Eventually, particularly if you have lived in your manufactured home for some time, you will likely need to start thinking about the process of replacing your manufactured home subflooring. If you’ve encountered a massive leak of some kind, or if your home is considerably aged, this will be a distinct possibility. We are not referring to your vinyl flooring or carpet here. It’s the wood underneath that is the actual subflooring.
Here, we will discuss replacing your manufactured home subfloor and introduce you to a step-by-step process by which to do it. Remember, too, that in this day and age of everything found on the Internet, “How to Videos” are easily accessible at sites like YouTube.
Manufactured Home Subflooring
Mobile homes and manufactured homes, for many years, constructed subflooring consisting of a glue and sawdust combination referred to as particleboard. Unfortunately, when it gets wet, it acts like a sponge. Soft spots, rot, warping, and bowing can be caused by even a small amount of dampness.
Particleboard isn’t used in every home anymore – particularly when referring to newer manufactured homes. However, through routine encounters with water or leaks, soft spots and warping can occur. OSB, or a higher-grade plywood, is used in many of today’s newer homes and it stands up to water much better than the particleboard of old.
The important thing to remember is that, as quickly as possible, subflooring in a manufactured home should be replaced if bowing or soft spots occur, before further damage is caused.
Replacing Subflooring – Difficult or Easy?
If you are an avid do-it-yourselfer, and you have all the right tools and know-how (and maybe a little construction experience), you might be able to do this on your own or with a friend. If you’re not sure which end of a hammer to hold, however, it’s time to call a professional. Generally speaking, no specialty tools are required, and on a scale from 1 to 10, many do-it-yourselfers would rank this at about a seven. The job must be done right and is tedious, but the material list is short.
Because walls, wiring, and plumbing will come into play, you may choose to have a professional present anyway.
The hardest part of the job? Keeping everything level, old flooring removal, and building out the perimeter joists.
Replacement Process Step-By-Step
- The trim and floor covering must be removed and disposed of. (Make sure that before you move onto the next step, any leaks that occurred are repaired.)
- Cut the subfloor out around the room’s perimeter.
- Between the joists, cut the subflooring.
- All joists should be inspected and repaired if needed.
- Where necessary, add or replace insulation. You can’t have too much!
- Measure the perimeter of the room. Cut your new subflooring. Lay it down. Make sure you reinforce under each seam.
- Now it’s time for your new floor covering to be installed and enjoyed.
What You Will Need
- Liquid nail adhesive
- Galvanized screws
- 2 x 6 lumber
- Either 5/8-inch or 3/4-inch plywood
- Scraper, blade, knife
- Circular saw
- Measuring tape
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