How Long Does A Mobile Home Last?

If you have built your own mobile home or are thinking of building one, you might want to rule out the chances of it collapsing or losing functionality within the first month.

However, someone abandoning their mobile home because it is too worn out is not something that you hear about regularly.

How long your home will last will all depend on how much maintenance that you put into it.

You can expect most houses to last anywhere from 30-55 years, although extending this will depend on how many repairs that you’re prepared to do to it.

One of the main things that might help you when you are trying to identify weaknesses in your static home will be what the common issues that arise in your home are.

We’ll give you all the most common issues that you can expect to experience in your mobile home and how you can avoid them in the future.

Because what are the common problems that mobile homes tend to suffer? On average, what is the lifespan of a standard mobile home? When should you start making repairs to your home?

What is the best method of construction for one of these homes?

Well, if you want the answers to these questions and a whole lot more, then we would suggest that you keep reading.

We have compiled a list of some of the most common problems and what you should be looking for when your mobile home starts to leak, seep or stops preventing wind elements.

The Reasons Why Your Mobile Home Might Not Last

What Materials Is It Made From?

These houses are generally made from a combination of steel and wood such as pine and oak.

These homes do have a reduced framing design, as they are not the same as homes that are built from stone and masonry.

These houses generally tend to weigh less, so this might be another reason for the weakness in some of their foundations.

Mobile homes will generally be susceptible to a lot more wind, so we would also recommend that you build them somewhere where there isn’t wind.

How Is It Constructed?

This will be very important for preserving the lifespan of your mobile home. Most of these homes come constructed with a metal chassis, which is what allows them to be erected so quickly, but is also what will keep them afloat for longer.

You should be sure that your frame is measured correctly, as the precision of the cutting will certainly influence how stable and durable that it will be.

Having a home that is able to withstand the buffeting of wind and any excess rain that you might experience will be super important for keeping you safe and dry.

What Standards Are Mobile Homes Made To?

There are certain building standards that all mobile homes are required to meet in order to be considered safe.

There have been federal rules imposed on most standards of homes since around 1976, so you can be sure that you’ll have everything that you need for a solid mobile house.

There are many strength and durability tests that are conducted on the home. The main federal rules are the National Manufactured Home Construction and Safety Standards.

You’ll need to make sure that the materials or the construction of your mobile home will compromise its longevity.

If Your Home Is Not installed Well

This might be one of the main issues that might be causing your mobile home to lose some of its functionality.

Improper installation of ceiling tiles or the walls might not show at first, but as the months and years go by, you can be sure that these structural weaknesses will start to compromise the state of your home.

Before you have moved into your mobile home, we would recommend that you get it checked by a building regulation inspector.

Once the building inspector has given it the seal of approval and weeded out any potential issues, then you should be ready to move in.

Issues WIth Foundation

The foundation is the most important feature of your mobile home. If your home is built on shifting soil, then you can soon expect your house to start leaning or warping in the walls.

This might also lead to the doors not shutting correctly and cracks appearing on the sides of your mobile home.

You could rest your mobile home on palettes, which will certainly reduce the risk of warping. You can also have your mobile home raised, which will be very important if you are building your home on moist soil.

Other Damage

One of the main reasons that your home might be damaged is through the water. Your mobile home might develop a leaking pipe or a leaking roof, both of which will definitely negatively impact the construction of your home. 

Cold weather can also freeze this water, which will cause it to expand. It can also cause mold problems, which will be a huge issue if left unchecked for too long.

You can also inhale the mold, which will give you a cough and cause you severe respiratory issues in the long term.

You might also get some pesky critters nestling underneath your home, taking advantage of the shelter and the thermal insulation from the heat.

These animals can also chew through the essential cables of your mobile home, causing even more electrical and water malfunctions.

Our Final Say

We hope that our list of some of the common problems will help you to better plan the building of your mobile home.

You should always make sure that your home conforms to the building standards before you inhabit it.

Mandy Carlos
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Mandy Carlos

Hi, my name is Mandy Carlos, and I moved into my own tiny home around 5 years ago. My home is situated on my own plot of land in the country, and for the most part, I live off grid. Living in a tiny home has been incredible, and I love being away from the fast pace of city living. While tiny homes are becoming increasingly popular, there are still many people that are unaware of the best accessories, and necessities to purchase. This is why I decided to set up Clothesline Tiny Home, to share my experiences with others.

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