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Can you put siding on a metal mobile home

Likewise, people ask, can you put vinyl siding on a metal mobile home?

Using vinyl over metal sidings isn’t a great idea. It will cause corrosion and rusting. Better remove the old siding first and then install vinyl sidings separately. Check this for more information on sidings.

Subsequently, question is, how much does it cost to put siding on a mobile home? Assuming your trailer’s outside walls are 10 feet high, you’ll have 140-square-foot trailer ends and 700-square-foot sides, for a total of 1,680 square feet. The cost to put in new vinyl siding on a 14 x 70 trailer cost ranges, at the time of publication, would start just above $3,000 and climb to $12,000 or more.

Also to know, can you put siding on an old mobile home?

Siding. Be on the lookout for waviness, wood rot, holes in siding and skirting, stains, dents, etc. Pro Tip: Completely replacing or installing vinyl siding directly over aluminum or wooden siding on a single wide mobile home may cost approximately $1,000-$2,500 for labor and material.

How do you fix siding on a mobile home?

How to Replace Mobile Home Siding

  1. Remove the existing siding from the exterior of the mobile home with a pry bar.
  2. Pull out nails that do not come out easily with a nail puller and a hammer.
  3. Measure the length of the exterior walls with a tape measure.
  4. Cut the vinyl siding and starter strip on the marks with a circular saw.
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Mobile home with ribbed metal siding over sided with vinyl

Central Florida 1978 mobile home with vertical metal ribbed siding; the home was re-sided with vinyl over top of the metal. it was clearly a non-professional install due to many discrepancies. My question is; could there be any issues with using the vinyl over the old metal siding. Thanks

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Condensation which could cause rusting (steel) or corrosion (aluminum) of the metal siding . but that might be why it was covered to start with.

Sealing the vinyl siding around windows and doors would be a problem too.

Re: Mobile home with ribbed metal siding over sided with vinyl

Jerry is right, the vinyl will be poorly sealed around the windows. Does water run down the walls, or does it have a real roof with proper overhang at the eaves? Eavestroughs?

The expected life span for a 1978 mobile is about 50 years. The vinyl siding is making it look a bit better in its final years.

Re: Mobile home with ribbed metal siding over sided with vinyl

John, Jerry
No overhang, coated roof rusted through, multiple ceiling stains, water damaged walls, water damaged floor, FPE’s, multiple plumbing leaks, underside was scary, out of level, 36 years of amateur wiring, bad windows, sliders not tempered, rodents. anyway you get the picture.
Thank you both for your quick replys

Re: Mobile home with ribbed metal siding over sided with vinyl

Sounds like nothing a new MH wouldn’t fix.

Re: Mobile home with ribbed metal siding over sided with vinyl

The metal siding on a mobile home is a ventilated wall. Not intended to be air sealed at top or bottom. The ventilation is “designed” to allow moisture to escape. This design has proven successful, although some claim it is because the metal siding heats up so much that this adds to the moisture removal. From a building science stand point the added vinyl cladding is now inhibiting the air flow from the vented wall and minimizing the heat flux into the wall. Both these actions will decrease the amount of moisture removal from the wall cavity. If the occupant runs their AC on the cold side, this could increase moisture accumulation at the inside gypsum and create soft walls.

Re: Mobile home with ribbed metal siding over sided with vinyl

There will be problems with condensation, rust, damage to walls and floors. I would think a 1978 mobile home would best be torn apart and hauled away.

Re: Mobile home with ribbed metal siding over sided with vinyl

Hi there,
Using vinyl over metal sidings isn’t a great idea. It will cause corrosion and rusting. Better remove the old siding first and then install vinyl sidings separately. Check this for more information on sidings.

Like every home, mobile and manufactured homes require care and maintenance to look and function at their best. Replacing the siding on a mobile home is one of the most common exterior repairs or upgrades that gets done on this type of property.

Mobile homes can be clad in all the same materials and styles as permanently-fixed homes. This means that you can also get the benefits of using a lower maintenance and more durable material for your home, like the benefits that come from using steel siding.

Mobile Home Siding Considerations

Most mobile homes have many of the same considerations and concerns as permanently-fixed homes. Climate, moisture, location, appearance, and maintenance are all things that you’ll need to consider as you make your decision whether to reside, and what to reside your home with.

Mobile homes can be located anywhere in the country, so like other types of homes they may be impacted by a wide range of different climates and weather conditions. In areas like Arizona that see a lot of sun and high UV index, wood siding tends to peel more quickly, requiring more maintenance, while materials like vinyl often soften in the sun, warping over time.

