Insulated skirting can be one of the best additions to your home. People who have struggled with frozen pipes year after year have stopped struggling after they installed insulated skirting. There are a few different types of skirting on the market but they all behave the same way and these principles are universal.
Ventilation: Your home needs adequate ventilation during the warmer months so the underside can breathe. This is the only time of the year, when it is above 50 degress fahrenheit, that you need ventilation. Automatic vents that open and close are the best maintenance free option. The minimum required ventilation for a home that does not have a ground cover is not less than 1 square foot of vent per 150 square feet of floor space. If you have a ground cover, 6 mil poly plastic, you can reduce the requirement to 1 square foot to 1500 square feet of floor space. Please note: installation of the ground cover needs to be installed to a local building code and should be done properly.
Insulating Strength - Whatever material you choose to use, make sure that the R Value meets at least a value of 8. You also want to make sure the outer material is weather resistant. A pre-made insulated skirting product is usually the best bet. It will be the most cost effective way to complete the product.
Thermal Envelope - When installing an insulated product you need to make sure that the material goes all the way around the home. If you have a porch, deck, or addition attached to the house, make certain you install adequate material behind the structures to maintain a thermal envelope. You are capturing the warmth of the ground which is a constant 53 degrees all year round, and with out a complete installation, you will not capture it. If you stopped short of a porch, the warmth would escape to the outside. This is why your pipes will not freeze with a properly installed system.
Durability - Insulated systems are typically 2 inches thick and are very strong. You will not suffer from wind blow outs like you may have encountered with non-insulated systems. Keeping critters out from under your home is also an important goal. The strength and durability of an insulated system will keep them out.
When done properly, mobile home insulated skirting will end your frozen pipe woes, cut down on utility bills, and offer a much longer lasting skirting compared to non-insulated systems.
Owning a mobile home has many advantages in that they are low-cost, flexible and stress-free when it comes to having to pay mortgages or rent. Maintaining your mobile home, however, is an essential part of being a responsible owner. Carrying out regular work on your home and keeping up with the following jobs will ensure you keep your home in top shape:
Firstly, make sure your home is leveled as you will experience a multitude of problems if it is not set right. If you have cracks in your ceiling or walls or you can hear the floor creak when you walks then you are lily to need to address an unleveled home.
The skirting on your mobile home will need to be checked to ensure that there is adequate ventilation so you need to check on it regularly. If you see any dents, holes or cracks you need to fix straight away and if it looks severely damaged you will need to invest in new mobile home skirting. Poor skirting can also lead to vermin which can really do a lot of damage to your home.
Regular cleaning of both the interior and the exterior of your mobile home will keep it in overall good condition.