Types of Skirting on Your New Home & Considerations

There are several types of skirting available for manufactured homes, each with their own benefits and drawbacks.

1. Vinyl Skirting: Vinyl skirting is a popular choice due to its affordability and durability. It is easy to install and comes in a variety of colors and styles. However, vinyl skirting may not provide as much insulation as other types and can be prone to cracking in extreme temperatures.

2. Metal Skirting: Metal skirting is known for its strength and longevity. It can withstand harsh weather conditions and is resistant to pests. However, metal skirting can be more expensive than other options and may require professional installation.

3. Concrete Skirting: Concrete skirting is a durable and low-maintenance option. It provides excellent insulation and can withstand extreme temperatures. However, concrete skirting can be costly and may require professional installation.

4. Faux Stone Skirting: Faux stone skirting offers a natural and aesthetically pleasing look. It is lightweight and easy to install. However, faux stone skirting may not provide as much insulation as other types and can be more expensive.

When choosing the right skirting for your manufactured home, consider factors such as budget, climate, and personal preference. It’s important to weigh the benefits and drawbacks of each type to make an informed decision.

Michelle Dux, DeTray’s Housing Consultant

Time for Home Preparations

As chilly weather approaches, it is important to take some simple measures to protect your home through the winter months. Winterizing is generally a task that can be done inexpensively, but will make a big difference in how comfortable your home is and could also end up saving you money on energy bills. In fact, many effective house weatherproofing jobs are something that homeowners can complete without any professional help!

Easy Home Weatherproofing

Some small weatherproofing jobs require little to no “handiness”, but can make a real difference once cold weather hits your area. By doing these things before the temperatures drop or the snow falls, you’ll be saving yourself some hassle (and possibly some money, too!):
• Clean gutters and downspouts in mid-fall and double-check them before winter.
• Replace the filter in your furnace.
• Close any vents in your home that may have been opened for the warm weather.
• Disconnect hoses from outside faucets and turn off the water.
• Buy a snow shovel and other winter supplies before the messy weather hits.
• Keep extra water and canned food in storage just in case.
• Test your heating system, so that you know it will work properly when you need it.
• Give your deck a fresh coat of sealer to protect it from the winter elements.

Happy Holiday Season from all of us at DeTray’s Custom Housing!

Jonathan Williams, Sale Consultant

Manufactured vs. Stick-Built Housing

Manufactured homes like ours, are built using the same high-quality materials as stick-built homes. Their manufacturing process is also highly regulated by the federal government, meaning the home you buy is held to the highest standards of quality during its design and construction.

They are built entirely inside “home building facilities” that are climate controlled to avoid weather delays and typically offer many customizable options such as many choices of flooring, cabinetry and exterior finish, just to name a few. Each home is internally inspected multiple times throughout various phases of construction to confirm proper construction and quality.

If the home is placed on the post & pier foundation, perimeter material such as concrete blocks, or concrete skirting will be added to finish the home to code. Manufactured homes can also have a garage added just like a site-built home. Manufactured homes can be finance similar to site built, offering VA / FHA, or Conventional land-home, and Chattel type mortgages. The flexibility for you is unsurpassed. We will put you in touch with the largest manufactured home lender in the state. You can apply on line, or directly in our office.

You can choose from hundreds of designs, and you can also create your own manufactured home design by customizing any of our floor plans. A custom-built manufactured home begins with your ideas and how you want your home to be built, inside and out.

One advantage of the home built in a controlled factory environment, is every part of the home – from the front door to the bathroom sink – is protected from weather-related damage, vandalism and other hazards.

Our technicians, craftsmen and assemblers are well trained and professionally supervised, resulting in an excellence of build. Finally, all of our manufactured homes and modular homes undergo more than 35 quality inspections throughout the construction process to ensure they meet our high standards and meet code.

Provides Many Other Advantages

Interested in vaulted ceilings? We offer them. Modern kitchens with stainless steel appliances and perhaps spacious bedrooms with walk-in closets? Those, too. Like site-built homes, our manufactured homes and modular homes offer plenty of floor plans and amenities. You can also find stylish features such as tray ceilings, recessed lighting, custom cabinet applications, large family rooms with entertainment centers and more.

Manufactured homes must be durable enough to withstand transportation. They are built using jigs and other machinery that help increase the quality of the home. Lag bolts, for example, are better compared to nails or reinforcement straps, which on-site builders use.

These homes cost a lot less compared to stick-built homes of the same style and size. Since manufactured homes are built in a controlled environment, they are easier for workers to complete on time.

Selecting a manufactured home can also mean choosing a larger home because they come with more square-footage for the same price compared to smaller, traditional homes. If your budget is limited, purchasing a manufactured home can be a comfortable alternative to renting, and at a competitive price.

When it comes to stick-built homes, there are so many opportunities for delays. The materials – usually sourced from different parts of the country – can be delayed if suppliers are unable to distribute materials to the builder at the right time. However, because manufactured homes are built directly by the manufacturers, materials are readily available and in abundance to get the job done fast. If you have a time constraint in transitioning to a new home, a manufactured home will save you a lot of time. When placed on an engineered foundation, financed similarly to stick built homes, the value is unsurpassed. Remember, you ordered a home, customized to your standards, with the features, options, and your colors. It is a very enjoyable experience knowing you did it “your way”, and received the highest quality home available for you and your family. Congratulations, we hope to see you soon to guide you through every step of this project.

Respectfully Submitted,

Michelle Dux

DeTray’s Custom Housing Consultant

It’s the First Day of Spring…Cleaning

Written By – Michael Dux, Service Manager

With the first day of spring arriving tomorrow, March 20th, it’s time to look forward to enjoying the amazing beauty that is the Pacific Northwest. It’s also a good time to do a little spring cleaning and home maintenance.

Spring Home Maintenance

We’ll leave the spring cleaning checklist to you, though here’s a list that might help with taking care of the home itself.

  • Clear any debris inside the gutters.
  • Look to make sure that the gutters are still flush to the fascia and that the down spouts are still straight and drain away from the home.
  • Some manufactured homes have a vent along the marriage line roof where the two sections come together. Look for loose shingles or debris that might have blown in.
  • Look for missing shingles or shingles that have popped up.
  • Check the chimney for signs of damage.
  • Examine any decks, stairs, or landings for damaged or splintered wood.
  • Check caulking at windows and doorways, and trim. Rework as necessary.
  • Remove any debris that may have piled up near or around the home.
  • Check the hose bibs, though it might not be time to take those insulating covers off just yet. 
  • Check your multi use fire extinguisher to make sure it’s full and in a good location.
  • Clean out the clothes dryer exhaust vent.
  • Check and replace any burnt out light bulbs. Consider changing to LED lighting for cost savings, and change the batteries in your smoke / carbon monoxide detectors.
  • Clean / Replace the Air Handler (Furnace) filter.
  • Inspect your exterior heat pump or AC for debris both inside and outside.