Important Steps for Installing Vinyl Skirting in Mobile Homes
The addition of vinyl skirting provides the home with better insulation while also enhancing its overall look. Skirting is an indispensable part of mobile homes and is affixed at the bottom of the home. They play a crucial role in covering the foundation since mobile homes are installed on a raised foundation.
Note that vinyl skirting is prone to the weather conditions that will result in the expansion and shrinking of the material. This is why installing vinyl skirting on mobile home requires a proper know-how of the process. Below are some of the important steps to follow while installing vinyl skirting in a mobile home.
For installing vinyl skirting, it is important to have a proper planning for the layout first. For this purpose, use a level to mark the areas where the corners of the home meet the ground in a plumb line. After marking them, insert wooden stakes into the ground at each of the corners and draw out a chalk line on the ground between the two points.
While attaching the rail, it is important to lay the back strip on the bottom on the chalk line. Attaching the rail on the ground can be done by using nails or ground spikes. When using the nails or spikes to place the railing on the ground, start with the ends and move to the middle portion of the rail. Remember that masonry nails or spikes are required for attaching the rail to concrete.
Attaching Back Top Rail
When attaching the back top rail, begin from the highest point of the home. The rails must be attached from about five inches from the highest point. After that, nail the top back rail to the house by holding the bottom of the top rail flush with the bottom of the home. While doing so, leave five-inch spaces at the corners and in between the pieces.
Planning for Changing Weather Conditions
When installing the skirting, it is important to accommodate any changing weather conditions. For warmer climate, include one-inch added length to the measurement between the back top rail bottom and the ground. Add two inches longer for colder climates.
Finally, place the top rail cover into the top back rail. For covering the corners, cut out a one-inch v-notch from the top rail cover and bend it around the corner. Finish the process by installing the top rail cover across the entire home.