Nowadays, mobile home insulations have been simplified significantly. People don’t seem to care about long-lasting improvement, because most of them consider that fiberglass rolls and insulating foam in large quantities are enough to solve the problem. However, there is a lot more to think about when you are planning to insulate your mobile home because you have to find solutions for every corner.
Always keep in mind that mobile homes are made with poor or no insulation and materials used by manufacturers are thin and don’t offer too much thermal protection. Also, high winds can move the house from its place, and temperature variations can reduce any chance of air-tightness.
Under these conditions, it’s important to know all the details that will turn your mobile house into a safe, welcoming refuge. If you need some help, read this article, and you will find out more about the world of mobile home insulation.
First and foremost, it’s important to know what type of materials you can use for the process. The R-value will tell you what the best solution for your home is. This means that you have to measure the thermal resistance of the insulating material. Three factors can influence the R-value: the type of insulation, density, and thickness.
Although the range of insulation material available is large, let’s focus on those that apply to a mobile home. Materials have to be chosen according to your type of house and insulating style.
The most common type is by using blankets or rolls. In this case, you have to use materials like fiberglass, mineral wool, plastic or natural fibers.
If you insulate your house by using rigid foam boards you will have to use materials like polystyrene, polyisocyanurate or polyurethane.
Blow-ins or loose-fill insulation is usually done by a professional contractor and only with adequate equipment. You can get excellent results if you use cellulose, fiberglass or mineral wool.
Insulation with polystyrene beads is the easiest way to do it; you can perform it by yourself. Also, the beads are immune to water damage. For this process, you can use polystyrene or fiberglass.
In addition, you will need some accessories to help you finish the job and get amazing results: weather stripping, caulk, and spray foam.
What house parts should you insulate?
Moving further, let’s see which parts of our house we can and should insulate. In any circumstance, we should start with the roof because it is the part that’s most affected by the weather conditions. For the roof, most people use blown-in insulation.
The walls are another important area to insulate. It’s not easy to do them, because you have to be careful not to affect the mobile home’s integrity. The most popular insulating options for the walls are blow-ins, polystyrene beads or patching up with foam boards.
When you start the insulation process, it’s necessary to look for some products that provide insulation for your doors and windows, as well. You could include storm or double-glazed windows and doors. If some cracks appear in these areas, you could solve them by using weather stripes and caulk.
The underbelly of your mobile home is another area which needs to be insulated. In this way, you protect the plumbing, and your pipes won’t freeze over the cold season. Now that we’ve mentioned it, water heaters, ducts, and plumbing can be insulated very easy.
The insulation process will run smoothly if you use the right materials and follow all the safety rules. However, some mistakes and issues might show up at a certain point. In order to prevent them, we should know what to expect.
Insulation issues can happen for various reasons. For example, not enough insulation was blown in, some rooms were missed, not enough attention was given to specific areas, like the knee walls and more. Make sure that you insulate every corner of the house, including the attic access, platforms, and walkways.
Before you start insulating, check to see if there are any leaks in the underbelly. If you find any, fix them, because they can damage the area. Also, be careful with the wiring and holes made by your pets.
Your windows or doors can be affected by environmental factors like the home’s movements, shrinkage, water, and tear. Therefore, don’t forget about them when you insulate your house.