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  1. I have cinder block skirts. Recently a few sections have cracked and one big section has fallen under my home.
    I have done temporary repairs until I can get someone to look at it.
    I am interested to know how/why this is happening.

  2. I had the winterized skirting put on my mobile home this summer. The skirting that was on it before was damaged but I could easily remove a panel here and there to get under the mobile home. I am hoping that this will prevent freezing of my pipes because last winter I had several. My question is if my pipes should freeze even with this winterize skirting how do I get under the mobile home so they can be repaired I can’t figure out how to take off the skirting. Please advise thank you

    1. Hi Tina,

      I’m not sure what type of skirting you have so I can’t be very helpful. However, all skirting should have an access door and vents that open and close (open for summer, closed for winter). If your skirting doesn’t have vents you must get some (otherwise you home wont have any air circulation under it and mold and mildew loves dark damp places with no air circulation). The formula is 1 square foot of vent per every 150 square foot of floor space.
      Also, an access door is needed for quick repairs. Otherwise repairmen will damage the expensive skirting to get under the home and it may not be easy to fix.

      Best of luck!

  3. I bought an older double-wide that was pit set and back-filled. The skirting was not supported correctly and my landscaping is now sliding under my home. What is the most economical way to rectify this situation?

    1. Hi Vicki,

      I’d say just digging yourself out and then building a stronger frame behind the skirting would work. You could use pressure-treated 2x4s or go with the more expensive metal studs they use for framing now. If you could cement that frame into the ground a bit it would probably hold for many years. I wouldn’t attach the skirting to the home for strength so there’s no chance of damage, I’d put all the strength from the ground up.

      Best of luck!

  4. Hi,
    Great article! In my area (Ontario, Canada) I’ve seen a few trailers framed with wood, insulation placed in-between the wood, and then some sort of cover (like the ones you mentioned above) placed over top. I would rather use some sort of metal framing rather than wood as it would rot etc. What would the metal pieces be called? What kind of metal would be used to make the frame?

    Thanks for your help!

    1. Hi Natasha! Metal is the better choice for skirting, especially if you need a bottom track. I’ve seen them pieces you’re referring to as skirt tracking, metal trim, or just metal framing. Many skirting manufacturers have their own framing and trim kits so you may be able to just buy a trim kit from a skirting company and then just create your own panels. Best of luck!

  5. Your publication is very useful,interesting and helpful, especially to a first time manufactured home buyer. Thank You for this valuable resource.

  6. One thing your article does not explain is that there is a standard (through HUD) regarding ventilation of a Manufactured Home! Regardless whether it’s vinyl, wood, brick or foam core insulation, it must be vented properly.

    § 3285.505 Crawlspace ventilation.
    (a) A crawlspace with skirting must be provided with ventilation openings. The minimum net area of ventilation openings must not be less than one square foot (ft.2) for every 150 square feet (ft.2) of the home’s floor area. The total area of ventilation openings may be reduced to one square foot (ft.2) for every 1,500 square feet (ft.2) of the home’s floor area, where a uniform 6–mil polyethylene sheet material or other acceptable vapor retarder is installed, according to § 3285.204, on the ground surface beneath the entire floor area of the home. (b) Ventilation openings must be placed as high as practicable above the ground. (c) Ventilation openings must be located on at least two opposite sides to provide cross-ventilation. (d) Ventilation openings must be covered for their full height and width with a perforated corrosion and weather-resistant covering that is designed to prevent the entry of rodents. In areas subject to freezing, the coverings for the ventilation openings must also be of the adjustable type, permitting them to be in the open or closed position, depending on the climatic conditions. (e) Access opening(s) not less than 18 inches in width and 24 inches in height and not less than three square feet (ft.2) in area must be provided and must be located so that any utility connections located under the home are accessible. (f) Dryer vents and combustion air inlets must pass through the skirting to the outside. Any surface water runoff from the furnace, air conditioning, or water heater drains must be directed away from under the home or collected by other methods identified in § 3285.203.

    1. Hi Billy,

      You are absolutely right. We do go over the formula in the article titled 6 Mobile Home Maintenance Tips Every Owner Should Know but it really does need to be linked to more clearly and quoted to ensure that owners understand the dead air pockets in the corner and the ratio. Thanks for catching that!

    2. BILLY BO BOB;

      With no ill will or impoliteness intended Bob, the article DOES have a unique section and mention of ventilation, and the exact same formula for figuring how much venting per sq foot of floor space that is needed. recheck the article, there under:
      Mobile Home Skirting Tips and Expert Advice
      Tip #1: Venting is Vital for a Healthy Mobile Home

      and just underneath that is the formula for one foot per etc….

