Basic Facts About Modular Homes.
Here we answer some of the initial questions you might have, to help guide you in your decision making process.
What is a modular home?
A modular home is one that is built in a factory-like setting. Often referred to as a stick-build made indoors, the finished products (or sections) are covered and transported to their new locations where they will be assembled by a builder. A modular home is not a mobile home; it is simply a house that is built off-site as opposed to on-site. These homes are often called factory-built homes or system-built homes.
How do modular homes differ from homes built on-site?
When building an on-site house your materials and every step of the construction are exposed to any changes in weather. This may cause extended delays, unforeseen deterioration of the materials and an overall difference in the quality of the final product.
Because modular homes are built indoors they can be completed in a matter of weeks. These constructions follow an assembly line type of fabrication. Meaning that they keep up with a production schedule and must meet quality standards and a delivery deadline. These homes must conform to specific rules, guidelines and building codes that often surpass those of traditional on-site built homes. However, it is important to shop around. Not all companies that make factory-built homes are alike. There can be significant differences in quality, price, service and availability of options.
How are they assembled?
A modular home starts out as sections built in a climate controlled facility. The finished sections are set on trailers are transported individually by semi to the site where the foundation is already built, then the sections are assembled onto the foundation. This process quite resembles that of building with LEGO© bricks. The setup occurs in one of two ways: by using a mobile crane to lift the sections and set them on the foundation, or by rolling the sections aligned on rails until they are resting on the foundation. The rolling method can only be used if the structure is single-story and does not appear to be common in the industry.
Do all modular homes look alike?
Contrary to popular misconception, modular homes do not all look alike. Although there are base models for different categories, these homes have no design limitations. You can create any style you wish, from a traditional Ranch to the Chalet style. You can add any style window or architectural detail that you desire. The variety of options and features is wide enough to accommodate every taste. Nearly all floor plans can be turned into modular homes.
What’s so remarkable about modular?
Computer software programs commonly used by builders and architects allow any home plan to be constructed with modules, and intricate designs or features can always be added on-site. Our homes are not just built, they are engineered.
What about cost and quality?
Modular construction helps reduce cost overruns by purchasing building materials in larger quantities than most builders, cushioning consumers from sudden spikes in material prices. Additionally, this type of construction eases the need for too much reliability on subcontractors, streamlining the home building process. One of the greatest benefits of modular technology is that construction can take place year round in almost any weather without exposing the materials to the climate, guaranteeing a high quality product. On top of that, due to the transportation aspect of the project each section of a home is built with a stronger and more rigid structure than a site built home.