Skirting around the base of a mobile home gives the home a finished look. It also provides some insulation and keeps pests out from under the mobile home. Rather than install traditional skirting, which consists of an outer, decorative layer and an inner layer of insulation, choose a product such as Rapid Wall skirting installation. The components of this product provide both an exterior finish and insulated skirting in one easy-to-install process. A do-it-yourselfer can complete the skirting installation using a few basic carpentry tools.
Things You'll Need
- Plumb bob
- Carpenter’s level
- Circular saw with fine-toothed blade
- Tape measure
Using a shovel, scrape away vegetation and rocks that are directly below the sides of the manufactured home. Rake this area to level it as much as much as possible.
Suspend a plumb bob from the side of the home. Place the tip of the plumb bob on the back vertical leg of the F-channel that comes with the Rapid Wall installation pack. Fasten the F-channel to the ground with spikes that come in the installation kit. You don’t have to put a spike in every hole in the F-channel.
Mark the line where you intend to install the top track rail with a chalk line. Use a carpenter’s level to help keep the line level.
Attach the back half of the top track rail to the house’s exterior using the nail that came in the assembly kit. Do not hammer the nails all the way in. This gives the rail room to expand and contract as the temperature changes. Leave approximately a quarter inch of space between rails to allow for expansion as well.
Measure the distance between the top track rail and F-channel. Because that distance can vary, write down the various heights.
Cut insulated skirting panels to fit, starting with the tallest panels first, using a circular saw with a fine-toothed blade installed backwards. Make cuts on the bottom of the panel only.
Set a panel into the track and F-channel. Push at least three locking tabs from both the top and bottom tracks into the panel to hold it in place. Slide the next panel into place against the first one. Lock its tabs in place. Continue setting the rest of the panels in a similar manner.
Push the front half of the top track rail into the back half until you hear it snap into place. Repeat for all of the rails around the perimeter of the house.
Tips & Warnings
- F-channel is trim that looks like the letter F when you look at its profile. For installation purposes, the F-channel lies with the F on its back.
- Bend trim to fit around corners. Make cuts in the side flanges to make it easier to bend the trim, but do not cut all the way through the trim. Create a V in the foam portion of a panel to bend it around corners. Take care not to cut through the outer vinyl portion.