In the north and northeast, very cold temperatures can mean that vinyl siding cracks over time, and that there are additional concerns with needing to insulate the home as well.

If you’ve put your mobile home on a foundation or given it a more permanent skirt, you’ll also want to find a siding material that can complement its appearance. Mobile homes can look very attractive when clad with the right material, and they can take on a range of different styles, including siding in a board and batten style or log-look siding that can transform a mobile home into the look of a log cabin.

It’s also important for mobile home owners to have a siding that’s both durable and low maintenance. Many mobile homes can be impacted by things like high winds, rain, and hail, which can damage the property and mean a lot of high maintenance and costly repairs. Choosing a siding that can help protect your home from the elements, as well as from moisture, insect activity, or fire, can go a long way toward helping save money on exterior home repairs and maintenance.

Material Choices for Residing Mobile Homes

Mobile homes can be resided in all of the same materials as other homes. After taking the various considerations into account, however, you may find that your search is narrowed down to some of the more durable materials.


Vinyl is a popular choice for mobile homes because it’s inexpensive and doesn’t require paint. But, it’s not very durable, melting in hot temperatures and becoming brittle and cracking in cold climates. It’s also not very aesthetically pleasing, with visible overlapping seams and a limited color range. So, while vinyl may be lower in maintenance than wood, it’s not always the best choice for mobile homes.

Fiber Cement

Fiber cement siding gets a lot of attention as a more durable alternative to both wood and vinyl. It’s definitely more durable and it withstands both heat and cold better than either wood or vinyl. But, it’s an extremely heavy material that can be difficult and expensive to install. You may have trouble finding someone that’s willing or able to install it, and while it’s lower maintenance than wood, it still requires repainting about once a decade, so you’ll still be spending money on exterior upkeep over the life of the siding.

Steel Siding

Steel siding makes an excellent choice for log homes, combining strength and durability with style and curb appeal. Steel siding is available in styles such as board and batten or log-look siding that can give your mobile home a fresh new look.

Steel is moisture and insect-resistant, as well as flame retardant, so it isn’t impacted by various weather conditions or climates. This keeps the repairs and maintenance needed to the bare minimum, reducing your upkeep costs. Steel siding comes in many colors with an authentic woodgrain finish, and doesn’t require repainting like wood or fiber cement. With steel siding, you can gain protection for your mobile home, while giving it a fresh new look.

Update Your Mobile Home’s Exterior

Your mobile home has many of the same concerns as other types of homes, and you need to make sure that you’re preventing any issues with the siding you choose. Utilizing steel siding from TruLog is one way to protect your mobile home from the elements, while also giving it the appearance of a cottage or a log cabin. Give your mobile home the upgrade it needs to look and function at its best, and install steel siding on your exterior to capture these benefits for yourself.

John Fedro has been actively investing in individual mobile homes since 2002 and in parks since 2016. Additionally, h.

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The exterior of any used mobile home you purchase should ideally be aesthetically pleasing to your buyer and should absolutely be safe and weather-tight. If you missed part 1 and part 2 of this 3-part article series, please see 3 Common Misconceptions Investors Have About Mobile Home Repairs and 5 Common Interior Mobile Home Repairs (& How to Handle Them!).

  • Before purchasing any manufactured home, make sure you inspect the following locations for weaknesses, soft spots, and any repairs or updates needed.
  • When repairing your current manufactured home, consult with at least three locally licensed professionals concerning potential repair issues you have identified as needing to be fixed.

Below is a short list of common areas you will find repairs needed concerning many used mobile homes.

5 Common Exterior Mobile Home Repairs (& How to Handle Them!)

1. Roofs

Without a solid and water resistant roof, a mobile home stands very little chance against the elements. As we outlined in the second article of this series, ceiling water-stains and ceiling leaks are the best evidence of an active and/or previous roof leak. However, do not passively accept the absence of ceiling water-spots as an excuse to avoid getting on the roof and walking around if possible. Verify the integrity and strength of the roof by visual inspection and walk on the roof to check for possible soft spots, tears, small holes, weaknesses, waviness, missing shingles, loose material, fallen branches, etc.

Pro Tip: Roof issues do not void a possible deal; however, these repairs must be factored into the purchase price of any mobile home you are considering investing.

Can you put siding on a metal mobile home

2. Siding

When discussing the exterior of the mobile home, we have to consider the aesthetic appeal of the property and the functionality of the current siding to keep the home safe from the elements. An unattractive exterior is not something most buyers want to see when looking at a mobile home for sale. However, an unattractive exterior is preferable to a dilapidated property in need of many exterior repairs. Be on the lookout for waviness, wood rot, holes in siding and skirting, stains, dents, etc.

