Manufactured Home Exterior Finishes and Their Care

Jacobsen Homes takes great care to use materials which have good endurance qualities and will last.  However, the durability of your home depends greatly upon you make regular inspections, completing routine maintenance and when required, completing immediate repairs to your home.

What To Do

Bottom Board:

Check the bottom board frequently for tears.  No insulation should be visible.  Tape up all tears with a heavy-duty tape (i.e. duct tape).

Anytime you must cut into the bottom board of your manufactured home, always be extremely careful to avoid cutting electrical wiring, plumbing supply lines, and/or plumbing drain lines.  Turn off the power supply to your home at the main breaker (located in your electric panel box) before you cut into the bottom board to reduce the risk of electric shock.

Always thoroughly patch any holes you may have to make into your bottom board with a heavy-duty tape.  Check to insure the tape will hold and not fall off over a period of time.  Replace insulation.


What Not To Do

Bottom Board:

Do not cut holes in the bottom board material without covering it with an appropriate patch when repairs are completed.

Never "blindly" cut holes into your bottom board as many plumbing and electrical components are located in the area.  Always disconnect the power to your home at the main breaker before cutting into the floor, walls, roof, or bottom board areas of your home.  Never cut into these areas with the power supply "ON".  If you do no, you are risking possible electrocution.

Never leave holes open under your home.  These areas make great "breeding grounds" for rodents, insects, and other pest.  Frequently inspect this area to insure that any patches you make are holding.




Check frequently for rust.  If you see rust, use a rust inhibitor type paint to touch-up those areas of the frame where the rust was found.


Do not work on the frame without repainting all areas where the work was performed.


Insure provisions are made for both front and rear vents.

If the home is not on a cement pad, check your set-up manual for ground preparation under your home.  Insure there is proper drainage from under your home.

Always skirt your home.  This will keep many unwanted pests out from underneath the home.  Animals and rodents can tear holes in your bottom board, damage electrical and plumbing connections, or tear the duct lines to your air conditioning unit.


Do not install your skirting without ventilation.  Never allow water to stand or puddle under or around your home.





Exterior Vinyl Siding:

Normal rainfall and/or occasional rising with a hose will keep the siding free of loose dirt.  If dirt accumulates, use a nonabrasive household detergent with a soft cloth or soft bristle brush to clean the siding.  Some stains, such as wet leaves or flowers, which have been allowed to stand may require extra rubbing.


Exterior Vinyl Siding:

Never use harsh or abrasive cleaners on the exterior surface of your home.  Always allow the exterior of your home to cool before cleaning it.  Never clean it in direct sun light.

Waxing of vinyl siding is not required or recommended.  Never paint vinyl siding.  The vinyl siding is a solid colored piece of vinyl and does not require painting.  Note:  If you home does not have vinyl siding, please call the factory for further instructions.

Windows and Doors:

Use a caulking compound that is pliable and does not harden.  Seal all cracks and opening around the top trim and around all the seams of the windows and doors.  You must check all caulking on a regular basis to insure that no holes or gaps have developed which would allow water to enter the walls of your home.

Windows and Doors:

Do not neglect the caulking of your home.  This caulking will not only help to preserve the integrity of your walls and exterior siding, but it will also help to reduce (or maintain) your level of energy consumption.  This will help to lower your overall energy bill.  

Shingle Roofs:

The roof of your Jacobsen Home generally receives the most wear of any part of the manufactured home.  To maintain the integrity and extend the life of you roof, you must follow these guide lines:

Any maintenance or repair work must be done by a "licensed" roofing contractor.

Most inspections done by you can be done effectively by stepping away from your home and looking to see if anything does not seem right.  If you see anything that looks like it may need closer inspection or repair, call a licensed roofing contractor.  Roofs can be steep and/or slipper, so insure your safety do not attempt to do any repair or maintenance yourself.

The roof should be inspected at least once a year and after any major storms.  All vents and opening in the roof should be carefully inspected to insure an adequate seal is maintained.  If your contractor finds an area that is not adequately sealed, have them reseal around the entire vent or opening to insure that no leakage of moisture into the roof cavity occurs.

When your home is set up on site, it is extremely important that nothing comes in contact with your roof.  Low hanging tree branches should not scrape the roof, and should be clipped periodically to avoid contact with the roof of your home.  If you should see any debris on your roof have, it removed immediately.


The cause of most roof problems can be avoided by having a thorough yeary roof inspection.

A roof check after a heavy rain or windstorm may avert later problems.  Your annual roof inspection should include checking of the eaves, rake ends, individual shingles, stacks, and vents as well as the roof surfaces.  The vents or stacks should be coated or sealed as necessary for a maximum and trouble free life.


Shingle Roofs:

Do not go on your roof; a fall could cause severe injuries. 

Do not allow dirt of debris to settle and accumulate on your roof.  If large quantities of debris, such as leaves build up o your roof it may cause premature deterioration.