We have a 1974 double-wide whose paint (light green) is fading and oxidized. We have metal skirting (about 15" wide panels) all around the house, except for a deck area.
Our handyman repaired the deck and needed to build a new section. When it was time to cover that area, he used hardy board (I think that's what it's called, very hard and solid) to cover it instead of skirting. He has offered to replace all the skirting surrounding the house with this material, "anchoring" it down to 2X4's of redwood laid at the bottom to hold it in place.
It is difficult to decide whether to change this skirting to this. The skirting is unsightly, needs painting in places, gets crooked, etc. The hardy board just sits there, so it's an improvement! The handyman would of course add entry areas and ventilation areas, if he did this job.
We want to have the exterior of the home painted, so we'd like to make a decision soon. Both types of skirting can be painted, so that's going to be part of the job.
Any opinions on this switch-to-hardy-board would be appreciated.
We are in sunny California, so snow is not a factor, but it does get very hot and freezes in the winter. As it is now, the floors get warm or cold depending on the season. Would the hardy board help with this also?
Thanks for reading this lengthy post. This forum has always been very helpful to me (a first-time owner).