Home Skirting

Most people think that skirting is just for decorative purposes. But they couldn’t be more wrong, it’s a lot more than that.

Skirting is a siding that is installed around the perimeter area that is beneath the floor of a house. The area beneath it should not be left open for several reasons. You are inviting pests to make residence under your home, wild plants and weeds can begin to grow, and most importantly, water. When it rains and water is allowed to enter the area under your home, the soils softens and begins to shift. This moisture can cause significant damage to the foundation that your home is built upon.

There are 2 types of homes that need skirting; A MOBILE HOME AND A PIER & BEAM HOME

A mobile home or trailer home that is towed to its mostly “final” destination and stabilized with blocks, acting as a foundation for leveling the home. Single wide (12-18′), a double-wide (24′ or 32′), and park models (small) and some tiny home models use a similar method.

A pier & beam home is the old typically Victorian style that is raised up off the ground, and you can get under them for various service reasons.

Both home types need and must have skirting to keep water out and away from the foundation. If you can’t keep water out, you can’t keep it level and the foundation will sink. You’ll know it when doors and windows don’t close like they used to.

Other advantages include:

  • Structural integrity. Skirting materials can enhance the integrity of your home’s structure. Materials used are durable and provide lasting protection for your home.
  • Insulation. Skirting can give your home that additional level of insulation, stopping cold winds from blowing under the floor making it cold in the winter. With proper insulation, you can save on cooling and heating costs. This makes it a good investment in the long run.
  • Increase in equity. Adding skirting to your home makes it more aesthetically appealing. This will give your property a boost in resale value if you decide to sell it later.



Stucco (also called Lath)

These are of a double wide mobile home getting new skirting. They both must have vents for proper cross ventilation and air flow, as well as an access door.

This is the frame that must be installed to hold the stucco (concrete) and an access door:

This is how it will look like when “lath” is installed and stucco is applied. Additionally, vents are critical in skirting to make sure that moisture from the ground has a place to escape. Engineers recommend a vent +/- every 7-8 feet.

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