What Are Walls Made of in Mobile Homes?
During the hunt for the perfect home, you have probably posed the question to yourself, “What are the walls made of in mobile homes?”
There are many obvious differences between stick-built homes and mobile homes. You might have noticed the walls looking different. Do you know what distinguishes them, then? You may have never even considered it before! Well, let’s clear up that question: What are the walls made of in mobile homes?
VOG: Vinyl Over Gypsum
The large majority of manufactured homes use VOG, a wallpaper-like coating that is lighter and simpler to install than drywall. You’ll see that VOG has a shiny finish and that the seams are concealed by strips that extend from the floor to the ceiling. These strips bother a lot of mobile homeowners, so they end up removing them.
It can be a hit or a miss for some. Homeowners either despise them or don’t mind the way they look at all!
Although VOG may not have the same aesthetic appeal as drywall, it does have some advantages that you may appreciate. In addition to being incredibly simple to install and more cost-effective, this material is also incredibly simple to maintain—just wipe down with a damp cloth or even a spray cleaner.
The seamless textured drywall known as tape-and-texture is an additional option for your walls. Tape-and-textured walls might be a better option if a homeowner wants something different from the typical mobile home “look” with VOG walls. Although they are frequently found in site-built homes, they are now also used to give manufactured homes a more traditional and modern appearance. Let us add they are easy to paint as well!
Because of the labor and materials required to create this look, having this type of wall in the house may increase the overall cost. Simply put, the process requires more labor. To create tape and texture walls, raw drywall must first be installed. The seams are then filled with drywall compound, the tape is applied, the area is sanded, the drywall compound is applied once more, and finally, the texture is sprayed on the entire surface.
What Kind of Mobile Home Walls Are Best For Me?
When trying to decide between VOG and tape-and-texture drywall, it’s important to realize that both have their benefits…
For one, painting drywall is simpler than painting vinyl. Drywall also keeps the home’s exterior insulation in place, keeping it warm in the winter and cool in the summer.
On the flip side, vinyl is easier to maintain because it does not absorb liquids like painted drywall does. Mobile homes with VOG walls will also be more on the less expensive side than those with drywall. So if you have a smaller budget, the affordability itself may decide for you! If you still aren’t sure which type of wall is a better option for you, we are here to help. Speak with a member at Braustin Homes today!