As any Buyer or Seller of a Sarasota Florida mobile home knows, the structural components of a mobile home are quite a bit different then that of a single family home.
One of the main differences between a single family home and a mobile home is that of the flooring system.
Most mobile home flooring systems consist of two parts:
- The Over Flooring
- The Sub Flooring
The over flooring can be laminate, carpet, tile or wood.
This is the portion of the flooring that one will see and be walking on as they live within their Sarasota Florida mobile home. All of this flooring can be used interchangeably between that of a mobile home and a single family home.
The sub flooring is where a mobile home and a single family home begin to differ quite a bit.
A sub flooring system is what is between the over flooring that one walks on and sees on a daily basis and the physical concrete pad that the home is built on.
In a single family home this is usually concrete or some type of material similar to this when the home is located within the Sarasota Florida area.
With a mobile in the Sarasota Florida area this subflooring system is usually particle board or 3/4 inch ply wood both of which will be nailed in to either 2X8 or 2X6 boards that create the box the floor sits on.
Particle board is exactly what it sounds like, different wood particles that are glued together at a factory to make a solid wood composite style flooring. This type of subflooring is what normally comes from the factory in mobile homes as the base of the subfloor system.
Particle board has the tendency to break apart when it gets wet and will cause what are known as “soft spots” in a flooring system.
Soft spots are when the particle board begins to sag and, if not treated correctly, can lead to gaping holes in the flooring system that are dangerous to walk on and can lead to injury.
Most mobile home sub floors that are installed with particle board can last any where between 10-30 years pending on how wet the underbelly of the home gets and how well the homes floor is maintained by the owner.
Eventually the homes subfloor will either need to be patched in order to fix the soft spots provided by the particle board or completely replaced with that of the 3/4 inch thick plywood.
The plywood option is one that is much more expensive then that of particle board but will hold up much better over time then that of a particle board subfloor.
When a subflooring system needs to be replaced due to soft spots or other issues rarely do the supporting beams of the subflooring need to be replaced as well as the 2X8 or 2X6 are usually in good shape and can be reused if the subflooring is replaced.
Although replacing subflooring can be a more expensive repair it is always suggested that it be done before the subflooring of your Sarasota Florida mobile home is too far gone as if this repair is not tended to quickly it may lead to injury when falling through the flooring system of your mobile home!
This is Mark Kaiser with The Mobile Home Dealer and we help mobile home Buyers and Sellers get to a better place in life.