Mobile and manufactured homes don't look complete without a layer of skirting around the base. This material, usually made from a single layer of vinyl, can make the entire structure easier to heat and more secure when you upgrade from the basic thin vinyl. If it's time to upgrade or replace your mobile home's skirting, these four reasons may convince you to spend a little more for an insulated product.
It Prevents Frozen Pipes
First and perhaps most importantly, installing insulated skirting in a cold climate is one of the best ways to prevent your pipes from freezing in the winter. Cold temperatures lead to ice in the pipes that run under the mobile home. Vinyl skirting does little to keep the area under your home warm, meaning that the pipes are exposed to roughly the same temperatures as the outdoor air. If you don't want to have to wrap heated cables around every pipe and remember to plug them in when temperatures drop, insulated skirting allows you to skip this chore without the risk of paying for burst pipes.
It Reduces Heat Loss
If the underside of your mobile home is cold enough to freeze the pipes, it's also causing you to lose heat. Tired of cold floors greeting you on winter mornings? Insulated skirting creates an air cushion under your mobile home that has a surprising effect on how warm the interior feels. Tile floors won't chill you as much, and they also won't encourage the loss of heat into the underside of the home.
If Offers a Quality Appearance
Insulated skirting products are thicker, stronger, and more durable due to the increased thickness of each panel. This means they'll last longer and look good for that entire time. Many insulated products feature a brick or stone pattern and texture to make your home look like it has a traditional foundation. A few landscaping details and your mobile home will look like a stick built unit with only a minimal investment.
It Keeps Intruders Out
Finally, insulated skirting panels are better at keeping animals and insects out from the welcoming space under your home. A mobile home's crawlspace is quiet and private, not to mention filled with fluffy bedding materials like fiberglass insulation. Basic vinyl skirting is easy for larger animals like cats, raccoons, and possums to push open or crawl under. Since insulated panels are thicker, harder to break, and fit more tightly together, they're harder for a pest to penetrate.
To learn more about insulated skirting products, contact services that provide mobile home supplies.