Careful Attention to a few basic details will insure that your vinyl Skirting will provide a beautiful, easily installed, completely accessible exterior with a minimum of maintenance. Vinyl Skirting is easily installed over any terrain, requires no special tools and never needs painting. Following these basic installation techniques will assure that our skirting will contribute to the beauty of your home's exterior. Tools you will need:
A level or plumb line should be sued to establish the location of the Bottom Channel. The taller backside of the Bottom channel should be located directly beneath the outside bottom edge of the home, where the Top Trim Back will be attached (figure 1). To prevent grass from growing around the base of the skirting and provide a non-shifting base for the ground spikes, 9" asphalt roof starter should be installed around the home. The roof starter also reduces the possibility of the vinyl skirting panels from being damaged from the use of a powered string trimmer. "Weed=Eater" type trim units will damage the skirting and is not covered by the warranty.
Attach the Bottom Channel directly to the ground through the pre-punched holes (figure 2). Spikes required every 24 inches...extra holes provided for convenience. Another spike or a drift punch may be used to drive spikes completely. To allow for expansion, leave a 1/2" gap between each section of the bottom channel. To form clean, attractive corners, the Bottom Channel can be notched with snips (figure 3) and then bent to the desired angel. (Attached to the ground as shown in figure 4). Note: In high wind areas; where ground below the unit is spongy; or where ground is loose from recent excavation and has not yet settled, it is advisable to fasten Bottom Channel to treated wooden stakes. For installation on concrete, use 3/4" masonry nail instead of ground spike. "Liquid Nail" cement or other similar methods of setting a fastener directly to concrete can also be used.
First determine where the Top Trim Back will mount on the power part of the home. The bottom edge of the Top Trim Back can extend below the bottom edge of the home if there is a solid support for nailing and a solid bearing for the Top Trim Front against the side of the home. It is helpful to mark a line around the bottom of the home with a chalk line or other method to assure a straight line where the Top Trim Back is to be installed.
The Top Trim Back is installed by driving the screw nails in the middle of every slot (figure 5). DO NOT NAIL TIGHTLY! (See nailing instructions on front page) Do not cut Top Trim at the corners. Gently bend over a sharp edge of a cutting table or a similar surface to form a corner (figure 6).
If the installation is made in extremely cold weather, the vinyl should be warmed to room temperature before bending. Warming will avoid the likelihood of cracking.
The Top Trim Back is constructed with two parallel ridges at intervals below the nailing slots (figure 7). These ridges may be used to measure the distance from the ground to the lower ridge. In cold weather, measure to the top ridge. If the ground is level, several panels may be cut at one time using a hand power saw. Remember, if a power saw is to be used, mount a fine-toothed blade in reverse position (figure 8).
LOCKING THE PANELS
A snap lock tool is used to punch locking tabs to the outside bottom edge of each panel (figure 9). When the panel is installed, it becomes locked in the Bottom Channel. This feature assures retention of the panel in the Bottom Channel. Note: When installing in a high wind area, punch locking tabs at the top of the panel for added locking strength.
Self-aligning panels easily snap and slide into place (figure 10). Be certain that each panel positively interlocks with the panel adjoining it. (Above 36" panel height, a framing support system should be considered.)
Panels can be installed by setting into the Bottom Channel and leaning against the Top Trim Back. Lock the next panel as shown in figure 10. Panels should not be cut but bent around corners as shown in figure 11.
FITTING PANELS AROUND SERBICE CONNECTIONS
Cutting and fitting to virtually any shape the panel to fit around the connection. Cut the panel from the side - not from the top or bottom. Keep snip points open as if cutting cloth to avoid cracking panels.
The top trim front installs easily by snapping the top edge of its spring lock into the Top Trim Back. Be sure to push the Top Trim Front all the way into the Top Trim back unit it snaps into place. Each of the 15 pieces of the Top Trim Front are notched 2" on one end to permit overlapping. Overlay ends of adjoining trim from approximately 1". Four of the pieces are factory notched for forming corners.
CUTTING ADDITIONAL CORNERS
If inside corners are needed, trim strips can be easily cut with metal snips to form attractive corner joints by cutting a 45 degree on adjacent ends and butting. If extra outside corners are required (for porches and add-on rooms.) notch the trim strips as shown, bend around the corner and snap into place. Allow at least 3" of trim strip on each side of the corner.
Access can be gained at virtually any point by simply lifting the Top Front Trim and sliding out the desired number of panels.
Proper installation of Mobile Home Skirting requires that the Top Back be nailed loosely so the panels will slide freely in the nail slots. This can be accomplished by leaving the nail head 1/16" to 1/8" from the face of the panel. The nail must penetrate a solid nail able surface by 3/4". The aluminum nails supplied with product are 1-1/2" in length. Do not place outdoor coolers near the vinyl skirting because the heat will distort the panels. Any heat source must be kept away from the panels or damage may occur.