House skirting, also known as underpinning, is the material used to cover the bottom of a manufactured or mobile home. It extends from the bottom of the siding down to the ground or to the foundational slab.
What Does House Skirting Do?
House skirting fills the gap that is exposed around the perimeter of the home and prevents rodents from getting in and causing damage. Not only that, but house skirting gives a home a more aesthetic appeal.
Why Is House Skirting Important?
Before house skirting is added to a home, the bottom of a manufactured or mobile home is exposed and open. The underside is wrapped to prevent insulation from falling out and to help everything stay intact during transport of the home. However, this wrap is not tough enough to prevent rodents from finding their way to the underside of a home. Without house skirting, rodents enjoy a freeway of access to nesting and chewing.
Unfortunately, homes with no house skirting protection or improper house skirting are prone to damages that can quickly escalate in cost. Over time, rodents can cause thousands of dollars’ worth of damage to a home. House skirting helps ensure that mice and rats will stay away and that the home will be much less prone to pest damage.
It Also Makes Your Home Look Good
House skirting also gives manufactured and mobile homes a more finished look, closer to that of a “stick-built” house. Adding mobile home underpinning to a mobile house can add a bit more visual appeal to the home. The skirting creates a more permanent look to a manufactured or mobile home.
All in all, house skirting is both a protective component to a manufactured or mobile home and also an aesthetic one. Most importantly, it creates a barrier for rodents and pests that would otherwise have easy access to the underside of a home, paving the way for home damage.
If you would like to learn more about house skirting, or mobile home underpinning, contact DURASKIRT™ at any time. We’ll be most happy to answer any questions you might have and share information about DURASKIRT™ house skirting. If you are interested in learning how to protect your home from rodent damage, we can help.