If you are a contractor or a client, here is the information that you need to know:
YOU ARE A CLIENT
Check with your provincial authorities to find out about current recommendations for renovation projects. In some parts of Canada, contractors are allowed to present quotes and carry out renovation projects starting in the upcoming days and weeks.
For example, in Quebec, all renovation projects will be allowed to start on May 11th 2020. In Ontario and Alberta, there is no set date for construction and home renovations to be relaunched. As such, strict guidelines are still in order. Please consult your provincial government website for specific information.
In the meantime, RenoQuotes is here to put you in touch with our network of contractors. We encourage clients and contractors to follow the rules and guidelines enforced by provincial authorities.
Consult our article for tips on how to organize your project remotely: How to Receive Quotes Remotely
Be sure to check out the following article for general information about renovations during this extraordinary situation: Renovation projects in the time of COVID-19
YOU ARE A CONTRACTOR
Guidelines vary from one province to another. As the information is changing daily, we encourage you to consult your local government website for specific information.
In any case, you will have to adapt your practices when presenting quotes and carrying out the work. In some areas, only remote communications are permitted. For advice on how to present a quote remotely, check out this article: 3 tips to present quotes remotely
If you meet with a client in person and start working on a project, strict hygiene and social distancing measures must be adopted. Here's another article that could interest you: What you need to know about construction sites reopening
Do you need financial help for your renovation company? Check out this article: Guide to financial assistance programs for Canadian businesses
Last modified: 2020-02-27 | Approximate reading time 4 mins
With big cities beginning to lack space due to infrastructural development, more and more individuals are turning to mobile homes as an alternative lifestyle. Others may already own mobile homes as a getaway from their regular abode. In both cases, mobile homes are a unique living experience.
As a moveable home, they should be adopted by the adventurous type or those who enjoy being on-the-go. However, especially in Canada, mobile homes need the right type of insulation to maintain energy efficiency while keeping warm and staying cool.
Most mobile homes are made of a metal casing and compact structure that is poorly insulated on both the top and bottom. Further, plenty of mobile homes have poor ventilation. If you’re a homeowner curious about owning a mobile home, or you’ve already got one, read on to find out how to properly insulate one.
For some, properly insulating a mobile home will involve installing insulated skirting underneath the home’s structure. This will help to reduce air infiltration, as well as creating a thermal boundary so that your home stays warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Further, if you have struggled with frozen pipes in the past, installing insulated skirting is necessary, as this will help to prevent those issues.
There are several types of mobile home skirting, but almost all will serve the following functions:
Ventilation: Skirting will work to ventilate your mobile home properly, as it will require adequate means to ventilate during those warm spring, summer and early fall months.
Strengthen the insulation: As we mentioned, skirting will work to correctly insulate, and thus, strengthen your mobile home. Of course, you should choose a skirting that is weather resistant, with an insulating value of 8 or above. It is recommended that you look for pre-made insulated skirting, as this will allow for the most cost-effective method, as compared with individual products.
Thermal envelope: It is important to maintain a thermal envelope when it comes to installing your mobile home skirting, as it will need to be wrapped around the perimeter of your home. For this reason, if you have a deck or porch attached to your mobile home, you must use extra material to maintain the envelope.
Durability: Most mobile home skirting is thick, and can be quite durable. Skirting will keep your home durable, and protect against wind gusts. Also, depending on the thickness of the material you choose to install, critters and bugs will be kept from the finding their way underneath and into your mobile home.
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Weatherization will typically consist of filling the underside of your mobile home to further reduce any form of air infiltration. Filling in the underbelly will truly create a thermal boundary. You may choose to weatherize with a variety of materials, though the most commonly used are fibreglass and cellulose. However, fibreglass is naturally water-repellent, whereas cellulose is not. Therefore, choosing your material will directly depend on the climate of your mobile home's placement. There are plenty of ways to weatherize your home, and they are as follows:
Patching: Patching is done by addressing any visible holes in the bottom or sides of your mobile home structure. This can be done in a variety of ways, but it is recommended that you use a house wrapping material from your local hardware store. Staple it to the structure or use screws and washers to secure it into place.
The center of your mobile home: Most mobile homes have a weak center point because of plumbing placement. Insulating this area can be risky, as you want to make sure that heat from the duct is still able to reach your pipes. However, plenty of air escapes from here and it is therefore important not to overlook it.
The entrance point: Consider accessing cavities around the entrance point of your home. This can be done by drilling holes through the rim joist, followed by sliding or removing the skirting that is in place on the exterior. Enter the cavity by carefully prying it open with an aluminum pole.
As we mentioned, you can choose from a variety of materials to insulate your mobile home. We are going to mention a few of the popular ones:
Fibreglass: You may choose to use fibreglass if you live in a particularly wet region of the country, as fibreglass is naturally waterproof. Moreover, fibreglass resists corrosion and will not catch on fire or fall apart easily. This insulation method can be expensive in comparison with the others listed but will stand up against the test of time.
Plastic beads: Plastic beads are installed using a blowing machine, which may need to be rented from your local hardware store. Plastic beads are an excellent insulation method, as they are moisture-resistant. However, they measure lower than fibreglass in the realm of thermal resistance and R-value, and should, therefore, be left for less-severe needs.
Cellulose: Like plastic beads, cellulose requires a blowing machine for installation. However, this insulation method will put more pressure on the walls and ceiling of your mobile home than the others listed. Also, it easily absorbs water, so cellulose should not be used if you’re living in a wet climate.
RenoQuotes.com can help you get quotes for your mobile home insulation project. If you submit your project to us, we’ll put you in contact with top-rated contractors. Fill in the form on the homepage (it only takes a few minutes), and you will get estimates from trusted professionals.
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