How to Install Metal Skirting on a Mobile Home

Hunker may earn compensation through affiliate links in this story.

Things You'll Need

  • Shovel

  • Plumb-bob

  • Rebar

  • Hammer

  • String

  • Wooden stakes

  • Pressure treated 2-by-4 inch lumber

  • 3 1/2 inch wood screws

  • Drill and screwdriver bits

  • Pea gravel

  • J-channel

  • Ribbed galvanized metal skirting

  • Circulat saw with blade for sutting metal

  • Self tapping screws

  • Ruber washers

  • Corner channel

  • Vents

  • Jigsaw

Tip

Add access doors in the skirting. This is especially helpful to have near the water or other utility shut-off points. Try to have one square foot of venting for every 150 square feet of floor space. Metal skirting can be installed directly over thermal skirting.

Warning

Use safety glasses when cutting metal or wood. Work gloves will protect your hands from sharp metal edges when working with the metal skirting.

Skirting finishes the look of a mobile home.

There are many options when it comes to mobile home metal skirting. Metal skirting is durable and rust-proof, and can be installed in a day or two. It offers the home a new look and additional protection from the elements. Skirting also provides a barricade to rodents that would like to set up home underneath your own.

Step 1

Hang a plumb-bob from one of the corners of the home. Hammer a piece of rebar in the ground where the plum-bob points. Do this at all corners of the home. Tie a continuous string between all the pieces of rebar an inch or two above the ground. Set the 2-by-4 lumber next to the string, on edge.

Step 2

Pound wooden stakes into the ground behind the pressure treated lumber every 4 to 6 feet. Attach the lumber to the stakes with screws. Dig a 6-inch deep trench in front of the lumber. Fill the trench with 2 inches of pea gravel.

Step 3

Measure up 4 inches from the bottom edge of the home. Install the J-channel all the way around the home at this height. The metal skirting fits into the J-channel.

Step 4

Measure from the J-channel to the pea rock. Cut a piece of metal skirting to this length. Slip the cut sheet into the J-channel. Use the self tapping screws and rubber washers to attach the skirting to the 2-inch by 4-inch lumber and at the top near the J-channel. Measure and cut the next piece of skirting, attaching in the same manner. Overlap the previous panel with the current panel. Add a screw and washer to the seam where the panels overlap. Repeat this procedure all the way around the home.

Step 5

Install the vents. Use the drill to make pilot holes for the jigsaw, and cut an opening large enough for the vent to fit. Screw the vent into place. You need at least one vent at all four corners.

Step 6

Fill the trench in with pea gravel so that it covers the skirting by about an inch.

references

Elizabeth Sobiski

Elizabeth Sobiski has been writing professionally since 2005. She provides businesses such as Burdick and Lee Galleries, Clearwater Fishing Charters and Read Finder with custom content to keep their digital and print media fresh, informative and directed to their target audience. Sobiski holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Roosevelt University in Chicago.