An Ultimate Guide about Mobile Home Interior Doors
The door is the major blockade from the outside world. We put a lot of thought into choosing the right doors for our home exterior and interiors. Choosing the right doors for mobile homes is especially important. The mobile home doors are a point of division and a barrier against the weather conditions. The whole purpose of mobile homes (energy efficiency, that is!) is lost if you don’t have the right doors.
Owing to their importance, we’ll discuss the ins and outs of mobile home interior doors.
Types of mobile home doors
Mobile home doors are essential for providing privacy to the residents, enhancing the home aesthetics, improving the home value, and maintaining the home’s energy efficiency. Different types of mobile home interior doors are designed to correspond to different sets of requirements. Let’s discuss the types of interior doors to give you some insights into mobile home doors.
The types of mobile home doors are categorized by style and material.
Types of doors based on style
Based on the style of operation, the mobile home doors are divided into two types.
- Swinging doors
- Sliding doors
1. Swinging doors
The swinging doors swing along a fixed point to operate. The door has hinges to support the swinging function. These types of doors require some space to open and close. However, mobile homes are usually short of space. So swinging doors are not usually installed in the interior of mobile homes. However, the swinging doors fit well for the mobile home exteriors.
2. Sliding doors
As the name implies, sliding doors slide on a track to open and close. The sliding tracks are usually made of metal. A big upside to using sliding doors is that they don’t take too much space to operate. Therefore, sliding doors work great for mobile home interiors.
Types of doors based on material
The mobile home doors are made using different materials to meet other demands. Some of them are as follows.
- Steel Doors
- Fiberglass Doors
- Vinyl Doors
- Aluminum doors
1. Steel doors
Steel is a material known to us all. It is famous for its strength and resilience. For mobile homes, steel doors are a good choice. In terms of energy efficiency, steel doors are a good shot. These doors last for years. However, they are prone to scratches, dents, and rust if not properly maintained.
2. Fiberglass doors
Fiberglass doors hold a high place in mobile home doors as fiberglass is a high-strength composite material. The door’s core is filled with an insulating foam that makes the door perfectly soundproof and weather resistant. The fiberglass doors are impact-resistant and don’t warp in the sun like wooden or steel doors.
3. Vinyl Doors
Vinyl doors are a cost-effective choice due to their durability, made of polyvinyl chloride resin. The visual appeal is an added quality of vinyl doors, which offers low maintenance and long service life, a complete package at a very reasonable price.
4. Aluminum doors
Aluminum doors are popular for mobile homes as they are practically maintenance-free. These doors are very strong, durable, and rustproof. They can take the daily wear and tear pretty well, but Aluminum doors are also inexpensive.
How to choose a mobile home interior door?
With all the choices mentioned earlier, you might get confused about which one to choose. The more the options, the harder it gets to choose. However, we have a few parameters that will effectively help you choose the interior door for your mobile home.
Mobile homes usually don’t have any proper boundary or protective fencing, so the doors are the major safety against the outside world. So it is important to choose the doors that offer maximum protection and security value.
The whole point of living in mobile homes is gone if you don’t have it properly insulated. So make sure to choose a door that is highly energy efficient.
The budget is one of the main choice factors in any purchase. Consider your budget, space, and other constraints before making the decision. You can get a suitable door even if you have a limited budget. You only have to be thorough in your research.
Choose a door whose installation is easy so that you can save some bucks on its installation by doing it yourself.
Some doors require proper maintenance. If not cared properly, their service life lowers down considerably. I prefer the door material that requires low maintenance so that it would be easy on you. Aluminum or vinyl doors are great in this regard.
How to install a mobile home interior door?
The mobile home interior doors are usually smaller than the conventional doors, so you can install them on your own and save money. Below are the steps to follow.
Before you start, assemble the following supplies.
- Drill machine and drill bits
- Putty tape
- Putty knife
- Wood shims
- You must have the right door size for the mobile home. For that, you need to take accurate measurements. Measure the door opening from outside as well as inside. You might need to remove the trims if you have a combination style door. Measure according to your door style and double-check the measurements. You can also get professional help in the measurements steps to be sure about the dimensions.
- Remove the trim (if any) or any nails and screws first. Clean the door opening in your mobile home. Apply the putty tape on the inside of the flange of your door.
- Now place the door in the opening and make sure that it fits right.
- Insert shims between the door unit and wall. (We are considering the swinging door here.) Now drill holes through door stops and shims.
- Screw in the bolts on the hinge side of the doors, and then do the same for the lock side. Secure the door in place by screwing in the rest of the bolts.
- Once the door fits in its place, install the trim and any other door hardware like locks or safety chains.
There you go; your door is ready to function.