When purchasing a mobile home, a gutter system may not be the first thing on your mind. But, if you live in an area like Tampa where heavy rainfall is a common occurrence, you may want to add installing gutters to your list.
Yes, rain gutters are a MUST for mobile homes. Our team at the Rhino Gutter Company explains why.
Why Do Mobile Homes Need Gutters?
Mobile homes require rain gutters just as much as permanent homes do. Just because mobile homes don’t have foundations that can crack and flood like traditional homes, that doesn’t mean that damage can’t be done!
First, let’s talk about what a mobile home is and what isn’t. Mobile, by definition, means capable of being moved but it is important to note that all mobile homes aren’t trailers or RVs.
Many of them look like other homes, complete with landscaping, and devoid of wheels.
Mobile Vs. Manufactured
You may hear the term “manufactured” used to describe a mobile home, but that doesn’t always apply to mobile homes. Many developers build all their homes on one site and then transport them to individual lots.
You may have seen entire homes on flatbed trucks destined for new developments. Sometimes the walls are shipped in stacks, then connected at the site. These building materials may be unusual, but it doesn’t make the home “mobile.” After all, the owners likely won’t be taking it with them when they move!
Many mobile homes sit on cement slabs, with or without footers. This provides a foundation for the home, keeping it level and steady, as well as dry.
Though many homeowners opt to install skirting to cover the footers, the lumber supports of the home must be kept dry to avoid rot. This brings us to the importance of a gutter system.
The Danger of Standing Water
Mobile homes don’t often come equipped with gutters, but that doesn’t mean that your mobile home doesn’t need them, especially in Florida.
Gutters are a very important addition that should be added to your mobile home. Without gutters, rainwater will be able to collect underneath your home, causing the land underneath to shift and make the footers unstable. Further, standing water can seep into the structure of your home generating mold and mildew growth.
The Best Mobile Home Gutter Materials
When it comes to gutters for your mobile home, the type of material used is important. Durability isn’t the only concern. Design and cost are also key factors to look into when choosing the type of material to use for your mobile home’s gutter system.
Here are the best kinds of gutter materials for mobile homes:
Aluminum is the most easily accessible material for mobile home gutters. They are great for mobile homes because they are:
- Readily available
- Easy to maintain
Vinyl gutters are also great materials for mobile homes. They are easy to install and are also quite cost-efficient. They also don’t rust as easily.
It is important to note that vinyl gutters are not a great option for regions with harsh weather as they can warp and crack due to extreme cold or heat.
#3. Stainless Steel
If your mobile home is constructed with shingles on the roof, stainless steel is the best choice for your gutter system. Since they are made from stainless steel, they do not rust and are virtually damage resistant.
Plus, if you install a stainless steel gutter system, you may want to install our patented micro-mesh stainless steel Rhino Gutter Guards to catch debris before it has a chance to clog your new gutters. Nice!
Seamless Mobile Home Gutters
If your mobile home does not have gutters installed yet, call our Tampa-based team at The Rhino Gutter Company at (888) 407-4466 for a seamless gutter installation quote today! And don’t forget to ask about our Rhino Gutter Guards!