The underbelly of a manufactured home often goes unexplored because people are too afraid about what they’ll find there. However, the underbelly should never go ignored as it will need some attention eventually. In this article, you’ll find some ways to update your manufactured home underbelly.
Remove Old Insulation and Belly Wrap
Remove any old insulation and belly wrap at the manufactured home underbelly. Be sure to put on protective gear, like a face mask and goggles, to avoid breathing in any insulation particles.
Fix Weak or Sagging Subfloor
It’s always a good idea to fix or replace a manufactured home’s subfloor if it is weak or sagging. It is quite easy to strengthen weak subfloors by screwing 2x6s into wooden joists. This helps to stabilize the floor.
Install New Insulation
As belly boards cannot be installed like they would be in the factory, the majority of belly boards need to be tacked at the edges and hung in the middle making. You will want to use insulation that fits between floor joists.
Inspect Leveling Shims, Piers, and Footers
Check to see if the piers have started leaning due to soft ground or ground sinks. Leveling shims should also be inspected as they can rot and soften.
Check And Fix Anchor Ties
Anchor ties are extremely important for manufactured homes and need to be in perfect condition, especially if you live in an area that is prone to hurricanes and tornados. You should aim to do an annual thorough check.
Check that the manufactured home is level. In addition, the anchors, tie-downs, and tension devices should also be checked and fixed if necessary. Make sure that the stabilizing device on the anchors are also in good condition.
Install New Belly Board or Wrap
After you install the insulation, you can move on to installing the new belly board or wrap. Consider using a harder fiberglass belly board. Otherwise, a 6-ply polyurethane belly wrap is also good. Attach the new belly wrap metal nails.
Secure Ductwork And Pipes
Ductwork and pipes are prone to deterioration and sagging under manufactured homes. Prior to sealing the belly wrap around ductwork and pipes, ensure that they are not touching the ground. Insulation can be added around or under the ducts and pipes. Using good quality patching tape, seal around the ductwork and pipes.
Perks of An Underbelly Update Done Well
Here are some benefits of a job well done:
- Even temperature in floors throughout the whole house
- Reduction in the number and length of AC run cycles
- Reduction in humidity levels within the home, improving the environment during hot summers
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