Manufactured homes (otherwise known as “mobile homes”) and custom modular homes have one thing in common. They are places to live. Little else about the two forms of home construction compare. Here are some of the striking differences between manufactured homes and modular homes:
Construction: Manufactured homes are built entirely in a factory, including the chassis and wheels. They are then transported to the home site, where they are typically placed on a permanent foundation or concrete slab.
Mobility: Manufactured homes are designed to be movable, which means they can be relocated to different sites if needed. This mobility distinguishes them from modular homes, which are typically intended to be permanently fixed on a foundation.
Federal HUD Code: Manufactured homes are constructed according to the federal HUD (U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development) building code. This code sets standards for design, construction, durability, transportability, fire resistance, and energy efficiency.
Affordability: Manufactured homes are often more affordable than traditional stick-built homes and even modular homes, making them a popular choice for those on a budget.
Customization: While there are options for customization, manufactured homes generally have fewer design and layout options compared to modular homes.
Construction: Modular construction is also done in a factory, but modular homes are constructed in multiple sections or modules. Each module is then transported to the home site and assembled on a permanent foundation to create the complete home.
Building Codes: Modular homes are subject to local and state building codes, which are similar to the codes for traditional stick-built homes. This means they often need to meet higher building standards compared to manufactured homes.
Permanence: Once assembled and placed on a foundation, modular homes are considered permanent structures and are not intended to be moved.
Customization: Modular homes offer more design flexibility and customization options compared to manufactured homes. Buyers can often choose from various floor plans, finishes, and features to create a more personalized home.
Resale Value: Modular homes generally have a higher resale value compared to manufactured homes due to their construction quality and adherence to local building codes.
In summary, both manufactured homes and modular homes are forms of prefabricated housing, but modular homes tend to offer more design flexibility and permanence.
To learn more about the advantages of modular homes, contact Paradise Homes.