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How much does it cost to skirt a mobile home?
The cheapest material to skirt a mobile home is vinyl, costing around $900 for a standard 16 x 80-foot skirting package. The most expensive (and durable) is brick or concrete block, costing around $2000 or more for skirting the same size mobile home.
There are different options to skirt a mobile home or manufactured home. Depending on where you live, and what restrictions your park home site has will impact what is available to you. We’ll cover a few options, from the most budget-friendly to the most durable and aesthetically pleasing.
The Benefits of Mobile Home Skirting Kits
Skirting is the material that covers the area between the bottom of your mobile home and the ground. Mobile home skirting can be made of a variety of materials, including vinyl skirting panels, wood, or metal. Many people choose not to install skirting because they think it’s not necessary or because they don’t like the way it looks. But there are actually plenty of good reasons to install skirting, and in this blog post, we’re going to give you five of them!
1. Prevents drafts
One of the biggest benefits of mobile home skirting is that it prevents cold drafts from coming into your home during cold weather. In the wintertime, when temperatures outside are frigid and there’s snow on the ground, you’ll be grateful for that extra layer of protection against the elements.
2. Protects your plumbing
Another benefit of mobile home skirting is that it protects your plumbing from freezing. If your pipes are exposed to freezing temperatures, they could burst and cause serious damage to your home (not to mention costing you a fortune in repairs). By installing skirting, you can rest assured knowing that your pipes are well-protected.
3. Keeps critters out
Critters like mice and snakes love to sneak into homes through openings at the base of the house. If your mobile home doesn’t have skirting installed, critters will have easy access to your home. But if you have skirting around your home, critters will have a much more difficult time getting in (and you won’t have to worry about waking up to a mouse in your bedroom!).
4. Makes your home look more polished
Let’s face it—mobile homes can sometimes look a little bit rough around the edges. But when you add skirting around the base of your home, it instantly looks more polished and put-together. If you want your home to have a high-end look without spending a fortune, skirting is a great option.
5. Increases curb appeal
When you’re trying to sell your mobile home, first impressions are everything. If potential buyers see an unfinished-looking mobile home with exposed pipes and no skirting, they’re likely to assume that the inside of the home is just as unappealing as the outside. But if they see a well-maintained mobile home with beautiful skirting around the base, they’ll be much more likely to want to take a closer look (and maybe even make an offer!).
Vinyl skirting for mobile homes
Vinyl skirting (also known as trailer skirting) is one of the cheapest materials available for underpinning mobile homes. A 16 foot by 80 foot skirting package costs around $900, but you’ll need to install it yourself. Allow around a day to install vinyl skirting for one person.
Vinyl is inexpensive to install and can even be fitted by the most novice DIYer. You just need a few simple tools to install the frame and vinyl skirting. However, vinyl skirting does have some drawbacks.
First, vinyl skirting doesn’t look the best and most vinyl will fade and wear over time, especially on the sides exposed to the sun. Also consider if storms are common in the area, as vinyl skirting is not stormproof in any way. Here are some more vinyl skirting options you might want to consider.
Timber lattice & timber slat underpinning for mobile homes
If keeping pests out from under your mobile home is not a huge consideration, then using timber lattice or timber slats is a great option. Both timber slats and lattice use a sturdy frame (usually also made from timber) to hold up the skirting sections and are a great affordable option.
Some mobile home sites do not allow timber cladding due to it not being fire-resistant so it’s worth checking with your site manager before purchasing.
Timber lattice cost
Timber lattice is cheap, costing around $28 for a 22 X 120 inch panel. It still requires a frame to hold it up, which should be made with treated timber or a metal frame. Once it is fitted, it’s easy to grow and train vines around the lattice, adding to its visual appeal. For an inexpensive lattice option you can keep it simple with a standard white lattice, like this one from Fanta-Sea.
Timber slats cost
For a 16 foot by 80 foot skirting package, expect to pay around $1500 for pressure-treated pine (you can use decking boards). Alternatively it is around $2000 for composite material. The advantage of composite boards is it will last longer and not require maintenance. Using a pressure-treated pine will require applying a UV treatment (varnish), natural oil, or painting every few years.
Faux panels for Mobile Home Skirting
A lot of mobile homeowners tend to go for faux panels, mainly due to their aesthetic appeal and ease of installation. Faux panels are made in several finishes, from brick to stone and concrete. Faux panels are usually made from polyurethane and come in panel sizes approximately 46 inches wide, 24 inches high, and around an inch thick.
Some faux panel manufacturers (Novik is one example) use interlocking panel designs that seamlessly connect a stone pattern and looks great. The cost on average per panel is around $28.00 (48-inches in length), excluding labor costs. Corner pieces are also available for around $15.00. Other costs to consider are installing a frame to hold the Faux panels.
Faux panels are a great option when looking for an aesthetically pleasing option that’s not too expensive or hard to install. Be aware, some manufacturers only honor the warranty if professionally installed, and all faux panels are not considered stormproof.
For faux panel skirting we suggest using something like Tritan BP’s Lightning Ridge Faux Stone Siding Panel. It looks great and comes in a variety of natural stone colors.
DURASKIRT is a specialized product that offers some great advantages when skirting your mobile home or manufactured home. The most notable is aesthetics, with DURASKIRT available in a slick concrete finish. The DURASKIRT™ DS-PRO-24 in the 24″h x 37″w x 3/4″ thickness costs $28 per linear foot, plus installation costs. Expect around 1 day’s labor for installing Duraskirt products to a standard-sized mobile home.
While DURASKIRT may be more on the expensive side for skirting materials, there’s some good news for people who are looking to skirt their mobile home once. DURASKIRT comes with a 30-year material replacement warranty and is also pest resistant and comes with a “termite resistance letter”.
Brick or concrete block Mobile Home Underpinning
For those looking for a more permanent and indestructible skirting material, it’s going to be brick skirting or concrete skirting. There are some regions that may not permit installing foundations and brick or masonry as skirting so it’s important to check with your local council beforehand.
Using brick, masonry, or concrete blocks have plenty of advantages. You’ll only need to have it installed once, but it does cost more initially. Most concrete blocks cost around $3.00 per unit (16 inches long and 8 inches high), so expect around $700-1000 just for the materials.
You’ll also need to pay for installation and a good bricklayer could complete the work for a bricking up standard mobile home skirting in 2 days.
Vinyl skirting is your best bet to skirt a mobile home or manufactured home. Especially if you’re looking for an affordable and easy to install option. If you’re looking to keep pests out and require a more durable solution, faux panels are a great option and not too expensive.
If you are in a storm zone, the most indestructible skirting options for your mobile home or manufactured home are brick, masonry, or concrete block. Masonry options are more expensive than other skirting options and may also require special permission from your park home.
There are many skirting products to choose from on the market today. Which type will you choose?