If your looking to purchase a mobile home or already own a mobile manufactured home, you are probably familar with the term underpinning. Underpinning Mobile Home is better known as skirting in some areas. It is best to decide what underpinning to use for your manufactured home based on the area that you live in and weather conditions. Underpinning not only offers your manufactured home a beautiful complete look when it comes to curb appeal, it has many other advantages.
Underpinning Mobile Home
A great quality of underpinning is the fact that it can help to insulate your home from outside weather conditions. Whether it be snow, ice, rain, wind or sleet it will help protect your mobile home.
Even though the underneath of your mobile home is insulated protecting it from the outside elements is a must. There is no better way to protect your home than with underpinning. Yes, underpinning may cost you but in the long run there are so many benefits.
Without underpinning wind, snow and ice can get under your mobile home. This can make your mobile home floor extremely cold. Worse yet you can easily end up with frozen mobile home pipes. Frozen pipes can cause a lot of damage to your mobile home that can be very expensive. Protecting the underneath of your mobile home can be just as important as protecting the roof of your home.
Underpinning is important to the life of your manufactured home and you want to be sure to pick the option that works best for you.
Underpinning and premature rust
The underneath of mobile manufactured homes are made of wood and metal. Metal after setting 2 to 3 feet from the ground starts to rust. This rust over the years can wear down the metal beams that are necessary to keep your mobile home in tip top shape.
By protecting your mobile home with underpinning you can keep the moisture out and keep this space dry.
A vapor laid on the ground will help to keep this area dry as well. Vapor barrier is very important to a mobile homes underbelly. Many homeowners assume that this barrier is the insulation that is hooked under the home itself. Vapor barrier is a sheet of plastic that lays on the ground that helps to keep moisture down. Once you have vapor barrier in place make sure that your underpinning is sealed from any cracks to help keep this area dry. For more information on this visit our article Crawl Space Vapor Barrier.
Underpinning Mobile Home: Vents
Vents are important for your underpinning. You want to make sure fresh air can continue to filter under your manufactured home. Mold likes to grow in damp dark areas and having vents will help you keep this area cool and dry.
It is recommended that you have approximately 1 foot of venting every 125 feet of skirting.
Underpinning Access Doors
No matter the type of underpinning that you choose to use for your mobile home. You should consider adding access panels to easily get under your mobile home. Access panels are easy to add and they add quick access under your home in the event of a broken pipe or some other type of emergency.
Access panels in your underpinning are typically a DIY project. It really depends on where you want to add the panels, how many panels you want and how big of an access panel you will need.
These panels are typically used on metal, wood and insulated rock underpinning. These types of underpinning are the most difficult to remove once installed. That is a benefit to vinyl underpinning is that you can bend it easily and move it out of the way.
Underpinning Mobile Home: Rodents
There are so many different type of rodents and animals that like to get under mobile homes. Especially during cold months animals dry to find places to stay warm and get out of the weather. With the slightest gap in your underpinning you could be letting in uninvited guests. These rodents can easily pull down the insulation and make a big mess under your mobile home. If you get mice and your mobile home, you would be surprised the mess they can make. Snakes, mice and red squirrels.
Underpinning offers no support to the walls of the mobile manufactured home. It is simply there to keep things out from under your home and to offer character to your home.
Wall support for your manufactured home will come from the piers that are underneath your mobile home. These piers hold the metal beams that run the length of your manufactured home. If you start to notice stress cracks in your ceiling in your mobile home, it could just be because the home is settling.