Insulating Skirting

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Stika
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I had an Idea of Insulating my skirting by getting a roll of the foil bubble insulation and putting it behind the skirting. Has anyone tried this will it help?
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Yanita
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http://www.mobilehomerepair.com/article6.htm

Hi,

Welcome to the site. Check out the link I just left for you. It came from our Articles section.

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Dean2

I have metal skirting,not insulated,I had some heavy plastic and,just for grins and a place to use it,applied it under the metal.

My neighbor wich moved His mobile in around the same time used rigid pink insulation and vinyl skirting,after numerous problems He wanted what I have so I got Him a deal on the same metal. I think He repaired the insulation and put the metal over it but I was gone on the road much of that time.

To My mind,in a colder climate,good heat-tape and pipewrap is far more important than insulated skirting. In a warmer climate,white skirting to reflect the sun's heat is best to keep the crawlspace cool and prevent heat from rising. Here in the Driftless Area,We get both cold and hot alot,I'm thinking of painting My skirting bright reflective gloss white as the heat reduction in summer would far offset the heat gain in winter IMO.

Folks far to the north or south of Me may have different views on it all.

Dean
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Greg
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Hi & welcome. I am not sure of the R Value of the bubble, but I doubt it is all that high. I know Mark in South Dakota says the tempeture under his home rarely goes below freezing. See his artical "A better skirting idea" in the "articals" section of the site. Greg
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Dean2

Stika,is this the stuff You are talking about?

http://www.insulation4less.com/

I didn't delve deep enough to see prices but it sure sounds like good stuff in the adds. One would expect the stuff with aluminum radiant barrier on both sides to reflect radiant heat away in the hot summer months and inward during winter,,win win situation if it is all it is cracked-up to be.
Stika
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Sally
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Loved the article on the metal skirting!, but regrettably, I guess I woke up in Russia this morning - - my county's Building Inspector's Office regulates EVERYthing on mobile homes, and they will only allow four types of skirts. Metal is not one of them. (In fact, the only thing keeping me from spending $4K+ on a new skirt is the fact that I'm going to "repair" the existing vinyl skirting - I'm replacing the top front and back rails and channel track on the bottom, but reusing each of the vinyl panels.) If I wanted to replace and not repair, I would have to do back flips through hoops of flaming fire to meet their requirements. I don't know why county building inspectors' offices have to be such a pain in the donkey, but mine certainly is. Anyway, sure have enjoyed the tips on this site!
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flcruising
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Since when do you have to get a permit to replace mobile home skirting?

I've never heard of such a thing?
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Yanita
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Well here in NC if you want to do anything other than paint and rearrange the furniture you better be pulling a permit!

There are many areas where local codes are alot more stringent than state codes! Always best to be safe and call your local codes office. Permits are alot cheaper than fines!

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shadow745
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flcruising wrote:Since when do you have to get a permit to replace mobile home skirting?

I've never heard of such a thing?

Well some areas can be so strict you have to get a permit to sneeze. I think it's not so much replacing the skirting, but what you replace it with. Obviously metal skirting could be a problem in high wind areas. You wouldn't want a piece flying at you in 50+MPH winds. Later!
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Then I'd request they show me the code they refer to for such questionable information.
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