Wednesday, February 15, 2012

What's Under Your Manufactured Home?

We still have mobile homes in our older communities dating back to the mid 1960’s.  The homes have aged so well because their owners took great care of them and they were built on a strong gravel pad “foundation” which was “state of the art” at the time.
All homes need a firm foundation.  For the last 25 years at Jensen communities, that has meant a monolithic concrete slab (or a full perimeter concrete foundation in some of our newest places).  We started using slabs well before they were required because it became a “best practice”.  Since most folks moving to a retirement community (or just a smaller home) do not need a basement and to save on costs, the concrete slab is the best suited for the task of supporting today’s modern (and heavy) manufactured home for years to come.

We start with setting the grade for the site to ensure that water will run away from the home.  Then, crushed gravel and stone are laid and compacted before the slab is formed.  In some soil conditions and climates, extra footings are dug under the home’s pier system or around the outer edge to make the slab even stronger.  The bulk of the slab is about 6” thick and poured with fiberglass or wire mesh for extra strength. 


The slab is made 4” to 6” larger than the actual home to provide a “reveal” and ledge to install either vinyl or brick skirting to dress up the underside of the home.
Home tie-downs are anchored directly into the slab and then to the home securing it according to the home’s installation manual.  Using a full concrete slab also allows the home’s electrical service to be directly mounted on an exterior wall saving cost, extra equipment resulting in a much neater look to the yard.  Setting a proper grade and landscaping up to the slab prevents water from getting under the home.
We take pride in what is under our homes because we know it is important to you and your home’s longevity.
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