New Manufactured Home Foundation Essentials – 2 Must Have Upgrades
When purchasing and installing a new Manufactured Home, there are two upgrades that are recommended. They are installing a Vapor obstacle and Earthquake Bracing. Each is explained here:
Mobile Home Vapor obstacle
A Vapor obstacle for a Mobile or Manufactured home is a sheet of thick, rubbery plastic that goes directly over the dirt under a Mobile or Manufactured home. The foundation docks then rest on top of this obstacle.
You really need to make sure a home you buy or have installed has this protection. Mobile and Manufactured homes need dry ventilation underneath. This obstacle will prevent any moisture from damaging the home – especially decaying of the floors, but also helping with fungus, mold, and termites.
Making sure that a vapor obstacle is installed before you buy a Mobile or Manufactured home is absolutely necessary. And the additional cost is very minimal considering the amount of protection you gain.
If you are buying a mobile or manufactured home that is already on a space, but with no vapor obstacle, then you can hire a contractor to install a vapor obstacle under the home. They will just have to cut pieces that will go around the pier-and-post foundation and all piping in place. This is not ideal, but way better than no obstacle at all.
Mobile Home Earthquake Bracing
Earthquake bracing is recommended in California, and in other places earthquakes are shared. Mobile Homes and Manufactured Homes are especially prone to damage in a earthquake due to their foundation system (most of the time they are installed on a pier-and-post system).
Earthquake bracing is a simple upgrade that can increase the value of your home by at the minimum the cost of installation of the bracing. This cost is running from $2000 to $4500 in California right now. The actual brace is like a shock absorber in a car, but installed at an angle from the steel I-beam on the bottom of the home, and anchored to the ground. This brace will keep the home from shifting off the pier-and-post foundation.
Insurance companies may insist on having earthquake bracing installed if you want to buy earthquake insurance on your Mobile Home or Manufactured Home.
Earthquake bracing can also help a Mobile Home not come off the foundation in high winds, although it is not designed to do this and should not be relied on for this.
Pictures and further explanation on both of these upgrades, in addition as a whole bunch of free information, tips, advice, and recommendations can be found at: http://www.free-mobile-home-info.com
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