At TruLog™, we often receive inquiries about whether a mobile home, manufactured home or modular home can be upgraded with log-like steel siding to provide the cozy aesthetics of a log cabin.
The answer in many cases is, Yes. But there are some important things to keep in mind when considering the TruLog system or other alternatives like vinyl log siding or wood panel siding for your mobile or modular home.
Know Your Mobile Home
Mobile, modular and manufactured homes are designed and constructed differently. Some are not built to accommodate the removal of existing exteriors or the application of new exteriors over the old. Likewise, not all log-like siding options are suited for some mobile, modular and manufactured homes.
Know the Codes for Log Siding
Before you decide to renovate with log-like siding, it’s important to understand any relevant codes. If you live in a designated mobile home or manufactured home area, there may be specific regulations about the types of exteriors you’re allowed to apply; you may also have to adhere to local residential building regulations depending on the extent of work being done, or if other renovations are occurring in conjunction with the siding.
Measurements are Key
Before consulting with siding experts or installers, gather as much information you can as to the specifications of your home, including any documents that show interior and exterior measurements. Varying mobile home manufacturers have different size specs for log cabin siding, and starting with precise measurements will help ensure that the log siding you choose will properly fit your home and that you will have enough material for the job.
A Note on Interiors
Many mobile, manufactured and modular homes don’t have the interior space or floor plans to accommodate making the inside match the log-like exterior. The manner in which most mobile homes in particular are constructed doesn’t allow for distinctive log cabin-interior accents like ceiling beams and log or wood walls. But there are creative steps you can take to achieve a similarly charming log cabin interior for your mobile home, such as wood-like wall coverings, and rustic furniture and accessories.
If you’re considering steel log siding for your mobile home, modular home or manufactured home and would like to learn more about the benefits of TruLog, please contact TruLog online or call us at 970-646-4490. TruLog is based in Loveland, Colorado, but we ship nationwide and work with installers in many states, including Colorado, Wyoming and Missouri.