Pro Tip: Completely replacing or installing vinyl siding directly over aluminum or wooden siding on a single wide mobile home may cost approximately $1,000-$2,500 for labor and material. This work should take no longer than a few days to complete.

3. Deck/Stairs

Spacious decks can be an affordable way to increase the desirability of almost any manufactured home. Be aware that all stairs, steps, railings, and decks should be up to code with regard to their safety and construction. Holes and weaknesses in floorboards or hand railings should be corrected and fixed immediately.

4. Underside

Always be sure to remove a few pieces of skirting and look underneath the mobile home with a powerful flashlight. Some possible things you will notice are:

  • Junk and debris all over the place
  • Water pipes seeming to lead nowhere
  • Insulation hanging down
  • Stray cats or dogs living under the home
  • HVAC ductwork
  • Piers or blocks supporting the home

Before reselling a manufactured home, it is important to make sure that the underside the property is protected from animals and freezing weather. In general, a mobile home skirting is ideally designed as a buffer from the outside world and the underside of the mobile home. Ideally, this should keep away vermin and cut down on wind chills under a home.

Before reselling any manufactured home the underside of the property should:

  • Be free of most debris, pests, and junk.
  • Have all the insulation re-tacked to the underside of the home.
  • Have all the exposed pipes wrapped with working “heat tape” if located in an area with freezing weather.

Pro Tip: In areas with multiple months of freezing weather, it is wise to use 1/4 inch plywood to hold the insulation to the underside of the mobile home. This will result in a smooth looking underside that is finished 100 percent with plywood. This will act as an additional weather barrier and pest defense.

Can you put siding on a metal mobile home

5. Location

Whether your manufactured home is located in a pre-existing mobile home community or attached to your own private land, it is crucial to consider the location before and after purchasing this investment property.

  1. Your land: If the mobile home is located on land you will also be owning, then by all means it is important to have curb appeal throughout the property to attract a retail-paying buyer. The cleaning and rehabbing of this land is up to you.
  2. In a land-leased park: If the mobile home is located in a pre-existing mobile home community, then it is important to work with the current park manager and owners to make sure the home’s lot looks aesthetically pleasing to most buyers and the park.

Pro Tip: Always make sure to account for the local buying-demand and supply for any given area. Regardless of the home you are selling, it must be priced attractively to sell to a low-risk buyer within a fairly short period of time.

In conclusion, there is not one or two things that go into purchasing a manufactured home for personal use or investment. Rather, there are a few dozen moving pieces to consider before purchasing any property for investment. If you are walking inside or outside a subject property, be aware of repairs needed and your initial feelings about the home; these will likely be the same feelings and thoughts many of your buyers have as well.

With that said, unless you have experience, it is never wise to assume you know what local mobile home buyers are looking for. Instead, you may wish to always have clarity of your local market, the subject property you are looking at, all repairs needed, a buying demand once fixed, your entrance and exit strategies, etc. From this position of clarity, you will then be able to structure win-win purchase offers with most sellers and aim to help local buyers and sellers directly in your area.

What repairs have you run into on your mobile home? Anything you’d add to this list?

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The estimated installation cost includes the following:

  • Setting the home that you selected onto your foundation or building pad (This assumes normal lot conditions and does not include any extra costs to maneuver the home to your building site or any crane rental fees)
  • Installing blocking or piers under the home and levelling the home with shims
  • Anchoring the home to your foundation with tornado and/or hurricane proof anchors
  • Insulating the marriage line and bolting the various sections of your home together at both the floor and roof lines (if there is more than one section)
  • Finishing roof venting and ridge cap shingles
  • Installing siding on the ends with house wrap (if you selected the house wrap option with your home order)
  • Installing soffit and fascia on the ends of the home for the complete exterior finish
  • Estimates to hook up to existing utilities (you will have to add the cost of a new septic, well, electrical service, and also driveway and etc as needed on your site)
  • Estimate to complete the inside trim and finish work

Add for concrete If a concrete foundation (slab or crawl space) is required, add an estimate of $10 per Sq Ft of home to this price guide (if you don’t have an actual quote)

Add for skirting (Not needed if home is on a crawl space)

Add for A/C if not an option included by your manufacturer

Typical Investor funded projects

Project Cost $160,000

LESS Buyer Down Payment (20,000)

Management fee (10% of balance) 14,000

Investor capital (70% of balance = 61% LTV) 98,000

Home Nation capital (30% of balance) 42,000

Net to Investor at Buyer’s loan closing in

approximately 90 – 120 days

(50% of Management fee) $7,000

Project Cost(See VA loan pre approval here ) 267,000