What Is The Best Way To Prepare A Site for DURASKIRT™?
Frequently we’re asked by contractors what is the best way to prepare a site for DURASKIRT™. Ideally the home should be setup level on a gravel pad that extends outside the homes’ perimeter by a couple inches.
Gravel Pad & Access
Moreover, the home pad should be excavated allowing 18” to 24” around the perimeter to allow for workers. One more thing to consider is accessibility. Since the panels weigh approximately 68 lbs. it makes it easier to have a clean level access from the crates to the home.
Excavating for Blocking Height
There is much to consider when preparing a gravel pad. In fact, there are three main considerations before cutting for the pad. One consideration is the soil and its ability to support the home. The soil needs to be dug to native supportive soil and free of vegetation.
Once the site is excavated the manufactured homes waste lines need to be measured so that they have plenty of fall towards the city sewers or septic tank. This can be obtained from the factory prior to shipment. The factory will supply an exact location on the plan and a dimension from floor or beam height.
Now that the sewer height is established and necessary fall you can adjust the level with bringing in gravel. The finished height from gravel to the bottom of the homes’ joists should be 31”. This provides the optimum height for DURASKIRT™ panels so that there will be no need to cut panels to height.
A Word on Factory Installed Bellie-Band
Factory installed bellie-band that leaves a 2” distance from the bottom of the rim joist to the bottom of the bellie-band is optimal. Some of the brands that do this are Marlette and Fleetwood. This saves time and material installing DURASKIRT™.
Although these are the optimal conditions for DURASKIRT™ they certainly do not stop us from adjusting all sites. We’ve installed DURASKIRT™ on slopes and extreme height variations where we extend framework under the home. This style is called a stepped foundation look and we will be covering this on another article with photos.