The cheapest material to skirt a mobile home is vinyl, costing around $900 for a standard 16 x 80-foot skirting package. The most expensive (and durable) is brick or concrete block, costing around $2000 or more for skirting the same size mobile home.
There are different options for skirting a mobile home or manufactured home. Depending on where you live, and what restrictions your park home site has will impact what is available to you. We’ll cover a few options, from the most budget-friendly to the most durable and aesthetically pleasing.
Vinyl skirting for mobile homes
Vinyl skirting (also known as trailer skirting) is one of the cheapest materials available for skirting your mobile home or manufactured home. A 16 foot by 80 foot skirting package costs around $900, but you’ll need to install it yourself. Allow around a day to install vinyl skirting for one person.
Vinyl is inexpensive to install and can even be fitted by the most novice DIYer. You just need a few simple tools to install the frame and vinyl skirting. However, vinyl skirting does have some drawbacks.
First, vinyl skirting doesn’t look the best and most vinyl will fade and wear over time, especially on the sides exposed to the sun. Also consider if storms are common in the area, as vinyl skirting is not stormproof in any way.
Timber lattice & timber slats
If keeping pests out from under your mobile home is not a huge consideration, then using timber lattice or timber slats is a great option. Both timber slats and lattice use a sturdy frame (usually also made from timber) to hold up the skirting sections and are a great affordable option.
Some mobile home sites do not allow timber cladding due to it not being fire-resistant so it’s worth checking with your site manager before purchasing.
Timber lattice cost
Timber lattice is cheap, costing around $28 for a 22 X 120 inch panel. It still requires a frame to hold it up, which should be made with treated timber or a metal frame. Once it is fitted, it’s easy to grow and train vines around the lattice, adding to its visual appeal.
Timber slats cost
For a 16 foot by 80 foot skirting package, expect to pay around $1500 for pressure-treated pine (you can use decking boards), or around $2000 for composite material. The advantage of composite boards is it will last longer and not require maintenance. Using a pressure-treated pine will require applying a UV treatment (varnish), natural oil, or painting every few years.
A lot of mobile homeowners tend to go for faux panels, mainly due to their aesthetic appeal and ease of installation. Faux panels are made in several finishes, from brick to stone and concrete. Faux panels are usually made from polyurethane and come in panel sizes approximately 46 inches wide, 24 inches high, and around an inch thick.
Some faux panel manufacturers (Novik is one example) use interlocking panel designs that seamlessly connect a stone pattern and looks great. The cost on average per panel is around $28.00 (48-inches in length), excluding labor costs. Corner pieces are also available for around $15.00. Other costs to consider are installing a frame to hold the Faux panels.
Faux panels are a great option when looking for an aesthetically pleasing option that’s not too expensive or hard to install. Be aware, some manufacturers only honor the warranty if professionally installed, and all faux panels are not considered stormproof.
DURASKIRT is a specialized product that offers some great advantages when skirting your mobile home or manufactured home. The most notable is aesthetics, with DURASKIRT available in a slick concrete finish. The DURASKIRT™ DS-PRO-24 in the 24″h x 37″w x 3/4″ thickness costs $28 per linear foot, plus installation costs. Expect around 1 day’s labor for installing Duraskirt products to a standard-sized mobile home.
While DURASKIRT may be more on the expensive side for skirting materials, there’s some good news for people who are looking to skirt their mobile home once. DURASKIRT comes with a 30-year material replacement warranty and is also pest resistant and comes with a “termite resistance letter”.
Brick or concrete block
For those looking for a more permanent and indestructible skirting material, it’s going to be brick or concrete block. There are some regions that may not permit installing foundations and brick or masonry as skirting so it’s important to check with your local council beforehand.
Using brick, masonry, or concrete blocks have plenty of advantages. You’ll only need to have it installed once, but it does cost more initially. Most concrete blocks cost around $3.00 per unit (16 inches long and 8 inches high), so expect around $700-1000 just for the materials.
You’ll also need to pay for installation and a good bricklayer could complete the work for a bricking up standard mobile home skirting in 2 days.
Vinyl skirting is your best bet for skirting your mobile home or manufactured home. Especially if you’re looking for an affordable and easy to install option. If you’re looking to keep pests out and require a more durable solution, faux panels are a great option and not too expensive.
If you are in a storm zone, the most indestructible skirting options for your mobile home or manufactured home are brick, masonry, or concrete block. Masonry options are more expensive than other skirting options and may also require special permission from your park home.