How Do You Skirt A Manufactured Home on A Sloped Lot?
If you have a sloped lot for your mobile home, you may know that mobile home skirting installation on sloped lots can be a challenge. For almost 20 years we have been skirting manufactured homes across the United States. Sometimes, though, it can be a thought-provoking experience.
Being the manufacturer of DURASKIRT™, we are sometimes asked the question, “How high do your mobile home skirting panels reach?” Our answer is always, “as high as you need.” The reason we say that is because we have ways to accomplish almost any height.
Use DURASKIRT™ For Breaking Through the Ground
There has always been a demand for mobile home skirting to look like an extension of the home. This, however, is a problem for wood skirting as wood shouldn’t be in contact with the soil. This is not a problem for DURASKIRT™, since it is made for ground burial. A hybrid solution can also also solve the issue of a sloped lot.
By using both DURASKIRT™ and wood, you can achieve the site-built appearance for manufactured homes that are on sloped lots. Just imagine, no more rotting skirting and tremendous rodent prevention. We recommend at least a 6” distance between wood and the dirt. So, plan your siding step-downs accordingly.
How to Frame Step-Downs on Sloped Lots
Using standard framing materials and siding to match, extend siding to form step-downs that conform to the slope. Remember to add paper under the siding to prevent moisture from entering the crawlspace. After the framing is installed under the homes’ exterior rim-joist brace it back to the I-beams. See Photo.
Things to Keep in Mind
Framing lines up with house above.
Siding matches brand and style.
Showing the siding and framing stepping down. Ready to install DURASKIRT™ concrete panels below.
Lap siding reveals are same as home.
Framing is braced adequately to support back-filling DURASKIRT™.
Wood is no closer that 6” away from dirt.
Use hot-dipped galvanized nails into siding.
Once all the framing is braced, papered and sided it’s time for the mobile home skirting installation by adding DURASKIRT™. We recommend digging DURASKIRT™ into the soil a minimum of 6” and back-filling with a coarse rock. This helps to prevent rodents from digging under the mobile home skirting.
Finally, your home will look like a site-built home. Your friends and neighbors will be surprised to know it is in fact a manufactured home. Furthermore, if you haven’t begun your search for new mobile homes you may want to read our article “Finding The Best Mobile Home Brands.“
What Is The Best Way To Prepare A Site for DURASKIRT™?
The reason for choosing a product such as DURASKIRT™ is when you want your manufactured home pit set. Thus, we’re frequently we’re asked by contractors what is the best way to prepare a site for DURASKIRT™ mobile home skirting. Ideally, for mobile home skirting installation, the home should be set up level on a gravel pad that extends outside the homes’ perimeter by a couple of inches.
Gravel Pad & Access
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 clean, level access from the crates to the home.
Excavating for Blocking Height
There are a few things 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 into native supportive soil and free of vegetation.
Next, 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.
Lastly, now that the sewer height is established with the necessary fall, you can adjust the level by bringing in gravel. The finished height from gravel to the bottom of the home’s joists should be 31”. This provides the optimum height for DURASKIRT™ mobile home skirting panels so that there will be no need to cut panels to height.
A Word on Factory Installed Belly Band
Factory-installed belly band that leaves a 2” distance from the bottom of the rim joist to the bottom of the belly band is optimal. Some of the brands that do this are Marlette and Fleetwood. This saves time and material when installing DURASKIRT™.
Although these are the optimal conditions for DURASKIRT™, they certainly do not stop us from being able to prepare all sites. We’ve installed DURASKIRT™ on slopes and extreme height variations where we extend the framework under the home. This style is called a stepped foundation look and we will be covering this in another article with photos.
Manufactured Home Skirting Kits, Follow These Do’s and Don’ts When Purchasing!
If you own a manufactured home, you’re likely required by local law to put skirting on it. However, before you simply reach for the first mobile home skirting kits you can find, take advantage of these dos and don’ts. They’ll help you make a good choice and give you more bang for your buck!
— DO pay close attention to how it’s made
All manufactured home skirting kits are not created equal. Some are made with vinyl while others are made with aluminum or concrete. There are brands that have special vents to even out airflow. While others have a finish that’s designed to look like stacked stones. Still, more boast of being the best cold weather skirting product.
