Recently, we wrote about the importance of mobile home exterior doors. Whether you’re replacing your door or want to give it a refresh with some paint, it’s important to know how they impact the exterior of your home.
But, there’s another component of your mobile home’s exterior that’s worth discussing: your windows. If you need to, a mobile home window replacement is a great way to add value to your mobile home while enjoying other benefits such as increased energy efficiency.
Like any mobile home project, there are some things you should know before you get started. Here’s everything you need to know about mobile home window replacement.
Are Mobile Home Windows Different From Site-Built Home Windows?
If you’re replacing your mobile home windows, you may have questions about which windows you can use. Specifically, you may be wondering if mobile home windows are different from windows in site-built homes.
The short answer is no. Generally, you can shop for windows without having to look for windows specifically branded for mobile homes. This is because you’ll shop for windows based on their size, which we’ll get into more below.
However, you may find that there are different types of windows that are popular for mobile homes. This can be because of their cost, their energy efficiency, or their ease of installation. We’ll talk more below about the different types of mobile home windows that are available, too.
Why Would I Need To Replace My Windows?
There are a variety of reasons why you might need to replace your windows:
- Your windows don’t keep out cold air from outside.
- The glass is chipped, cracked, or completely broken.
- You have trouble opening or closing your windows.
- The wood around the windows, known as the frame or the jamb, is damaged or rotten.
- The window seal is disrupted.
No matter why you need ro replace your mobile home window, you want to make sure you get the job done right.
Can Mobile Home Windows Be Replaced?
Yes, absolutely. You can replace your mobile home windows with newer models that are of better quality and promote increased energy efficiency for your mobile home.
There are, of course, some things to keep in mind when taking on this kind of mobile home project. First, you’ll need to figure out how big your replacement needs to be.
This doesn’t just involve measuring the length and width of the window itself (though, you will need to do that, of course). You’ll also need to take a look at the window jamb, which is the framing around the actual window pane. If it’s misshapen, the wood is rotting, or is damaged, you’ll need to replace the entire frame down to the studs. It’s certainly possible to do this on your own. However, it may be worth calling a professional contractor who can get the job done relatively quickly.
The good news is that if your window jamb is in good condition, you can use a “pocket window” for your mobile home window replacement. These are a budget-friendly option if you need to replace just the window, and NOT the jamb. Essentially, these replacement windows are simply slipped into the jamb and screwed into place.
What Types of Mobile Home Windows Are There?
You’ll quickly find that there are three types of windows out there that are popular with mobile homes: fiberglass, vinyl, and aluminum.
Fiberglass Mobile Home Windows
The biggest draw to fiberglass mobile home windows is that they’re much more durable than other types of windows. The seamless frame is perfect for painting, and has a ton of weather resistance because of its durability, too.
With the added durability comes added cost, however. Fiberglass mobile home windows are among the most expensive kinds you can buy. And, they’re among the heaviest, too. This means that you’ll need a helping hand if you’re installing them on your own.
Fiberglass windows are great if you want to paint the frame and blend it with the exterior of your mobile home. This is because vinyl windows, as we explain below, aren’t typically painted.
Vinyl Mobile Home Windows
Vinyl mobile home windows are by far the most common type of window you’ll find in mobile homes. In fact, many manufacturers in the industry rely on vinyl windows when building new manufactured homes. They offer a strong, tight seal that makes them more energy efficient than other types of windows. And, you won’t have to paint them over time.
For the price you’ll pay for quality vinyl mobile home windows, you’ll get incredible durability in both the color and the build quality. Because they’re so durable, you won’t need to install a storm window in most cases. You’ll have more than enough energy efficiency and weather protection with a vinyl mobile home window.
One other thing to keep in mind: you may see some vinyl mobile home windows that are described as “double pane” or “single pane.” A double-pane window has even more energy efficiency compared to a single-pane. Both types, however, are highly popular among manufactured homeowners.
Aluminum Mobile Home Windows
Aluminum mobile home windows are not as common these days compared to the past few decades. However, they still offer many benefits for mobile homeowners.
One of the biggest benefits is cost. You’ll find that aluminum mobile home windows are a fair amount cheaper than their fiberglass and vinyl counterparts. And, they often offer sound dampening that makes it harder for outside noise to get inside. If your neighbor has a loud dog or children, these windows may be able to help with noise reduction as a result.
Compared to fiberglass and vinyl, you won’t get as much durability. Aluminum windows may be more susceptible to rust or cosmetic damage. This is because aluminum is a lighter material. However, this means that you’ll have an easier time with installation, especially if you have to install multiple windows.
Also, aluminum windows are not as effective at creating a tight seal around the frame. As a result, your windows may suffer from reduced energy efficiency. Some models of aluminum windows have gotten better at keeping cool air inside during the summertime. However, their ability to keep warm air inside during the winter can still fall behind.
How Can I Replace My Mobile Home Windows?
If you’re going the DIY route for replacing your mobile home windows, there are steps you should take before you start working.
First, before you buy any supplies, you must measure the window. To do this, you’ll take three horizontal and three vertical measurements. For the horizontal measurements, you’ll measure the top, center, and bottom of the window. For the vertical you’ll measure the left side, right side, and center. From there, you’ll be ready to order your new window based on the smallest horizontal and vertical measurements.
You’ll also need to measure the windows from each side jamb, as well as from the head jamb to the window sill.
As you’re replacing your mobile home window, make sure you have the right supplies, too. These can include:
- Safety glasses
- Pry bar
- Tape measure
- Power drill
- Putty/utility knives
Now, you’re probably ready to start on your mobile home window replacement. The exact process will depend on what kind of window you’re replacing. And, it will depend on the scope of the project. We recommend searching for a mobile home window replacement tutorial based on what kind of window you have, as well as whether or not you need to replace the jambs.
Where Can I Buy What I Need For A Mobile Home Window Replacement?
If you’re getting ready to start a mobile home window replacement, let MHVillage help you out.
Head over to our Parts & Supplies page to grab anything you may need for your mobile home window project. Whether it’s a screen or some hardware that you may need, you can take your window shopping (get it?) online quickly and easily.