cost is to buy every material at once. Remember, most bricks, panels, and vinyl are sold in bundles, so it’s ideal to purchase an additional 10% to account for possible damages and mistakes during construction.