Removing Walls in Manufactured Homes

Manufactured Home
Manufactured Home Wall Removal

Many of the mobile and manufactured home owners have a misconception that removing walls in a mobile home is not possible. However, it is not true as long as you have a good understanding about the mobile home building process and how the structural integrity of the home is achieved.

Removing Walls in Singlewide Mobile Homes

You should have a good understanding about the walls that are load bearing and the walls that are shear bearing. If your singlewide mobile or manufactured home is a relatively new one and is constructed using the latest methods, it will not have any load bearing walls in the inside. The exterior walls and roof of the house will provide the stability of the home. The roof and sidewalls of the home offer the required integrity and stability, and this construction is called integrated engineering.

Some of the home manufacturers use screws, whereas some others use glue to attach the walls. You should be aware of which method your mobile home manufacturer used to attach the walls. Having this knowledge will help you come up with an efficient plan to remove the walls.

Removing Walls in Doublewide Mobile Homes

Doublewide mobile homes are essentially two singlewide mobile homes connected together. The connection line is called the marriage line and it offers better integrity to the home. Each of the singlewide pieces of the doublewide mobile home should have integrity of its own. As long as you do not tamper with the exterior walls or the marriage line of the home, you will not have any issues with removing the walls.

Remember that you need to take proper precautions before trying to remove walls. One thing that you need to watch out for is if the ceiling height changes or if it goes from one height to another on the wall that you are planning to remove. If the ceiling goes from one height to another, it means that either a load bearing or a shear wall is used in your manufactured home. If that is the case, it is still possible to remove the wall, but you should have a clear idea of what you are doing, else you may suffer some really bad consequences.