Help! I need skirting!

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Thu Aug 30, 2018 9:35 pm

I have come into ownership of my childhood home, a 70x14 mobile home on a concrete slab, my father had originally skirted it with OSB and 2x4’s which apparently were not pressure treated and have aged poorly. It is in dire need of replacement, however I am feeling overwhelmed by the options. I need great insulation value (winters where I am can easily drop to -30), but I also want something that will last, seal up well to keep pests out (spiders are creepy and I believe there is currently a coon holed up down there :shock: ), and I want it to look nice.

I was looking at a product called rapid wall that seemed to be easy to diy and from the images it looks well sealed. I believe they have an option for 2”t insulation which sounds nice. My only concerns with the rapid wall are: 1. Durability, I’m a naturally clumsy gal and I could easily see myself getting too close with the weed whacker, also for the money I’m hoping that I will not have to worry about re-skirting the place for many years to come, and 2. Installation on the slab, like how does that even work?
In the video I watched, the guy was installing it on a mobile home without a slab, just straight dirt underneath, he used ground spikes. My slab extends beyond the perimeter of the MH, by about 20 feet in the front, and about 10 feet on either side, with the rear of the home being the only section that is anywhere near flush with the slab, so I assume going with this method would require me running a 2x4 along the base of the skirting to give me something to screw the rail into.

Anyway, what do you guys think would be the best skirting material for my needs?

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Fri Aug 31, 2018 5:27 pm

I am a big fan of steel skirting. It is about bullet proof, and if a critter chews it's way through it I'm not going to mess with it.
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