- Bricks and cinder blocks can be pricey and require a labor intensive installation.
- Aluminum can be unattractive.
- Plywood skirting can be damaged from wood-eating pests.
- Vinyl skirting can easily melt when exposed to high summer temperatures.
Mobile homes are increasingly favorable alternatives for people who want to downsize their standard of living while maintaining or increasing their quality of life. As of 2013, 6.4% of U.S. housing is made up of mobile homes, of which there are nearly 8.5 million. Approximately 20 million people in the country currently occupy them. By choosing this option, people rarely face expensive down payments, pricey monthly payments, high maintenance fees, or steep property taxes. And despite much of the stigma attached to the lifestyle that surrounds them, many owners of these homes today are happy in them, and think of them as permanent, instead of temporary. While many mobile homeowners know that they always have the option of moving with their home, most are happy where they are, and never actually move. This is one reason many are taking their mobile home designs more seriously. It’s important for them to make sure their homes have a warm feel with a lasting visual appeal, both outside and in. Put skirting mates and plywood boards in place before installing your skirting panels. On mobile home exteriors, skirting panels are essential. Not only do they conceal the unsightly framing structure under the home from view, but they also keep wild animals from nesting underneath. Additionally, skirting protects against temperature extremes while reducing utility bills year round. When used as long-term fixtures, though, the materials that commonly skirt mobile homes can have drawbacks. Examples of these materials include brick, cinder block, aluminum, plywood and vinyl. Below is a list of the disadvantages of these kinds of skirting when used on a more permanent basis: