Newer manufactured homes might seem like the perfect candidate for easy mobile home skirting installation: they’re fresh, new, and haven’t been sitting in the elements for years. While they shouldn’t be left without house skirting, the installation process isn’t always easy and seamless, however. Even new homes are prone to imperfections, and when mobile home skirting installation comes into play, those imperfections become more obvious.
Here are three tips for installing house skirting on a newer mobile or manufactured home and making it look great.
1. Know that your mobile home probably isn’t squared or level. Mobile and manufactured homes are factory-made. And, although it often depends on the manufacturer, most mobile homes are not perfectly square or perfectly level. Recognizing this and planning for it will let you know what you are facing and allow you to prepare. So, just know that the area of the home you’ll be working with may not be perfectly square or level to the rest of the house or the ground beneath.
The good news is, the manufacturing of mobile homes has come a long way. In the last 30 years or so, advancements in robotics and technology have aided in how well homes are built in the factory. The quality truly is improving: homes are getting squarer and straighter. Not only that, but manufactured homes are still significantly cheaper than stick-built homes, saving homeowners money.
2. Form your skirting material to your house, as it stands. This means acknowledging that homes may have imperfections (tip 1) and working your material around them as best you can. How well the skirting ends up looking on a home is partially dependent upon how well the home was constructed in the factory, but you can do a lot to make those imperfections look better by forming your materials well.
3. Make sure you have the right tools. Depending on the skirting you use, there will be specific tools you need for the installation. However, the tools the manufacturer indicates may not be all you need. Because you will need likely need to make adjustments to your skirting to form it to the imperfections of your house, you will need the tools to properly measure, note imperfections, and cut or form the skirting.
Keeping the above-mentioned tips in mind will be beneficial when working on a mobile home skirting installation project or even a shed skirting project. Sheds can be even more difficult to work with, but with a little patience and attention to detail, you can do it and make it look great.
If you would like more information about house skirting, shed skirting, or how to perform a mobile home skirting installation project, get in touch with DURASKIRT™ at (360)419-9909. We can share more information about our house skirting product and help you with additional tips and installation inquiries. We have experience working with both older and newer manufactured homes and will be most happy to assist you.