Last Updated on February 1, 2024 by Kravelv
The skirting refers to the protective material that goes around the perimeter of a mobile home. Besides enhancing the home’s aesthetic, skirting helps shield the underside of the house and plumbing fixtures from outside elements like adverse weather conditions and wild animals. Because of its protective nature, it’s understandable that homeowners may eventually need to replace it with new stuff. Here are a few things to know before replacing your mobile home skirting. Preparing can make it a much easier and less time-consuming process.
Selecting the Right Kit
One of the first things to figure out before replacing your skirting is ensuring you get the right kit. Skirting comes in a lot of different materials, such as wood, vinyl, metal, and brick, and each of these have their own advantages and disadvantages. For example, brick skirting is very durable and reliable but also one of the most expensive and time-consuming installations. We recommend picking one that works best for your lifestyle. Think about whether you have the time or energy to perform extended maintenance on it after installation.
The other thing you need to do is carefully measure the perimeter of your home so that the skirting kit you order covers everything. Fortunately, there are many online skirting calculators that can help you find kits that work for you. But you still need to go out there and get the most accurate measurements for yourself.
Replacing the Old Skirting
After you order your kit, the next big step is actually replacing the skirting. Doing this is usually one of the more simple mobile home renovation projects you can tackle yourself. Still, it may not hurt to have some friends or family or an experienced contractor help you if you’re unfamiliar with the process.
One thing to know before replacing your mobile home skirting is what tools you’ll need. Some of the most common tools you need to replace your skirting are tin snips to remove fasteners, a tape measure, and a drill or screw driver that can tighten the fasteners from your new skirting kit. Taking care of the prep work before you start trying to take the old skirting off can save lots of time and hassle in the long run.
After replacing your skirting, you may want to know what maintenance work is necessary for your new panels. Taking care of things can help ensure you get the longest amount of time with it before needing to replace it again. A general rule is to simply keep the skirting clean by washing it with a safe cleaner and your hose. Wood skirting may require a sealer, and metal skirting may call for an anti-rust solution. When you care for your skirting, you can protect your mobile home from all sorts of problems.