Bottom line — there’s a variety of options out there, so do some homework! For example, learn about the durability of different materials (concrete skirting, vinyl, and aluminum) and additional expenses which may come up over time if the skirting material doesn’t hold up (rodent infestations, etc.) We think you’ll find concrete skirting is more effective and durable than vinyl or aluminum and will save you money in the end. Also, understand how air circulates inside your crawl space, and thus, why a special vent would be important. The more informed you are, the better-finished product you can purchase!
— DO buy your manufactured home skirting kits from a company that’s happy to help!
Some manufactured home skirting kit manufacturers only care about making money. Once they’ve sold you a kit, they could care less if you struggle to install it. Others intentionally make the instructions difficult to comprehend so that you give up and hire them (or their buddies) to install everything for you.
You can do better than that!
A good manufacturer will be happy to help with your skirting even after your purchase has gone through. Specifically, they’ll have an instruction manual that’s written in plain English, and they’ll post videos and other tips right on their website. Sure, they’ll offer their own installation services, but they’ll also make it relatively easy for you to do the installation work yourself, instead of trying to get you to spend more money!
— DON’T take winter for granted
If you live in a place that gets a lot of snow and ice, you’re going to need a manufactured home skirting kits that can keep up with weather changes, extreme temperatures, and moisture. Because of the way it’s constructed, it isn’t good to let a bunch of snow and ice pile up against ANY type of skirting, but some kits are better prepared to deal with nature’s wrath than others.
Before you buy anything, talk to the manufacturer about how their skirting is going to withstand winter. If you don’t like the answer, look for another kit!
— DON’T forget about your other structures
Yes, it’s called “mobile home skirting“, but these kits can also be used to finish off your deck, above-ground pool, or hot tub. Skirting is alsowhat to put around the bottom of a shed or the storage building you’ve got sitting in the backyard. So, before you put away the calculator, add up the space these structures take up. Odds are some mobile home skirting will make them look AND perform better!
There is more than the cement board and well frame. You will need to know the materials and tools before beginning. As you will see assembling the DURASKIRT™ cement board well is easy. Begin by gathering your supplies and tools as shown below.
Materials Needed for Making The Cement Board Well
Begin by placing a cut cement board and DURASKIRT™ well frame.
Well sides being cut after measuring. Notice the 2″ slope.
Cement Board Well Installation
Begin the cement board well by placing a panel on each side of the desired underfloor opening using the Access Well Frame between them to determine the opening width (approx. 34 ½”). Next, lay down two DURASKIRT™ panels with their backs together, white mark to white mark. Now layout and mark with the pencil the desired height and width (may vary 24 1/8”) leaving ¾” short for well front and giving the top a 2” slope. Finally, cut the two sides of the well making sure to leave the fabric at the bottom edge.
Following the above procedure, carry the cement board pieces to the opening and place them on each side of the well-frame. Using the frame, you can set and level both pieces with white marks inward, fabric outward, and using the frame to hold them in place. Make sure to leave a gap between
After finishing the cement board well sides and front leaving a gap for the lid to slide underneath the siding.
the top of the well-frame and the bottom of the siding. Now measure the outside width (35 ½”) for the front well panel so it spans over the side panels for support.
Cement Board Sides & Lid
The next step for building the cement board well is to cut the lid placing the white markdown. The lid will be 37” x 25 ½” (Cut the fabric edge off). Also, it’s important to choose a panel that is free from chips. Moreover, install it under the front edge of the Access Well Frame where you left a gap. When finished the lid should fit firmly underneath the belly band or precast concrete siding.
For more information call MH SERVICE & Supply 360-419-9909.
Rock Skirting Products – Place The Backer Board & Wait Awhile or Not
Mobile home rock skirting products are not always easy to locate. And they’re not always what they’re cracked up to be. But you’ll need a great backer board for your skirting to place your rocks over and DURASKIRT™ is it.
Moreover, DURASKIRT™ is a concrete panel skirting system that’s sold in mobile home skirting kits. Additionally, the kits include panels, attachment hardware, ventilation and joint concealing products.
The following are 3 reasons to choose rock skirting products like DURASKIRT™:
Use DURASKIRT™ as the ultimate mobile home rock skirting products to back up your rock veneers.
Uniquely, it’s hidden under the edge of the home and at the top of the skirting. Moreover, the air flows through under the house making sure that there is no build-up of dampness or any musty air trapped under the floorboards of you home. Consequently, it provides your family with a healthier air quality in your home.
It’s a great asset if you are planning to do any significant landscaping around your home. Also, it can be used as a backdrop for gardens around the home or even to help hide some of the less attractive components of the home. Of course, you will find that you can easily change the design of the exterior of your home in color or siding. Especially, using rock skirting products such as DURASKIRT™ for a backer board.
