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Over the last few years I’ve had the privilege of working with modular building professionals across the country. Like most, I confused 3 very important points about modular in the beginning.
1) Myth: Modular housing has less quality than a stick built house. Modular housing is constructed ‘off site’ in a temperature controlled environment away from the rain, hot/cold temps and other uncontrollable events that could cause delays in production. Stick built homes (how you see most houses built) are built ‘on site’ where all the material needed is delivered directly to the site, outdoors. Both are building houses BUT where they are built AND how they are built structurally is different. It’s not about less or more quality, for that comes with the material the builder chooses to use so choose your builders wisely! For great information about modular housing visit Express Modular’s website.
2) Myth: Modular and Manufactured housing is the same. The only thing they have in common is the letter “M” – Modular homes are like a stick home as far as having rules and regulations that need to be followed. (Modular actually has more rules and regulations to follow than stick and I feel it makes their house a bit stronger structurally) Manufactured homes (aka mobile homes) per Wikipedia “The requirement to have a wheeled chassis permanently attached differentiates “manufactured housing” from other types of prefabricated homes, such as modular homes.” Manufactured homes are built to the HUD code which is different.
3) Myth: Modular housing takes longer to build: Fact: Modular homes take 50% of the time to build compared to a stick built ‘on site’ home. Why? Because there is no interruption in the process of making the house. Weather is not a factor as the house is built indoors and most labor is in-house and not subcontracted out.
I work with all builders from modular, stick, log, panel, manufactured and so on. I fully believe that if you are looking to build a new home, educate yourself on all that’s out there. It just keeps on getting better!
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