Asked on Aug 28, 2018

How can you fix a mobile home ceiling?

by Joyce

We have a 43yr old mobile home and the ceilings are bad. We are over 70 so we need a simple fix Help

  16 answers
  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Aug 28, 2018

    Hello Joy, Wondering what your roof is like - could be in need of re surfacing, because it could be damp is causing the problem. There is a product called "Roofix" that comes in a tin and can be poured on and using a roller to spread over, to waterproof............Best wishes.......

    • Joyce Joyce on Aug 28, 2018


  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Aug 28, 2018

    Hello again Joy,

    I am personally not aware of such a paint her in the UK, but I don't know about where you live! Have you thought to replace with new the trims themselves? or sealing the space with waterproof sealant? Maybe if you contacted a Mobile Home Dealer you may be able to obtain spares or possibly get them from someone like the big DIY stores. good luck..........

  • Nancy McFarland Nancy McFarland on Aug 29, 2018

    Possibly faux shiplap. Thin plywood strips 6" wide. Lowes or Home Depot will rip it into strips for free. Attaching depends--could be glue up or nailed. I would paint it before installing. Just a thought.

  • Karen Karen on Aug 29, 2018

    I agree with Nancy.

    I have the same ceiling. But I had water damage. So I am taking thin plywood cut into 2ft Sq. tiles painting them first then liq. nail to ceiling.

    So you can just take stripa as Nancy suggested if you only want to cover your areas of concern & glue them. Since you have 2 of you make sure you hold them and apply pressure evenly aloe the left for a good bond. Follow directions on how much & how long to hold.

    If your lucky to find the stud put screws to hold up then remove won't see the holes.

    Best wishes.

  • Barb Barb on Aug 29, 2018

    I did my walls with faux shiplap. I am 72 and I must say it look pretty darn good. I did it while my husband was away on a hunting trip. If you do that you need to take down the strips, because that will be your nailing points. You could also use bead board. It comes in 4’ X 8’ sheets. Here again take off the stripping and trim. I think that either would be nice, but the faux shiplap would be cheaper. I used 1/4” plywood cut to 6” X 8’. After you cut it the put it up. Then paint. I also used a brad nail gun and air compressor with 1 1/2” brads. Makes it so much easier! If you don’t own them, you can rent them. Hope this helps!

  • Joanne lueke Joanne lueke on Aug 29, 2018

    I would simply buy a paint with a sand texture and paint over the entire ceiling to hide the imperfections on the strips and have the same texture on the whole ceiling. You can roll it on using an extension pole for the roller, thus avoiding climbing ladders. The only place you would need a ladder or step stool would be around the edges and any light fixtures. It would brighten the room while helping to make those strips disappear. Best wishes.

  • Diana Deiley Diana Deiley on Aug 29, 2018

    I'm in an older mobile myself with the same ceiling and had similar problem. Although our problem was due to someone walking on the roof causing the roof trusses to fall apart. Like I said OLD home. Your problem doesn't look that serious. You could google mobile home manufacturers to inquire their best professional solutions. I'd love to do ship lap ceilings, they are gorgeous. Best of luck.

    • Fiona C orourke Fiona C orourke on Aug 16, 2023

      i had a roof over and when they walked on the roof it looks like inside is sagging i am not sure what to do. any ideas

  • Paul Dempsey Paul Dempsey on Aug 30, 2018

    A blown on texture, or popcorn ceiling as it is also called can only cover so much. And this kind of ceiling is beyond what it would cover up.

    Also, if you are going to nail, be sure you know how much you can nail before going through the roof?

    Drywall and paint will be the cheapest material to use if you have to pay someone. But if you are doing this yourself, a small board product would be easiest. They make some wainscott products that can also go on the ceiling. Pine or cedar. Or white bead board that you can paint. They even had a vinyl product outa few years ago.

  • Jeanette S Jeanette S on Aug 31, 2018


    Being over 70 myself, I can tell you for sure that NOTHING is easy! Even painting is a chore at our age.

    Anything I would suggest would require work beyond my strength level, but I do wish you the best of luck. Be careful and do not overload the weight bearing capacity of the ceiling!

  • Angelina Q Angelina Q on Dec 14, 2018

    Hi Joyce! We have the same ceiling! We took think strips of wood and covered the ugly seams. Then we repainted it bright white. We are in the process of doing that to the rest of the house. I hope this helps.

  • Phaedra Phaedra on Dec 14, 2018

    I found some mobile home ceiling panels . Maybe you could replace your panels and repaint your support grid?

  • Jewellmartin Jewellmartin on Dec 15, 2018

    Joyce, if you can easily hold a pole over your head for an hour, you can caulk the seams and paint the ceiling bright white. Or you can teach a child or teen to do the job and be delighted with the result. You are very fortunate your home is still in as good a shape as it is. They usually need to be rebuilt at twenty years, though many do last years longer with benign neglect. Enjoy your brightened up living room! ☺️

  • ☘️ TxBella ☘️ TxBella on Dec 15, 2018

    Hi Joyce you could texture in a pattern on your ceiling . You’d have to tape and then texture quite a bit it would a bit of work but you love the end result.

    Or you could buy ceiling panels. Just a thought.

  • Kenny Jr. Kenny Jr. on Oct 19, 2021

    Anyone know the name of this paneling? Email me at thanks

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Aug 17, 2023

    How about installing a grid and putting in ceiling panels, it would give you extra insulation as well as cover the irregular ceiling?

  • Diana Deiley Diana Deiley on Aug 17, 2023

    Hello again. I'm reading your question again and viewing the picture. Knowing what I know now, after attempting to repair our sagging ceiling, I can share with you the importance of a good handyman or roofer. Our exact same ceiling sagged due to fallen trusses which required the entire ceiling & insulation to be removed, trusses replaced, and the installation of new insulation, and new sheetrock. It can be done. Personally, I (me, hubby & brother) would never do this again, but definitely would hire a professional who is experienced in this type of work. If you've had the roof repaired, you might consider installing beadboard or shiplap for a wonderful new look. The Lowes and HD also carry new styrofoam panels that look like tiles that are easier to install. Don't give up. Sending good thoughts your way. 👍️