The Pros and Cons of Different Types of Mobile Home Skirting
When you decide on a home to buy, it’s good to know the pros and cons of different types of mobile home skirting.
Skirting is a useful technique for preventing critters and other elements from invading the space under a mobile home. It also prevents pipes from freezing during the winter. Given the variety of mobile home skirting ideas available, skirting also improves the appeal of the home. Additionally, it conceals wheels or axles and, most importantly, it will result in significant energy bill savings. But, then comes the decision of picking the right skirting material for you. That is exactly what we will help you with today. We’re going to explain the pros and cons of different types of mobile home skirting.
Let’s get started!
Vinyl: The Most Common Mobile Home Skirting Option
Due to its affordability, vinyl skirting is the most preferred choice among homeowners.
- Mildew resistant.
- Easy and quick installation.
- Can blend in and can match your home’s vinyl.
- Ease of maintenance.
- Easily damaged by weedeater string.
- Can be flimsy during storms.
- Becomes brittle from sun exposure.
Metal Skirting: A Premium Option for Mobile Homeowners
Since metal skirting is so durable, many people choose it for their homes. Here at Braustin Homes, we are proud to announce that we will soon be offering a new metal skirting which will be offered in a variety of colors! (Keep your eyes peeled for a blog on this in the near future!)
- Has a long life and won’t rust, decay or rot.
- Depending on the type used, they can be relatively inexpensive.
- Aesthetically pleasing, giving a clean and updated appearance.
- Extremely durable against pests, weather, and debris.
- Can be dented if you aren’t cautious near it.
- Some types can be vulnerable to rust.
Concrete: A Strong Skirting Option for Your Mobile Home
Concrete skirting is a strong option that can withstand animals and weather conditions.
- Durable and long-lasting.
- Has a clean and uniform appearance.
- Does a great job keeping the heat in the home and the cold out.
- More expensive than most options.
- More difficult to install than others. (Couldn’t be added later on.)
- You still won’t be meeting “permanent” building installation requirements.
Brick & Cinderblock Skirting
Brick and cinderblock are appealing alternatives even though they may not be as inexpensive as vinyl.
- Gives your mobile home a more permanent and fixed appearance.
- Heavy and durable.
- Depending on your handiness, cinderblock skirting can be a DIY project.
- Takes more time and a level of difficulty to install.
- More expensive than other options.
Skirting made of wood can give your home a very unique look, but there are factors to consider.
- You have customization options. (Picking your type of wood and color.)
- Usually very affordable and there is easy access to materials.
- Can retain moisture, cause mold spores to grow, and rot.
- You may have to keep up with painting or staining.
- Not a great option in terms of longevity.
What’s the Best Choice for Mobile Home Skirting?
As you may already know, there is no “one size fits all” choice when it comes to choosing a skirting option for your mobile home. Each skirting material has advantages and disadvantages, so you must decide what matters to you most before making a choice.
It’s common to make a choice solely on aesthetics; after all, this is the exterior of your home, and you want it to look a certain way. Just be sure to check that the skirting around your crawl space home has access points for potential under-home repairs and provides adequate air ventilation. Speak with a member at Braustin Homes today!