When looking at a mobile home one may see that there is an additional material attached to the side of the home in between where the siding of the mobile home ends and the ground for which the mobile home sits on begins.
This is called the skirting of a mobile home.
While the name is simple in nature what it does and how it works is quite a bit more detailed then that.
Mobile home skirting can be made out of a variety of materials but the most common type you will see around the greater Sarasota Florida area is skirting made out of fiberglass, stone, aluminium or plastic.
Mobile home skirting is attached to an inner track of the bottom of the mobile home each additional piece of skirting is snapped or placed directly next to the previous skirting panel.
For the skirting to work properly it needs to be fit on the track without any issue and be the length of space between the bottom of the mobile home and the ground for which it sits on. If the skirting is not the correct length then it will largely defeat the purpose of what the skirting does.
One of the main benefits of having skirting on your mobile home is to prevent inviting pesky trouble making critters under your home.
Mobile homes have their plumbing running underneath the home and if this is not protected then animals can get under the home and burrow into the plumbing lines often causing premature leaks in the plumbing system of the mobile home.
As discussed in previous blogs, the flooring system of a mobile home is wood based.
If the skirting is not properly installed and maintained then, in addition to the plumbing having issues, the wood based flooring can have premature damage done to it through animals chewing on the support beams of of your flooring system.
In order for your skirting to be kept in good shape we, here at The Mobile Home Dealer, strongly suggest you routinely walk your mobile home and identify any issues you see with the skirting and act quickly to get these issues taken care of.
A simple walking of your property 1-2 times per month should suffice the inspection.
If any skirting looks like it has shifted off of the tracks see to it that you get it back on the track quickly as some skirting products are brittle in nature and if it is not sitting flat it can lead to premature breakage of a skirting panel.
If you have fiberglass or plastic skirting around your mobile home make sure to take additional care of it when doing your lawn mowing. The reason for this is that weed wackers can often clip the skirting causing small holes which can lead to larger issues down the road.
When protecting your mobile home we strongly suggest keeping your skirting in tip top shape as it is a very inexpensive insurance policy for the safety of your mobile homes plumbing and flooring system.
This is Mark Kaiser with The Mobile Home Dealer and we help mobile home Buyers and Sellers get to a better place in life.