Modular & Mobile Homes in Lexington & Georgetown, KY

Modular & Mobile Homes in Lexington & Georgetown, KY

Modular & Mobile Home Crawl Space Inspection

Crawl Space Assessments

People live in a wide variety of homes, each personalized to the individual tastes of those living in them. Some houses are stick-built, some are modular and still others are manufactured. Some stand on acreage while others sit on small lots. Some are attached to neighboring homes and some are stacked right on top of each other. But all of them are home to someone. And we take pride in providing services for every home style out there. Regardless of what type of home you live in, Weatherization Plus has worked with all these types of homes and more.

When our consultant arrives at your home for your free home assessment, you can rest assured that your property will be treated with great care. There are different construction methods being used to build a modular or mobile home compared to a site-built home. Because of this, there must be different methods employed to address comfort, health, and utility use issues. However, the performance issues with each style home are largely the same; they are all poorly insulated and leaky. But, it’s how we fix them that varies.

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Improving the Home Performance of Modular and Mobile Homes

Modular and mobile homes are those that are partially or wholly constructed off-site and then moved to the desired location. Manufacturers build these homes with lighter-weight products because the structure, or components of the structure, are going to be moved from the factory to the building site. They must use products that are more flexible and can handle being moved. Because of this, these homes have unique features that differ from homes that are built on location.

Insulation

One major difference between a manufactured home and site-built home is the insulation. In mobile homes, there is no attic. However, there is a cavity between the roof and the living space ceiling. A foam type insulation, like a foam mattress, about 3 to 4 inches thick, is installed in that cavity. This insulation product doesn’t come close to the recommended R-value for Central Kentucky. This cavity should be filled with insulation, but most of the time, there is a 6 to 8-inch gap between the ceiling and
the insulation. Caution must be taken when dealing with filling the ceiling cavities in modular and mobile homes so as not to cause ceiling collapse.

Because another difference between a modular or mobile home and one that is completely built on-site can be the wall and ceiling systems, insulation cannot be installed by conventional methods. Conventional homes feature drywall, but many modular and mobile homes use paneling or a thin drywall that cannot bear the weight of certain types on insulation. This seemingly insignificant feature is a very important factor when it comes to improving the insulation in the home. Weatherization Plus is
very familiar with both modular and mobile home construction. Since 2014, the crews at Weatherization Plus have insulated nearly 1000 modular or mobile homes throughout this great state.

Air Sealing

Modular & Mobile Home Energy Assessment

Modular home panels are built at a factory, but the home is assembled on-site. Mobile homes are completely built at a factory and are then moved to the desired location and set up. In both instances, air sealing measures are either not taken or are poorly conducted. This causes these homes to be very uncomfortable and reduce energy efficiency because of the ability for air to move into and out of the home in an uncontrolled manner.

Weatherization Plus has both the knowledge and the skill to evaluate modular and mobile homes to determine the best method for increasing home comfort, health, and energy efficiency. And, since we aren’t a product-based company, we have a variety of products you can choose from to meet your home comfort and energy efficiency goals without going over your budget.

Ductwork Repair and Insulation Services

Mobile homes cannot be placed directly on the ground because of the way they are designed to be moved from one location to another. This, and the fact that the plumbing and electrical systems are typically located underneath the home. The under-belly is a dense fabric-like membrane that houses and protects the plumbing, electrical and HVAC duct systems. The home can be set on a concrete block foundation, or on piers with skirting as an aesthetically pleasing finished look.

This type of crawl space is no different than the crawl space underneath a site-built home in the fact that animals and insects can easily get into the area. And, the issues these unwanted guests can cause are the same. The under-belly can be torn exposing the ductwork. Animals can then walk along the duct system causing damage, leaks, and disconnects.

Weatherization Plus has extensive experience with repairing, sealing and insulating ductwork beneath mobile homes. Our crews can also repair or replace the belly-board when it becomes damaged. Leaky ductwork allows air from under the home to be distributed throughout the house. If you don’t want to breathe the air in the crawl space under your mobile home, call us today.

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