Installing Vinyl Skirting: Vinyl skirting is a great way to enhance the look of your mobile home, keep out pests, and even help insulate the underside. If you’re new to vinyl skirting, don’t fret! We’ve got a straightforward guide here that’ll make you look like a pro (even if you’re still mastering the art of using a hammer without smashing your fingers).
Materials That Are Use To Installing Vinyl Skirting
- Vinyl Skirting Panels: You might need more than you think. Always buy a few extras if you make a “creative” cut.
- Top & Bottom Rails: These hold your skirting in place.
- Ground Spikes: These are for the bottom rails.
- Nails/Screws: To attach the top rails to your home.
Steps to Installing Vinyl Skirting
Preparation: First, gather all your materials. It helps to have everything laid out where you can see it. Also, grab a helmet. Kidding! (Sort of.)
Measure Twice, Cut Once:
- Measure the height from the ground to the bottom of your mobile home. This gives you the size of the skirting panel. Don’t worry; you can trim it if your foot isn’t even.
- Now, measure the perimeter of your mobile home.Figuring out how many panels you need, this will help. If math isn’t your strong suit, maybe get a calculator—or a fifth grader—to assist.
Install the Top Rails:
- Align the top rail along the bottom of your mobile home.
- Secure it with nails or screws. Pro tip: If you’re struggling, bribing a friend with pizza to help always works!
Laying the Bottom Rails:
- Place the bottom rail where you want your skirting to end.
- Use ground spikes to secure it into the ground. And no, these aren’t vampire stakes, which would make this project more relaxed.
Slide in the Vinyl Skirting Panels:
- Begin at one end and slide the vinyl panel into the top rail.
- Continue sliding it down into the bottom rail.
- Keep adding panels side by side. There might be some overlap, which is good! It’s like when you get that extra fry at the bottom of the bag—unexpected but very appreciated.
Trimming & Adjusting:
- Sometimes, the ground isn’t as level as our sense of humor. If that’s the case, trim the skirting at the bottom to make it fit just right.
- Use a sharp utility knife. And remember, always cut away from yourself. Or, you’ll be sporting a new “I did DIY” scar.
- Walk around and ensure everything looks good and there are no gaps. If your panels look a bit wavy, it’s not because they’ve been drinking; they need some adjusting. Tweak them until they’re as straight as your grandma’s moral compass.
You’ve now successfully installed vinyl skirting and your home looks snazzy! Celebrate your new DIY badge of honor with a cold drink and perhaps some pizza you promised your friend. If you did this solo, more pizza for you!