Indeed, the concrete panels are an exceptionally a great value because of the reasonable cost. Too, considering the labor is substantially less due to quick installations. My advice, check out the skirting videos. Because they can verify the ease on which this product can be installed on any manufactured or mobile home.
Indeed, with the ventilation, versatility and most importantly the affordability that DURASKIRT™ concrete skirting provides to any building type, it’s worth the investment. Absolutely, this is one of the best backer boards for rock skirting products.
So, if you’re looking for rock skirting products remember installing the best concrete backer board is vital. More so, you can install DURASKIRT™ panels and wait a few years to put off the extra cost of rock skirting. Either way you win with DURASKIRT™.
Call us at 360-419-9909, our attentive staff is available Monday (9-5) through Friday (9-7) to answer all your questions and make every effort to ensure you are 100% satisfied.
We have people asking us this question all the time. The simple answer is to calculate the time to install one panel at a time then multiply it by the number of panels needed for your home. Once you know this you can simply do the math. The average home takes approximately 60 panels. So let’s assume 5 minutes each multiply by 60 panels then divide by 60 minutes per hour = 5 hours.
Now do not be frustrated if it takes you more time. We have people that can install a home in less than three hours which is flat out moving. Don’t be shamed because most homeowners average twice this rate and it can take even longer if the site is not prepped properly.
Remember the five Ps?
Proper Preparation Prevents Piss Poor Performance. If you have never heard of the five P’s well, it’s about time you learned and take it to heart. I want to continue by emphasizing the following before we go into preparation because I feel it very important to get this concept down first, that is, install times.
Again, How long does DURASKIRT™ installation take?
Really it depends on your home. Usually, it can take 3 – 8 hours to remove existing skirting from your home. Then you need to inspect and see if you have and rot where you need to attach the new …skirting and if so you must replace these areas with new wood. When this is all finished, DURASKIRT™ installation can take between 3 to 7 minutes per panel to install depending on your skill level and the home site. So one person can install DURASKIRT™ in one 9 hour day or up to 3 seven-hour days. Two people can install DURASKIRT™ in 4 1/2 hours or up to 10 1/2 hours.
1″ to a 1 1/2″ gap from the top of the skirting panel to give good ventilation.
Grade the site first by measuring and placing a 31″ mark on your shovel or a stick. A shovel handle works best because it is already in your hand. A properly prepared site is graded so that the skirting panels have a 31″ gap to the ground from the rim-joist. When the panels go in they need at least a 1″ gap but can go as much as 1 -1/2″ gap. This photo helps explain:
Receiving Your DURASKIRT™ Packages Now What? Manufactured Home Skirting Kits (Packages)
So you ordered your DURASKIRT™manufactured home skirting kits to place on your manufactured home or mobile home. Moreover, you can expect approximately one to two days for your skirting packages to process into shipping. Additionally, the crates look like the photo above when they’re ready to leave our factory.
Once the skirting kitleaves our factory on a truck, you can expect shipping times that can vary from one to seven days or up to a couple of weeks if going to Alaska. We are talking about the United States shipping lanes.
In the United States, there are many shipping carriers to choose from and each has its market niche called “shipping lanes.” Sometimes these lanes overlap and in these areas the cost is pushed down because of the added competition. If you are in one of these areas you can benefit from lower shipping costs.
Shipping Costs for Manufactured Home Skirting Kits
Most areas of the United States have very competitive shipping lanes and therefore, this results in the surprisingly low pallet shipping cost. We manufacture DURASKIRT™ skirting packages in a way that minimizes the freight charges. Moreover, so our customers gain affordable concrete skirting. Most recently, one of our customers met the delivery truck and received his mobile home skirting packages.
Can you picture yourself ready for a DIY skirting celebration? Talk to your family and friends and ask them if they will participate in a day of skirting with you. I am certain they will help after you inform them it will be the last time you will need their help as far as skirting for your home.
One customer responded, “DURASKIRT™ and Be Done.”
After your skirting is finished you will be glad you made the investment in time, cost, and effort. Your home will be happy for years to come. I’m sure if it could, your home would smile and wink with pride. You can take advantage of purchasing DURASKIRT™ by calling 360-419-9909 or visit our website at www.Duraskirt.com. The next Blog topic will be “How to Safely Open A DURASKIRT™ Crate.” Please keep in mind your safety first!
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