This weeks blog will be about Mobile Home Remodeling and the differences between mobile homes and stick built homes. In Florida, we are known as the mobile home capital. For example in Clearwater, New Port Richey, Hudson and Land O’ Lakes Florida, that are full of these type of communities.
So, lets get started. A mobile home is a home brought in on a chassis. Some are normally single wide. There are a few that are double wide’s and there becomes a difference mobile homes and modular homes. For reference a modular home is still brought by truck but probably no landing gear and are more modernly built. I wanted to bring up that when remodeling on a modular/mobile home the key points to remember are small in detail but can save you headaches and hassles.
1. Most of your interior walls will be 2×3 walls instead of 2×4 walls.
2. The decking is usually made of pressboard or o.s.b. instead of plywood.
3. All your plumbing drains are P.V.C.
4. Your door lock hardware is different in characteristics and the “off the shelf” hardware at a local store will not fit properly the style of the door. This is for the metal doors and the inserts.
5. For double and triple wide trailers, there is a “Y” used for the ductwork. You will have this to allow the supply air for all ducts. If there is no air on one side of the home, this is the first place to check.
6. Your foundation is setting on concrete block piers. Its always a good idea every so often to check on them, to make sure they are not sinking. Also your ground straps should have tension on them and no corrosion.
7. Carports are usually metal pan roofs. These are a maintenance item and need to be re-coated every 8 years approximately.
So as you can see that there is differences in these homes. When working on a mobile home, double check the item you are replacing. It may look similar as you may see in the store, but a lot of times there is small differences. For more information about this topic or schedule a free in home estimate to take care of those repairs, call us anytime at 352-437-5300 or our website to schedule an appointment, www.pascoremodel.com