Skirting is a basic necessity for all mobile homes. It not only hides the structural elements but also adds an important barrier that keeps pipes from freezing, protects the home from wild animals and helps also retain heat in winter. In addition to giving the home a finished look, skirting can also help maintain an average temperature beneath the home. Typically, preventing the hot summer sun, cold winds and extreme temperatures from building under the mobile home can significantly reduce your overall cooling and heating costs. A mobile home should always have skirting and as a matter of fact, in some states it is a legal requirement to have one. With so many mobile home insulated skirting options readily available in the market, here are certain factors one has to take into consideration.
Regardless of the type of skirting you choose, the first thing you need to do is to calculate the amount of skirting you need for your home. You need to calculate the linear footage of your home by adding together the width and lengths of all the four sides of the structure and make sure you also include the visual options or any additions or porches. The end amount in feet is what you need to purchase of the footing, channeling and boarding for the skirting to attach to. To calculate how much material you will need to cover from the ground to the home, you should figure out the average height between the ground and the bottom of your home. Simply go to each corner of the home and measure from the ground approximately two inches above the bottom of the skirting.
After measuring the four corners, move to the middle of the length of the home and measure, do this on both the back and front of the home. Add all these six measurements (4 from the sides and the two from the middle) and then divide by six to get the average height in inches. With these measurements of average height and linear footage, you can now figure out the overall cost of the siding.
There are different types of skirting materials available in the market. These include vinyl, reil rock skirting, Faux Rock or Brick Panels, Metal Skirting, Brick or Cinder block, Plywood Skirting, Foam skirting and metal skirting as well. Vinyl skirting is by far the most popular. This is mainly due to several reasons, first, it is easy to install, very attractive and not very expensive. There are usually four basic pieces that one needs when dealing with vinyl. These are the panel itself which is typically sold in twelve foot lengths, the ground track, the top back and the top front piece. The main disadvantage of vinyl though is that it doesn’t do so well with weed eaters and high winds and storms can also breach it.
Reil rocks are also quite popular. They are made of plastic even though they have the look of stone. They are usually sold in five (5) foot sections with three different height options, the 4, 3 and 2’6 inches. They are also very easy to install. The brick panels are made of polyurethane and are sold in standard sizes of 46.25 by 24 by 1.25 Inches panels. They usually look like real stone and are also very easy to install. For those who want absolute permanence then the brick and cinder block is the most ideal. Installation is difficult and time consuming but it is worth the time due to its overall durability.
Mobile Home Insulated Skirting – Recommendations
Here are some of the most popular mobile home insulated skirting readily available in the market.
1) Product Name: Vinyl Skirting Package (32 by 80)
Price: $ 828.00
Details: the package does include sixteen pieces of regular top front, four pieces of notched top fronts, twenty pieces of top back, twenty pieces of ground track, one hundred spikes and two hundred hex head screws. It is also available in a wide variety of color options such as white, cameo, sand, clay and gray.
2) Product Name: Vinyl Skirting Panels
Price: $ 11.99
Details: this long lasting all weather skirting is easy to install, affordable and is resistant to damage. These twelve feet (actually 11’ 8”) panels are by far one of the most popular vinyls skirting in the market.
3) Product Name: Brown –K-Rok Skirting panel
Price: $ 31.99
Details; made of heavy milled plastic, this panel does offer a very beautiful alternative to vinyl skirting. It is durable and able to withstand heat and cold without getting brittle and can withstand rocks thrown by lawnmowers and weed eaters.