      Good to note but he was on top of things.

  7. This is my first time dealing with underpinning a mobile home, Can you use corrugated roofing for underpinning skirting? how do you frame to do that?

    1. Hi Tom,

      You can use just about anything as long as it is framed well. In WV, we use old metal a lot for underpinning. The majority of the time, the frame was made of 1×1″ or 1×2″ with a vertical stud at every seam. I don’t recall how they handled the ground connection though I would say if the material is sturdy enough you wouldn’t need much.

      Best of luck! I would love to see some pics of your process – it may help other homeowners to share your project. Thanks!

  8. Hi I am looking put skirting on the bottom of my new modular home I have come up with a design to use 8 1/4″ Hardy plank siding in the vertical position 32″ high with 2″ bat ripped from hardy plank to cover the space between each board. I plan on making 2x4x8′ treated panels with a 2×4 flat with a piece of 1/2″ treated plywood on each corner 1″ square and a 2×4 running diagonal from the top corner to he bottom corner for bracing. I plan to caulk and paint each panel as I put them down. Do you think this will work? Also what kind of nails should I use I have a framing nailer that can go up to a 3″ nail.

    1. Hi Harry,

      It sounds like it will be a wonderful design! I would use screws on the top bracing, and on the bottom, you may want to look into a metal channel so you can have a little less give between the vertical braces. I’d maybe seal the panels on the bottom just as an extra layer of protection from rot and ants.

      I’d love to see photos! Best of luck!

  9. The top front piece of vinyl trim is not there merely for appearances. It’s there to hold the top of the skirting in place. Too many people think they’re supposed to screw their skirting to their homes before snapping on the top piece. No, no, no! Your skirting will buckle if you do that. Instead, allow the skirting to “float” between the front and back pieces.

    Visit any mobile home park, and you’ll likely see lots of buckled vinyl skirting. Unfortunately, too many contractors are low-paid individuals with minimal training. They don’t know how to install skirting correctly. So do yourself a favor, and hire a contractor who actually knows what s/he’s doing!

    1. Good point on the contractors. So where would you recommend I find labor to install the skirting that I am considering buying from you? I am in New River, about 30 N of Phoenix.

      1. Hi Trig,

        We don’t sell anything, we just share a few places that we find online and appear to treat customers well. We are an affiliate of a mobile home supply store (but I’ve never even spoken to them personally, I just ordered a book from them and it was shipped fast and in good condition, so that’s really all the association I have with them).

        I would call your local mobile home supply store and see what their prices are before you order. Shopping online can be cheaper but in most cases, the shipping charge will get you. Plus, returns and damages can be huge issues when buying online). If you don’t buy from your local retailer you can usually get a recommendation of installers.

        Best of luck!

  10. I’ve been advised to consider replacing a few panels of our vinyl skirting with translucent panels to make the crawlspace less attractive to dark-loving pests like packrats and squirrels. I’ve been unable to locate a source. Do you know of one?

    1. Hi Henry,

      I do not but that sounds like a decent idea. I’d be worried about the R-Value in areas with rough winters – the sunshine would help a lot but the thermal loss would likely neutralize it. I know you can go to Lowe’s and have the clear acrylic sheets cut to any size. You can use a sander to make it less translucent.

      Best of luck! let me know how it goes!

  11. We are refinancing our home with a FHA loan. We are going to replace our vinyl skirting with hardie board. Do you know how we should install it to meet FHA guidelines?

    1. Hi Alana,

      I found this: If the perimeter enclosure is non-load-bearing skirting comprised of lightweight material, the entire surface area of the skirting must be permanently attached to backing made of concrete, masonry, treated wood or a product with similar strength and durability.

      The link below will take you to the HUD’s Housing Handbooks page. You’ll want to download the 4000.1 books for FHA Single Family Housing Policy Handbook (there are two). https://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/program_offices/administration/hudclips/handbooks/hsgh

      Best of luck!

  12. I was on a site recently and forgot to save it. It was a company that sold complete skirting kits for mobile homes. It included everything. Would you know of this site. I have searched and searched and cannot find it.

    1. Hi, Dee!

      Try Mobile Home Part’s Store at http://mobilehomepartsstore.com/category/SKP.html

      And here’s a 10% off coupon code I received in my email the other day: Coupon Code: MHM2310
      (Disclosure: I am an affiliate for them but I don’t know how to create a link so this is not an affiliate link).

      They have a lot of good information on skirting but I haven’t had a chance to compare prices recently. They usually have the best prices but the shipping can get expensive on some items.

      Hope that helps!

