Installing Vinyl Skirting on a Mobile Home
Vinyl skirting makes a great finishing touch for a mobile home. Skirting is a vinyl accessory that hangs between the bottom edge of the mobile home and the ground. Mobile homes are usually installed on a raised foundation; vinyl skirting is a way to camouflage the foundation.
Vinyl expands and shrinks with changes in the weather. As a result, when installing vinyl skirting on a home or building, it is important to allow a gap of approximately 1/32-inch between the head of the nail and the building. Although it is not necessary to measure each place where the skirting is attached to the building, check periodically during the installation to ensure that the skirting easily slides between the nails and the building.
Step 1 - Plan the Layout
Using the level, mark a place where each corner will meet the ground in a plumb line. Place a wood stake in the ground at each of these corners. Snap a chalk line on the ground between the points.
Step 2 - Attach the Rail
Place the back strip of the bottom rail on the chalk line. Attach the rail to the ground with ground spikes or nails. First attach the ends and then the middle of the rail. If the rail is being attached to concrete, the masonry nails or spikes will be necessary.
Step 3 - Back Top Rail
Starting at the highest point of the mobile home, attach the back top rail 1/2 inch from the highest point. Holding the bottom of the top rail flush with the bottom of the mobile home, nail the top back rail to the house. Leave 1/2 inch at the corners and between any pieces. Continue to attach the rail around the entire mobile home.
Step 4 - Plan for Weather
Determine the distance between the bottom edge of the back top rail and the ground, starting at the highest point of the mobile home. Measure every 16 inches or the width of the panels to ensure that you have the correct measurement. To accommodate changing weather conditions, include an extra 1 inch longer if you are located in a warm climate and 2 inches longer if you are located in a cold climate.
Use tin snips to cut a section of skirting panel 1 inch longer than the distance you just measured. Insert the panel into the bottom rail and set it against the top rail. Continue around the entire mobile home.
Step 5 - Finish the Job
Snap the top rail cover into the top back rail. It should cover the cut panels. Do not butt the ends of the top rail covers together in order to allow for expansion of the vinyl with temperature changes. To cover corners, cut a 1 inch v-knotch from the top of the top rail cover and bend the cover around the corner. Install the top rail cover around the entire mobile home.