What To Know About Installing Siding On Your Mobile Home

Installing new siding on your mobile home can significantly improve its energy efficiency, appearance, and overall function. But mobile homes have some unique construction requirements that can make a siding replacement more challenging. Read on to learn more about installing or replacing the siding on your mobile home. 

What Must You Do Before Installing New Siding?

Because even the sturdiest siding isn't totally weatherproof, it's crucial to install a vapor barrier, sheathing, house wrap, and/or backer board along with the siding itself. This will keep water from seeping through the siding and damaging the structural elements of your home. It will also help your home retain heat, reducing your energy bills. Before installing your siding, you should also choose a skirting design (if you're replacing your current skirting), as this helps insulate the area underneath your home and keep your pipes from freezing in winter.

What Are Your Best Siding Options For A Mobile Home?

The right choice for your home will depend on several factors, including your budget, the area climate, your maintenance habits, and the aesthetic you're going for.

  1. Vinyl siding is a popular (and common) option, which means it's available in just about every color and style you could want. This siding is an affordable option and, when well cared for, can last for decades without needing repair. However, it's important to differentiate between "virgin vinyl" and "recycled vinyl"; recycled vinyl is far cheaper than virgin vinyl but also tends to wear out more quickly.
  2. Wood siding can be a beautiful and weather-resistant siding option for mobile homes. Some wood siding choices, like cedar, have anti-insecticidal properties that can resist insect infestations, rot, and mold, while others must be treated with chemicals to be fully protected from the elements. Wood siding is generally more expensive than vinyl but can also be very long-lasting.
  3. Composite or vinyl cement siding can duplicate the appearance of other siding types, from vinyl to cedar to architectural stone. Because this siding is engineered from polymers, it's naturally rot-resistant and insect-resistant and can stand up to some major temperature extremes, including snow and ice. However, vinyl cement siding can be quite heavy, which means that it may need to be removed or replaced if you decide to move your mobile home to a new location.

Any of the above siding options that fit within your budget can be a wise choice for your mobile home for years to come. Learn more by reaching out to siding installation contractors.