  13. Hi. I live in a cold weather state and have problems with ground freeze that pushes up my skirting so much that it bends or pops out. Is there a different Front Cap Trim for Skirting wider than 4 inches that would allow the skirting to rise and fall. I have trimmed the panels as short that I can but they still bow very badly in extreme cold. I plan on replacing all my skirting this summer and would like to eliminate this problem every winter. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you.
    Tim

    1. Hi Tim,

      This is typical for areas with freezing weather, that’s why we only fasten the skirting panels to the tracking on the ground and not to the top trim. The panels are to stay loose on the top so it can move when the ground freezes and thaws. That trim piece on the top of the skirting (bottom of the home) is supposed to hold the panels in securely while still allowing the contraction in the cold and each panel should overlap the next by 2″ . The following PDF is the most informative skirting information I have came across online: http://www.jfw-melas.net/downloads/skirt-20.pdf

      Hope that helps! Best of luck!

  14. Is it illegal for a mobil home park to force a tenant to take out the skirting if the mobil home belongs to the tenant and the tenant want to sell?

  15. How would you protect or anchor down your decorative skirting during a hurricane? We live on the coast and hurricanes are not unusual. I just wanted to see if anyone knows of how it could be done. Also does anyone know of plans for shutters that can be closed during a storm?

    1. Hi Karen,

      Typically, you would use a frame built from 2×2’s or 2×4’s (or even metal) to attach skirting to the home. Wood is usually cheaper and easier to work with. Creating a frame for your skirting is the same concept as building a wall, you create a frame to attach the Sheetrock and create structural strength. Some skirting, like vinyl, is bought as a complete system with their own framing but it doesn’t hurt to reinforce it, especially in high wind areas. Here’s a few images that may help: http://www.dmaskirting.com/index_files/metalmobilehomeskirtinginstallationinstructions.htm

      Unfortunately, even the best frame wouldn’t be able to withstand a strong hurricane.

      There are a couple of different options available for hurricane window protection. There’s rolling shutters, colonial, panels, accordion, sliding, and the propped up Bahama shutters. There’s even a new fabric. Google hurricane shutters or storm shutters and you’ll find all the options. Here’s an article I found that may help: http://www.sun-sentinel.com/local/broward/sfl-hc-shutterguide-htmlstory.html

      Here’s our mobile home skirting guide: https://mobilehomeliving.org/mobile-home-skirting/

      Best of luck!

  16. HELLO MY NAME IS BEN AND I WOOD LIKE TO FIND OUT
    WHO SALES THE STAMPED METAL SHEETS THAT LOOK LIKE
    ROCK OR CINDER BLOCKS, I NEED SOME THING LESS
    EXSPENSIVE I HAVE FIVE OF THESE 16 BY 80 I NEED TO SKIRT

    1. Hi Ben!

      We skirted our home in tin that we bought from Lowe’s. They had the sheets stamped like brick but we went with the flat design. You may be able to get a better deal at a locally-owned mobile home supplier. Try Google searching your town with the words ‘buy tin sheets’ (or sheet metal if that’s what you prefer – tin should be a lot cheaper though).

      Thanks so much!

  17. Very nice site. I have a couple rentals looking at hardy Plank for skirting been told can”t go on ground — any ideas for barrier between ground and bottom of plank. I was thinking some plastic on the ground and landscape timbers on the plastic. Figure worse case the timbers can be replaced fairly cheaply if need be. Any thoughts from you or your readers,

  18. Please let me know where I can find the rigid foam skirting. I live in Lugoff, S.C. and have contacted several local businesses with no luck.

    Thanks so much.

    Akili

  19. Do you have any photos of the rail ties skirting? I’m assuming that the tie would be sliced into 2-3 length pieces. How do the corners work?

    1. Hi Sharon! I don’t have any photos of ties being used specifically for skirting but here are a few links that show them used in building. It would be a very labor intensive project but if you had the manpower to move them easily it would look great!

      Here’s railroad ties being used as a wall structure: http://www.motherearthnews.com/homesteading-and-livestock/building-with-railroad-ties-zmaz71mazsea.aspx
      A home built of railroad ties: http://www.geocaching.com/geocache/GC3A1V7_av-historical-poi-railroad-tie-house
      The cutest cabin ever with railroad ties path: http://customslipcoversbyshelley.blogspot.com/p/our-cabin.html

      Good luck!

  20. Hi Alicia!

    I’ll look into brick skirting and get an article written on it as quickly as possible. I’ve never dealt with brick so I’ll need to ask around for some good tips. I’ll get back to you as quickly as possible. Thanks!

  21. I am looking into remodeling my mobile home. I want to add on to the front and give it a house look. I also want to include brick columns on the porch. Want information on how to do brick skirting also. I want a total remodel basically.